Positive peace for Lebanon
What accounts for the vulnerability of Lebanon’s politics? The state is weak relative to society. The state is also soft: its boundaries are permeable to foreign influence
Marie-Joelle Zahar, Accord 24 special adviser
Lebanon is not a post-conflict society. A fundamentally different approach is needed to transform precarious stability in Lebanon into durable peace. Repeated outbreaks of political violence since the 1989 Taif Peace Accord show that Lebanon’s model of power sharing and liberal economic growth, while widely praised, has in reality failed to deliver a noticeable peace dividend.
Lebanon’s collective amnesia has been fostered by political elites who played a role in the civil war and have refused public debates that could implicate them
Sune Haugbølle, Accord 24 special adviser
Selective implementation of the Taif Agreement has belied the essence of its stated objectives. Arbitrary and partial application of reforms … have in fact exacerbated confessional tension and competition
Karam Karam, Accord 24 special adviser
Accord 24 includes more than 30 articles and interviews of peacebuilding experience in Lebanon from diverse perspectives and disciplines: applied and analytical, and from inside and outside the country. Together they show that peacebuilding response strategies that can influence leverage points within the system and support Lebanese ownership can make an impact to promote positive change.
The Lebanese are not passive victims of a violent fate determined beyond their country’s borders. Individually and collectively, they are responsible actors capable of shaping their own future
Elizabeth Picard and Alexander Ramsbotham, Accord 24 editors