Lebanon’s Alternative Political Groups: Mapping the Opposition

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This interactive database allows the broader public to access and visualize survey data on sixteen of the most prominent alternative political groups in Lebanon. Its aim is to capture a range of nuances within a growing oppositionist landscape by providing answers to important questions about who these groups are, how they operate, what they believe in, and how they plan to reach their political objectives. Through the bar on the left side of your screen, you can navigate data on the four sections below:
  • Internal Organizational Structure

    This section covers the organizational structure and membership of anti-establishment groups. It looks at their leadership, representation of women, and democratic functioning. What do the internal structures of alternative groups look like? How participatory is their leadership structure? Are women effectively represented, including in decision-making? Are there term limits that guarantee power rotation and democratic functioning?
  • Strategies for Political Change

    This section examines stances on strategies to bring about political change. Are elections the most effective way of effecting political change? Is an independent transitional government a better option? Should groups return to the streets and/or focus on working at the grassroots level? Which combination of strategies does each group favor?

  • Policy Positions

    This section collects stances on different policy debates, covering key economic, financial, social, and environmental issues. How do alternative groups respond to some of the key policy debates facing Lebanon at this critical juncture? How would they deal with the financial and socioeconomic collapse? What are their positions on issues that concern marginalized groups including women, refugees, and the LGBTQI+ community? How do groups’ stances on economic and social issues compare to one another's?
  • Alliances

    The section covers alliances and relationships with other political groups and figures. How close are the different political groups in this survey to one another? What are the already existing and emerging alliances? How do alternative political groups feel about different traditional actors who also claim to be part of the opposition?

* The data on this platform was primarily collected in summer 2021 and may not reflect changes in stances that alternative groups have adopted since they completed the survey.