As Lebanese citizens start to express their frustration with the failure in national governance, the civil society has stepped in to play the role as a vehicle for accountability. The civil society and the media have indeed been the only two such avenues in the past decades, claiming more prominence when the country enters a period of political paralysis.
In collaboration with NOW Lebanon, the Weekly Lebanon Round-Up brings you a monthly series of exclusive interviews and coverage of Lebanon's vibrant civil society. Join us each month for a fresh look at Lebanon's culture, social scene and best kept secrets.
Lebanon ranked 45th worldwide on the annual 2012 Failed State Index authored by Foreign Policy and Fund for Peace, indicating a slight improvement but still falling within the "most unstable countries" zone.
Tourism in Lebanon may have been dealt a blow by the recent political crises, but the country's cultural life is blooming. Summer is known for its music and cultural festivals, the most renowned of which are the Beitiddine and the Baalbek Festivals, extending from July to end of August. Lebanon's cultural productions this year have made it to the New York and Cannes, France.