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Lebanon Today

Nizar Abdel-Kader is currently a political analyst and columnist at Ad-Diyar Newspaper, Beirut.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
4276 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

He is the author of two books Iran and the Nuclear Bomb and A Nation of No Fences, in addition to many published research papers on current political, strategic, and security topics.  He lectures on security and international relations and Middle Eastern issues at many international forum and has been a lecturer at the Lebanese University  the College of Economics and Business Administration.  He is a member of the board of the National Defense Journal (Lebanon). 

Nizar was a career military officer for 39 years with the Lebanese Armed Forces, retiring in 1995 with the rank of Major General. 

The talk will be approximately 20-25 minutes followed by a question and answer period and will highlight the following issues:

  • Introductory remarks on the Lebanese parliamentary system and its success in combining consensus and parliamentary democracy
  • Discussion of the roles of major players that will affect Lebanon’s stability and its drive to restore its full independence and sovereignty
  • Definition of the trends that may result from such interplay and the subsequent impact on the continuation of Lebanon’s recovery
  • Explanation of the current challenges Lebanon is facing now and the identification of the role of the local dynamics in this unending crisis, to include Hezbollah’s role and the terrorist threat
  • Presentation of a quick overview of the Israeli and Syrian policies to destabilize Lebanon and to derail the peacekeeping operation in South Lebanon
  • Highlighting possible scenarios and concluding remarks.


 Photo credit: Title Beautiful Land/Beirut, Lebanon, by Sorgol on flickr

Cost : Free of charge

Mani A. Jad

Sponsor(s): Center for Middle East Development

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