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A View from Beirut: The Impact of the Saudi-Iran Power Struggle

The regional struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia and what it means to the people of Lebanon.

Unlike its regional neighbours, Lebanon appeared to be entering a period of political and economic stability. But tension is mounting as Saudi Arabia escalates its power struggle with Iran. As Iran continues to exert its influence and defend its interest across the region, there is growing concern about how the conflict might affect the stability of the fragile coalition in Lebanon and the impact on the wider Middle East.

In the run up to the first Parliamentary elections in nearly a decade, Global Questions travels to Beirut to explore its political relationships with its neighbouring countries. What does the crisis mean to the people of Lebanon and do they fear it could lead to an economic and political crisis in the fierce struggle for regional dominance?

Guests:

• Mohammed Alyahya, Senior Fellow at Gulf Research Centre
• Elias Bou Saab, Adviser to President Aoun
• Mohammad Marandi, Professor at the University of Tehran
• Tania Saleh, Singer and Songwriter
• Paula Yacoubian Candidate for the Lebanese Parliamentary elections

Presenter: Zeinab Badawi
Producer: Ben Carter

53 minutes

Broadcasts

  • Sat 17 Mar 2018 19:06GMT
  • Sun 18 Mar 2018 12:06GMT

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