COASTAL MARITIME INSECURITY AND POLITICAL PROTEST IN LEBANON

A close-up view of sewage water running along the concrete canal of the dry Beirut river in the Lebanese capital, August 6, 2019. Photo by Joseph EID/AFP via Getty Images.

Anti-government protests erupted across Lebanon in October 2019. Plagued by years of economic downturn, civil unrest, corruption, and rampant pollution, Lebanese people took to the streets frustrated with the lack of economic opportunities, stable electricity and clean water, and waste and pollution-management infrastructure. Amidst the widespread discontent with Lebanon’s government and its perceived corruption and incompetencies, a look into Lebanon’s maritime security and welfare offers some insight into the historical path leading to today’s unrest.

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