Author: Joseph Helou

Joseph P. Helou holds a Ph.D. in politics. He is an academic who teaches university courses in Political Science and International Relations. His research interests include International Relations, Political Economy, and the behavior of groups, political parties and social movements.

The Role of Middle Eastern States: Elites, Interests and Policies

This international move to encourage countries to privatize what were once state-owned industries, or at least decrease their investment in such sectors, clearly impacted the livelihoods of thousands of middle class individuals in countries like Lebanon and Egypt.

Lebanese Political Parties and Their Partisans: Reforms and a Renewed Outlook

Lebanese political parties will face challenges in attempting to formulate a proper political discourse several years down the road.

Bitcoin and Cryptocurrencies: Safe Technology, Shaky Economics

The price of virtual coins is socially constructed by the purchases made on the market at a given point in time.

Secularism and Lebanese Politics: A Marriage Proposal Based on Empty Vows

Secularism as an ideology collides with various aspects of the existing sectarian order of Lebanon.

Promised oil wealth stashed into Lebanese sovereign wealth fund: Who should spend the money?

As state-owned investment vehicles, sovereign wealth funds play an essential role in a country’s political,.

Revising Lebanon’s Foreign Policy Strategy After Hariri Crisis

No political topic loomed as large as the drive to uncover the fate of Lebanese.