Three months after the explosion that destroyed large parts of Beirut, what’s happening to the Lebanese protest movement in a society barely able to get by, let alone rebuild? What avenues do people have to affect change while contending with deepening political and economic collapse amid a global pandemic?

ICWA Discussions hosted a Zoom webinar on Nov. 16 with Zahra Hankir, Tarek El-Ariss and David Kenner to discuss the latest developments on the ground, how Lebanese are expressing themselves under a corrupt elite and the context of media and culture in the wider Middle East.



Tarek El-Ariss is Professor and Chair of Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College. He is the author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political and Leaks, Hacks, and Scandals: Arab Culture in the Digital Age.



David Kenner is a Beirut-based journalist and ICWA fellow. Before his fellowship, he was Middle East editor at Foreign Policy magazine.






Zahra Hankir is a British-Lebanese journalist and author. She edited an award winning, best-selling collection of essays, Our Women on the Ground: Essays by Arab Women Reporting from the Arab World. Her work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Vice, BBC News, Al Jazeera English and Businessweek, among other publications.




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Top photo: Blocked roads in Beirut (Freimut Bahlo, Wikimedia Commons)