Jean AbiNader is a Middle East analyst and writer who lives in the Washington, DC area. He produces blogs, position papers and policy studies related to US-Arab political, economic and security issues. He has been involved in US-Arab advocacy for more than 40 years, having been the first Arab American to lobby on US policies in the Middle East. He recently edited the Lebanon Policy Paper: Recommendations for a Sustainable Bilateral Relationship, a joint project of the American Task Force on Lebanon (ATFL) and the Middle East Institute. He has been traveling to the region since 1972. AbiNader consults on strategic communications and organizational change for both international and US clients; has led a graduate-level seminar at Georgetown University; lectures at American University on international development and challenges in intercultural negotiations; and leads a seminar on effective negotiations at Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco. His blogs can be found on www.atfl.org and his own website, www.abinaderadvisoryservices.com.
In this episode of FO° Podcasts, Fair Observer’s Editor-in-Chief Atul Singh is joined by Jean AbiNader, a veteran expert on the Middle East and a Lebanese American who is closely connected to his ancestral land. He analyzes Lebanon’s endangered economy and political instability.
The three-time former prime minister has been appointed to lead the latest iteration of Lebanon’s government, with no assurances that the power brokers will cede him the authority for desperately needed reforms.
Global competition, heightened interventions by regional actors and increased local domestic instability have changed the calculus of what will best serve US interests in the Middle East and North Africa.
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