Beyond Lebanese political reform: A reconciliation with basic values.

The one consistent thread throughout Hezbollah’s decision-making process is Lebanese politics.

"The prospect for Lebanese civility," in Politics in Lebanon, ed.

Realistic solutions to the conflict are few and far between. Turnbull has joined an emerging consensus in recognising that the Syrian conflict requires a comprehensive political solution, not just a military one. But the unstable – and arguably unsustainable – Lebanese political system does not provide a workable model.

Politics of Lebanon - Wikipedia

Well before the ended Lebanon’s 15-year civil war in 1989, its political system was characterised by “confessionalism”. This is a complex quota system in which political, judicial and administrative power is distributed among religious groups.

From independence in 1943 until the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975, Christians and Muslims were represented in parliament at a ratio of six to five. The president was a Christian. Both these mechanisms ensured Christian political pre-eminence.

The Pragmatics of Lebanon's Politics

Society was divided notonly into diverse sectarian communities but also into socioeconomicstrata that cut across confessional lines.The primacy of the family manifests itself in all phases ofLebanese life including political, financial, and personalrelationships.

View From Beirut: Failures of the Lebanese Political System

Turnbull called for a power-sharing government modelled on nearby Lebanon’s post-civil war political settlement. It recognises that a resolution to the Syrian civil war must be political, not simply military. This stems from an underlying belief that inclusive government will “deprive Daesh [Islamic State] of its support base” within Syria.

Political Attitudes Surrounding the Lebanese Presidency

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri unexpectedly resigned Saturday during a trip to Saudi Arabia, saying his life was in danger, and creating a leadership vacuum in an already politically fractured country.

The Lebanese Political Model and the ..

In the 1980s and early 1990s, Amal competed with Hezbollah for Southern Lebanese support for guerrilla campaigns; however, Amal disarmed in 1992 and is now Hezbollah’s political ally in the government.

the Lebanese political system has been subject to …

In Lebanon the population is generally held to be roughly split between various Christian, Sunni and Shi’a denominations (although no-one truly knows because the sectarian balance is so fragile that a census has not been held since 1932). Sunni Muslims make up around 70% of the population in Syria. A quota system would empower this group and marginalise smaller groups.

The Role of Hezbollah in Lebanese Domestic Politics: …

Perhaps most significantly, Lebanese anti-corruption protestors express clear opposition to the confessional system. They see it as a mechanism that institutionalises sectarianism and clientelism at the expense of meritocracy and accountability.