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Lebanese Intelligence Community Restructuring Project: Exploring a Smarter and Modernized Joint Operating Policy

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dc.contributor.advisor Mouawad, Jamil Kheir, Elie 2023-05-10T08:09:46Z 2023-05-10T08:09:46Z 2023-05-10 2023-05-09
dc.description.abstract Amid a global trend of performance optimization focusing on public institutions, fueled by shortened budget financing and increased execution fiascos, Intelligence Communities near and far are undergoing restructuring, designed according to their respective countries’ specificities, in the aim of preserving their supreme interests. This paper examines the Lebanese Intelligence apparatus through the lens of its policies for multidirectional coordination. This paper describes how this model is far from being functional, especially following a significant turning point in Lebanon’s recent history, taking into account the Beirut Port explosion and the persistent economic crisis. It is for this reason that the study analyzes how the interests of the politico-sectarian elites influence the communication flow between the four main operators in this arena, as well as the appointments of Intelligence personnel to key positions. The paper concludes that the existing operating model jeopardizes Lebanese National Security and inflate public budget expenses in the long term. Therefore, a reform proposal is suggested, and the different positions of stakeholders are presented. In this context, the study argues that a centralization reform policy is the most appropriate and equitable solution, despite the challenges of the complex politico-sectarian system. The paper proposes adopting the US Intelligence Community's operating model, which features one fusion cell harmonizing and compiling all other cells’ outcomes. Finally, this paper highlights three different policy options, each with a comprehensive feasibility study in order to be adopted by policymakers in that regards. The paper concludes with recommendations for future research and acknowledging limitations of the current study.
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.subject Lebanese Intelligence Community
dc.subject Restructuring Project
dc.subject Joint Operating Policy
dc.subject public institution
dc.subject Lebanese Intelligence
dc.subject Intelligence service
dc.subject public policy
dc.subject Intelligence personnel
dc.subject Lebanese National Security
dc.subject National Security
dc.subject public budget expenses
dc.subject centralization reform
dc.subject US Intelligence Community
dc.subject Higher Defense Council
dc.subject Lebanese Armed Forces
dc.subject Directorate of Intelligence
dc.subject Internal Security Forces
dc.subject Information Department
dc.subject General Security
dc.subject State Security
dc.subject Office of the Director of National Intelligence
dc.subject Lebanese Intelligence Service
dc.subject Lebanese National Security Agency
dc.title Lebanese Intelligence Community Restructuring Project: Exploring a Smarter and Modernized Joint Operating Policy
dc.type Student Project
dc.contributor.department Department of Political Studies and Public Administration
dc.contributor.faculty Faculty of Arts and Sciences
dc.contributor.commembers Makdisi, Karim Master of Arts
dc.contributor.AUBidnumber 202024565

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