With complex and often theatrical politics, intricate institutions, and competing regional and global pressures, the current political situation in Lebanon can be a complex subject to understand. Thankfully, scholars like Assistant Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav are hard at work, studying, analyzing and writing about the current state of affairs. Philbrick-Yadav’s most recent publication was released in the Middle East Report, the principal publication of the Middle East Research and Information Project (MERIP). MERIP is a non-profit and non-governmental organization based in Washington, D.C. To read Philbrick-Yadav’s article, click here. To find more information about MERIP and the Middle East Report, click here. Over this summer, Philbrick Yadav was a faculty affiliate at the Center for Arab and Middle East Studies at the American University of Beirut, conducting research for a book project comparing the impact of Islamist participation in electoral politics in Lebanon and Yemen. This book project builds on the research she conducted while living in Lebanon, Yemen, and Egypt from 2003 to 2006 as a doctoral student. Philbrick Yadav will be integrating this summer’s research into a book manuscript based on her earlier work this fall while on leave from HWS, as an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies at Harvard University. Joining the faculty in 2007, Philbrick Yadav received a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from Smith College. She also received a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania, writing a dissertation entitled “Islamist Parliamentary Practice and the Remaking of Democracy: Hizballah and Islah in Comparative Perspective.” Recipient of a 2006 fellowship from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, she has teaching experience as a visiting instructor at Mount Holyoke College and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. In the photo above, razor wire and cement barricades mark Beirut’s downtown district following clashes in May that killed nearly 70 Lebanese. The Doha Agreement, the subject of Philbrick Yadav’s article, put a temporary end to the fighting and laid the foundation for Lebanon’s new government.