Dubbed “check-point country”, Lebanon is criss-crossed by all the fault lines of the Mideast. It is both tiny on the map and huge on the geopolitical Atlas, the place where religious, political and military tensions of the Arab world play out. Today on the brink of becoming a failed state, the former “Switzerland of the Middle East” is ruined by financial collapse, corruption and the dismal failure of sectarian politics, as epitomized by the huge August 2020 explosion that left the capital in tatters. Lebanon now finds itself more vulnerable than ever to foreign influence, once again a key stake for international powers playing out their broader ambitions across the Mideast.
From its former colonial protectors, Turkey and then France, to its historic patron, Syria, and from its main sponsor, Saudi Arabia, to the Israeli nemesis on the southern border and its US backer – facing off the Iranian « godfather » overseeing an ever-more powerful Hezbollah militia, with increased backing from China as the upcoming powerbroker : who is taking control of Lebanon, and at what cost?
We follow the lives of four members of the Lebanese Christian elite. In one of the world´s most politically unstable countries, they are a symbol of the former “Switzerland of the Middle East” – the last representatives of a golden age they are reluctant to give up.More info