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Middle East Focus is a weekly podcast featuring talk and analysis on U.S. foreign policy, contemporary political and social issues in the Middle East, and the arts and culture of region. It is produced by the Middle East Institute, a non-partisan think tank in Washington, D.C. For more information visit

Jan 23, 2020

Against the backdrop of a massive economic and financial crisis and a now three-month-old nationwide protest movement, Lebanon swore in a new government on Tuesday — a technocratic cabinet that is widely seen as a "shadow government" for Hezbollah and other entrenched political leaders. MEI's Paul Salem, Randa Slim, and Bilal Saab join host Alistair Taylor to discuss what lies ahead.