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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Qifa Nabki on Mikati's Resignation

Amid the hue and cry over the resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Najib Mikati, Qifa Nabki reminds us, in his ironically titled "Mikati’s Resignation Signals the Collapse of the Lebanese Idea, Renewed Civil War, and the End of the World as We Know It," that it actually means none of those things, being yet another all too familiar case of Lebanon's fragile system seizing up as key transitions (Parliamentary elections and the end of a Presidential term) approach. He's one of the best commentators on Lebanon, and it's a useful antidote to some of the Sturm und Drang. He's not saying Lebanon's not in deep fecal matter, he's just saying this is a familiar place they visit all too frequently, if I read him rightly.

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