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The geopolitical impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon


  • Ioannis Th. Mazis

    () (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Turkish Studies and Modern Asian studies)

  • Michalis Sarlis

    () (RSI Journal)


This paper identifies and analyses the geopolitical impact that the Syrian crisis has on Lebanon. This impact is manifested in two forms: a subsystemic one (within the Syria-Lebanon subsystem) and a systemic one (exerted from the system of the wider Middle East). The first refers to the direct repercussions that the increasing instability of the Syrian part has on the Lebanese part of the subsystem. More specifically, the impact that have some factors of the Syrian crisis –namely, increasing sectarianism and Islamic radicalism- on the internal political and religious power relations of Lebanon. The second form of impact refers to the indirect yet critical repercussions that the instability at the centre of the Middle Eastern system has on Lebanon. As a state of proxy actors through which the regional powers project power and as an integral part of the Syria-Lebanon subsystem, Lebanon is the primary point on which the systemic pressure is applied. As a result of this systemic impact, the internal politico-religious power relations of Lebanon become a micro-level representation of the regional power relations of the wider Middle Eastern system.

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  • Ioannis Th. Mazis & Michalis Sarlis, 2012. "The geopolitical impact of the Syrian crisis on Lebanon," Regional Science Inquiry, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, vol. 0(3), pages 85-90, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:hrs:journl::y:2012:v:iv:i:3:p:85-90

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    Syria-Lebanon subsystem; Hezbollah; Sunni militia; shabiha;

    JEL classification:

    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • R30 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - General
    • R40 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Transportation Economics - - - General


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