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The unusual state of national leaderships in parts of the Arab world was captured in the Saudi Arabian decision this week to withdraw the $4 billion for the army and security forces in Lebanon, and instead promise $5 billion in aid to Sudan.Riyadh's withdrawal of aid to Lebanon in favor of supporting Sudan was logical from the Saudi perspective, given Lebanon's unwillingness to date to support the Saudi position in its feuds with Iran, while Sudan has sent troops to fight in Yemen with the Saudi-led military coalition there.The stalemate in Lebanon's national policymaking system means the country is unable to take clear positions on critical regional issues such as the wars in Syria or Yemen, or even domestic issues such as how to respond to the influx of around 1.2 million Syrian refugees – leaving the United Nations system, international humanitarian organizations, as well as other non-governmental organizations to deal with it.Lebanon's condition today, however, is much more stressful than it had been in recent decades, in several areas that had never before been experienced simultaneously.
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