The international community has ratcheted up pressure on Lebanese banks for alleged involvement in money laundering activities and helping Iran and Syria evade international sanctions.
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.
While the security situation in North Lebanon placated this week, road blockings and security violations continue in the capital and the South, causing the government much embarrassment over its failure to put an end to the chaos and disruption of public life.
The deteriorating security situation in Lebanon has now spread to the northern Palestinian refugee camp Nahr Al Bared, a development that many observers cautioned against but the Lebanese authorities arguably could not prevent. Three Palestinians were killed last weekend in clashes with the Lebanese army, and many others wounded.
From kidnappings to sniper shootings, and rocket-propelled grenades, security violations continue in Lebanon's North and border towns, enabled by a weak and delayed response from government authorities.
The killing this week of Lebanese television cameraman Ali Shaaban by Syrian forces sent a chilling message to Lebanon and caused a national uproar. While he was on an assignment in the northern town of Wadi Abu Khaled, Shaaban was gunned down and his car was struck by more than 40 bullets.
A year into the Syrian uprising, Lebanon has arguably managed to avoid a major spurt of violence many feared would spread in the region. With violence devolving into a protracted bloody fight between the Assad regime and Syrian rebels, Lebanon fears that its own political divisions may be fed by conflict in Syria.
Refugees continue to pour into Lebanon seven months into the Syrian uprising. Since March, approximately 3,800 Syrian refugees have crossed into Wadi Khaled, northern Lebanon's mountainous region.
After four months of silence, former Prime Minister Saad Hariri lashed out at Hezbollah and Syria, personally criticizing the group's leader Hassan Nasrallah and announcing his sympathy for Syrians demanding their freedom. Speaking from Paris, where he remains out of personal safety concerns, he accused Assad and Nasrallah of being directly responsible for the toppling of his government.
Four months into the bloodiest uprising in the Middle East, the U.S. Administration finally made a statement declaring that Syrian President Bashar Assad has lost legitimacy. However, Secretary Clinton and Persident Obama stopped short of calling on him to go. The statement came two days after the U.S. Embassy in Damascus and the official residence of the U.S.