Lebanon is a nation that has gone through a turbulent economic situation ever since its cataclysmic civil war ended in 1990. Left with a weakened state, warlords who held onto power for decades, and a terrorist organization controlling its security apparatus, the Levantine nation has become internationally isolated over the past several decades.


In the early 90s, Lebanon went through a slow economic and demographic crisis as many of its best and brightest emigrated after the war. This process has sped up in the past several years as the country’s economic situation has rapidly deteriorated, with fears of another armed conflict on the horizon.

Dozens of MPs have pledged to improve the state for years, but all have failed to uphold their promise and taken advantage of the lack of checks and balances to embezzle public funds. The Beirut Blast would symbolize how much of a catastrophe awaits Lebanon, which is rapidly deteriorating into a Somalia/Afghanistan failed-state situation.

The once economic powerhouse of the Middle East has become a powder keg of turmoil, corruption, drug trafficking, and a haven for warlords. With regional tensions heightened between Israel, America, and Iran, Lebanon, which hosts Iran’s most powerful militia, could raise the alarm and potentially be America’s next Middle East intervention.

America’s History with Lebanon

When Lebanon sought its independence after the Second World War, the United States put pressure on the French government to do so. Decolonization was a major policy of the US towards Western Europe in order to have funds for reconstruction after the war and from this, Washington established friendly relations with Beirut.

Lebanon was heavily dominated by a Christian Maronite government, which leftist and pan-Arabist groups in the country resented. This would lead to the 1958 Crisis and Civil War.

During the crisis, then President Camille Chamoun requested help from their former colonial overlords, France—but they rejected it as they prioritized attempting to put down a revolution in Algeria. He then requested military intervention from the United States to put down the pan-Arabist-Nasserist-communist bloc. As Chamoun was a pro-western and staunch anti-communist president of Lebanon, it was deemed essential to back him during the Cold War.