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European assistance for crisis-ridden Lebanon

Lebanese and international criticism of the EU's new aid package is exaggerated

The EU's new support program for Lebanon expands on its previous commitment to the cedar state. In addition to supporting the provision of basic services (health, education, etc.) for people in need, the EU also wants to focus more on security and migration management. Since the agreement was widely portrayed in Europe and Lebanon as a kind of “refugee deal” to keep migrations away from European shores, the offer was met with rejection in Lebanon's heated domestic political climate. The country considers itself overwhelmed by the presence of 1.5 million Syrian refugees. If the program is implemented properly, it can help Lebanon deal with its economic and social problems and contributes to the strengthening of the Lebanese Armed Forces, one of the few still functioning governmental institutions.

Official and Black Market Exchange Rates in Syria, by Karam Shaar

An online interactive tool for tracking exchange rates in Syria

Appropriate research and policy tools are required to track Syria’s monetary policy and assess the diversion of aid by the Assad regime through the imposition of unfair exchange rates on donors through the UN.

Business Responsibility Towards the Environment and Human Rights in Syria

A study conducted by The Syrian Legal Development Programme in collaboration with Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Lebanon Office.

This study dives deep into the overlooked role of businesses, dissecting their environmental footprint and shedding light on the urgent need for sustainable practices.

Socioeconomic and Political Landscape of Lebanon

National Public Survey | November 2023

By gathering data from a representative sample of Lebanese citizens, encompassing different regions, ages, genders, educational levels, and socioeconomic backgrounds, this study offers a panoramic view of the socioeconomic situation in Lebanon.

Lebanon's Public Financial Mismanagement

Twin Deficits, Broken Budgets, Shattered Trust: Evaluating Lebanon's Public Financial Management Landscape

Modern PFM frameworks are intended to design a regulatory and institutional framework for governments to achieve a budgetary cycle that meets policy-oriented fiscal objectives and enhances transparency and accountability in the management of public finances.

Dangerous Illusory Giant

An article in the Syria dossier of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in zenith magazine

After 12 years of civil war Bashar Al-Assad still holds on to power. Has Syria's president emerged victorious from the conflict?

When Return is not an Option

An article in the Syria dossier of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in zenith magazine

For Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan, the question of refugees is central to their Syria policy. But the main stumbling block to a solution is also the original cause of the crisis

What happens in Syria?

The Syria dossier of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in the 2023 winter edition of the zenith magazine

What has changed in Syria 12 years after the start of the conflict and what developments will shape the country and the entire region in the coming years?

Food Security in Lebanon: Developments since the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

By Anna Schellenberg

In June 2023, Lebanon faced the second-highest food price inflation globally, reaching a staggering 280%. This surge was part of a broader trend, as the Food Price Index skyrocketed by 304% between May 2022 and May 2023.

Gulf States’ Syria Approach: Regional Pragmatism in the Face of Global Multipolarity

While Syria’s regional isolation ended with its readmission to the Arab League, Gulf States are taking divergent paths when it comes to reestablishing ties with the Assad regime

This paper analyzes the motivations (or lack thereof) of the Gulf monarchies to normalize relations with Syria. It focuses on underlying regional and international drivers for such a step and further sheds light on the respective Gulf monarchies and their specific positions on Syria.