Lebanon Stands on the Edge of Spiraling Violence

Ryan Bohl
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Thomas Abi-Hanna
Global Security Analyst, Stratfor
Jan 17, 2020 | 11:00 GMT
Lebanese police walk by a bank vandalized during protests in Beirut on Jan. 16, 2020.

Lebanese riot police walk past the branch of a vandalized bank in Beirut after anti-government protesters took to the streets on Jan. 16. As the violence grows, so will the odds that armed sectarian factions will confront the demonstrators.

(ANWAR AMRO/AFP via Getty Images)

As anger over an underperforming economy grows in Lebanon, the tactics used by its pan-sectarian protest movement are becoming more violent and disruptive. The development, in turn, is increasing pressure on the country's political factions to find a counter. With Lebanon under a caretaker government until Prime Minister-designate Hassan Diab...

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