This blog is concerned with public policy issues, especially measures and reforms needed to spur economic growth, further social progress and protect the needy, and foster civil peace. It argues that in the right policy environment, Lebanon could be a fair, inclusive and affluent society performing near its full potential, and able to generate high value-added jobs for the educated youth crowding its job market. These goals cannot be reached without efficient state institutions and enlightened national rulers committed to the public good and the rule of law.
In this frame, this space, called “Fakhreddine”, aims at putting forward views, proposals, initiatives and studies, as well as inviting exchanges, that may contribute in a modest but objective way to devising solutions to the major economic, social and institutional problems faced by Lebanon at this critical juncture for our region.
Why Fakhreddine? Emir Fakhreddine the Second al Ma’ani played a defining role in nation and state building. He is by any norm the preeminent national figure of Lebanon’s turbulent history. In the 17th century, he held sway over a dominion that was Lebanon’s largest ever, spreading well beyond its current confines. A leader of vision and valor, known for unwavering nationalism, enlightened mind, and religious tolerance, he built through skillful politics, valiant sword and good governance a strong state apparatus, lifting Lebanon to the apex of its power and raising the pillars of its national identity. He died a martyr for his fierce opposition to Ottoman rule.
PS: Claiming this outstanding figure of Lebanese history as a name for the blog may be audacious, but in today’s orphaned land of ours, a return in history to Fakhreddine should be seen as an act of faith in a promising future rather than a vain display of eminence.
Samir Khalil El Daher