America Abroad: Battleground Lebanon
Following six months without a president, the situation in Lebanon is shaky at best. Lebanon is located at the crossroads of East and West. Its highly sectarian population has endured decades of infighting, and it often serves as the battleground for wider conflicts in the Middle East. In Battleground Lebanon, hosts Ray Suarez and Deborah Amos explored the roots of Lebanon's instability and look back to the 1980s at America's failed attempt to bring peace to the beleaguered nation. The program also investigated the growing political influence of Hezbollah and travels to Syria to explore the role of foreign powers in Lebanon's chronic volatility.