Book Discussion on Rafiq Hariri and the Fate of Lebanon
Marwan Iskandar talked about his book Rafiq Hariri and the Fate of Lebanon, published by Saqi Books. In his book, Mr. Iskandar… read more
Marwan Iskandar talked about his book Rafiq Hariri and the Fate of Lebanon, published by Saqi Books. In his book, Mr. Iskandar details the life, leadership, and assassination of Lebanon’s self-made billionaire Rafiq Hariri, who served as Lebanon’s prime minister in 1992-1998 and 2000-2004. Mr. Iskandar explains that former Prime Minister Hariri was credited for the rebirth of Lebanon after years of civil war and details the story behind his resignation in 2004. He described the events of February 14, 2005, when former Prime Minister Hariri was assassinated in Beirut by a massive bomb that destroyed his motorcade. The Lebanese people subsequently took to the streets, and the United Nations Security Council responded by declaring the assassination an international terrorist act with severe regional and international ramifications. An International Independent Investigation Commission was formed by the Security Council to uncover the perpetrators. Mourned as a Lebanese martyr, Hariri’s death triggered the protests that led to the withdrawal of Syrian forces from Lebanon in April 2005. Economist Marwan Iskander was a former adviser to Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri. He also responded to questions from members of the audience.
This event was held in the Murrow Room of the National Press Club. The event was not affiliated with the National Press Club or the Eric Friedheim Library. close
*The transcript for this program was compiled from uncorrected Closed Captioning.
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