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A truly robust and invigorating Hariri led discussion of Lebanon’s defense strategy

Aram is real sharp, although we differ on some key issues, but imagine the really really robust discussion here with TWO pentagon people (Bush folks at that [NOTE – Ex has rightly corrected me here – Mara is a key bush era person, but not a political and Kahl did a non political year for CFR under rumsfeld…..]) dominating a discussion and only Aram representing the “Lebanese opinion” – for which he has a very minority point of view, I would suggest.

Are Hariri and Lebanon getting their bang for their buck through Hariri’s Renaissance foundation? Notice in the blurb, of course, NO MENTION of the critical national defense issue for Lebanon: ISRAEL.


The U.S.-Lebanon Dialogue Program
invites you to a roundtable discussion on:
Lebanon and National Defense: Charting a Grand Strategy?

Aram Nerguizian, Visiting Fellow, Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy, Center for Strategic & International Studies

Matthew Spence, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense

Colin Kahl, Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security &
Associate Professor of Security Studies, Georgetown University Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

Moderated by:
Mara Karlin, Principal Director – Strategy, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense

12:30 – 2:00 pm
On Wednesday, February 20, 2012

The fractured state of Lebanon’s defense strategy, the Lebanese Armed Forces and Hezbollah’s jockeying for defense supremacy, has come under greater scrutiny in 2012, as the conflict and Syria threatens to spill across Lebanon’s boarders, and potential regional conflict with Iran looms large.

This event invites experts to discuss multiple facets of Lebanon’s national defense strategy. It will delve into the current status and role of the Lebanese Armed Forces, highlighting both domestic and external threats resulting from the Syria crisis. The discussion will also touch on the question of Hezbollah’s arms and the greater issue of Lebanese state sovereignty. The panelists will shed light on the evolving US-Lebanon military relationship and offer recommendations on devising an effective security strategy that promotes state sovereignty and stronger relations with the US defense establishment.
Toni G. Verstandig
Middle East Programs
The Aspen Institute

The U.S.-Lebanon Dialogue Program is a partnership between the Aspen Institute’s Middle East Programs and the Lebanon Renaissance Foundation. To learn more please go to


Written by nickbiddlenoe

February 13, 2013 at 8:13 pm

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