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Undercurrents is a regular podcast series featuring interviews with Chatham House experts - and others - about the critical underlying issues which are shaping modern society. Hosted by staff from across the institute, each episode goes in-depth on a topic, looking beyond the news to explore the issues shaping global politics.

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Aug 27, 2021

Amidst severe governance challenges, Hezbollah has risen to become the dominant political actor in Lebanon. In this episode, Mariana is joined by Dr Lina Khatib, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House, to discuss the dynamics underlying the Lebanese political system, and how a series of crises have affected the balance of power in the country.

Then Ben explores how digital technologies are enabling state repression in both authoritarian and liberal states, in conversation with Dr Steven Feldstein from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Read the Chatham House research paper:

How Hezbollah holds sway over the Lebanese state

Find the book:

The rise of digital repression: How technology is reshaping power, politics and resistance


Speakers: Steven Feldstein, Lina Khatib

Hosts: Ben Horton, Mariana Vieira

Editor: Jamie Reed

Recorded and produced by Chatham House.