Author: Jon B. Alterman

LEBANON: Still stuck

Lebanon’s governance crisis has continued, driven by traditional sectarian parties’ determination to retain control. The French-led effort to guide Lebanon’s politics toward reform remains the principal external driver of events, but internal dynamics continue to dominate.… Read the rest

Jon B. Alterman

Jon B. Alterman is a Senior Advisor to Teneo. In addition to his role at Teneo, Dr. Alterman is a senior vice president, holds the Zbigniew Brzezinski Chair in Global Security and Geostrategy, and is director of the Middle East Program at CSIS.
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SAUDI ARABIA/RUSSIA: The challenges and limitations of a US-brokered deal

● Saudi Arabia’s principal financial problem is a collapse in global oil demand due to the Covid-19 crisis.

● The oil price war that has broken out between Russia and Saudi Arabia exacerbates the effects of diminished prices, but an end to that price war will not by itself restore prices, especially because demand is likely to remain slack for months and global storage is filling up.… Read the rest