Based on my research at @sciencespo, I wrote this for @MDiplomacyWORLD discussing Lebanese perceptions of corruption and how the organizational behavior of the 2019 protest movement reflected these perceptions. Can this be translated in a new #Lebanon?
Lebanon has been going through its worst economic and financial crisis amid a shortage in foreign currency reserves, prompting Lebanese banks to impose unofficial capital control on withdrawals in Lebanese pounds while the U.S. dollar is no longer available at banks.
Moreover, the outbreak of COVID-19 exacerbated the problems, leading several companies to go out of business while laying off thousands of employees.
According to the World Bank, the poverty rate in the country exceeds 55 percent, noting that citizens who are still employed have lost around 80 percent of their salaries' value.