Conflict, crisis and instability form part of a chain of the dilemmas confronting development in much of the Arab world. With military intervention, occupation and civil war in Iraq and Palestine, most neighbouring countries such as Lebanon remain in a permanent state of flux. This book is unique in that it deals with some of the effects of regional instability on the development trajectories (or lack of them) in the Arab world. Using Lebanon as an example Fayyad explores the real meaning of the fragile states concepts that has become part of a dominant policy discourse in recent years – its implications for societal relations, civic space and the nature of socio-economic development.

It is a unique contribution as it seeks to challenge simplicities and stereotypes about state and society in the region, and offers fresh perspectives on occupation and tyranny, both within and beyond states.

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