ABSTRACT

Lebanon: Background and U.S. Relations [November 30, 2009]   [open pdf - 325KB]

"This report provides an overview of Lebanese politics, recent events in Lebanon, and current issues in U.S.-Lebanon relations. [...] The March 14 coalition maintained a slim majority of parliamentary seats in the election on June 7, 2009. Since then, all Lebanese parties have been working to form a new consensus government, but the process has been significantly delayed, paralyzing government institutions. If these efforts continue to stall or fail altogether, U.S.-Lebanon relations could be challenged by political stalemate or an increase in sectarian violence. The Obama Administration and Members of the 111th Congress may also consider the regional and international struggle over Iranian influence in the Levant, the growing threat of radical Sunni movements, and Syria's efforts to move out of isolation, all of which weigh heavily on the Lebanese government and U.S.-Lebanon relations."

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CRS Report for Congress, R40054
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2009-11-30
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