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FY 2007/2008 Research Topic: 4-03
Power Structures and Their Interrelations in Contemporary Syria and Lebanon


The research project “Political Structures and Interrelations in the Contemporary Levant States,” which was conducted in 2006, focused on the composition of the political actors in the power structures of Syria and Lebanon and analyzed their political roles and mutual relationship. In the results of the research, the existence of “supra-national” actors, which transcend the institutional framework of the state and play a decisive role in politics, was confirmed in both countries.

Taking into consideration the above-mentioned results, this research project aims to elucidate the dynamics of the power structures of Syria and Lebanon, making a detailed analysis of their actions with regard to recent political changes, including the withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon (April 2005) and the Lebanon Crisis (July – August 2007).

In particular, by casting a spotlight on the “supra-national” actors, it clarifies how these actors are involved in the political stability (or instability) of Syria and Lebanon as well as the whole Middle East region.


April 2006 - March 2008


AOYAMA Hiroyuki (Area Studies Center)

Members of the Research Project

AOYAMA Hiroyuki (Area Studies Center)
SUECHIKA Kota (Associate Professor, Ritsumeikan University)