Home Politics Abroad : Role of Lebanese Diaspora in Conflict, Peacebuilding and Democratic Development

Fifteen years of civil war and subsequent political and economic instability have forced hundreds of thousands of Lebanese citizens to emigrate to countries around the world. The deep and chronic divisions within the Lebanese polity are often reproduced within Lebanese diaspora communities. On the other hand, diaspora communities have also produced moderate Lebanese politicians who have returned to Lebanon to take up important political roles in the aftermath of the civil war. But despite anecdotal evidence of strong diaspora influence on homeland politics, there are virtually no empirical studies of this phenomenon.

This project will analyze the impact of the Lebanese diaspora on the political process in Lebanon. Researchers will examine how local Lebanese actors, including the state, respond to political attitudes in the Lebanese diaspora, and whether these attitudes tend to reinforce peacebuilding and democratic development or perpetuate conflict and civil strife. The methodology will consist of a comparative analysis of the political dimension of Lebanese diaspora communities in Australia, Canada and the United States.

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Start Date

Thursday, January 1, 2009

End Date

Thursday, February 14, 2013


36 months

IDRC Officer

Alma, Eileen

Total funding

CA$ 331,400


Lebanon, Middle East, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia, Australia, Canada, United States


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Dr. Paul Tabar


Lebanese American University

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