year, some observers have expressed fear that Syrian instability may negatively affect Lebanon.
Syria exerts a strong political influence on Lebanon and Syrian business interests remain
prominent in the Lebanese economy. Both Lebanon and Syria have diverse societies where ethnic
and sectarian groups compete and cooperate as they seek power within the confines of a rigid
political system. Primary concerns about the implications of Syrian unrest include:
• Negative effects on the Lebanese economy;
• Incursions by Syrian forces into Lebanese territory;
• The cross-border transfer of arms to Hezbollah and the Syrian opposition;
opportunities for suspected Al Qaeda supporters; and,
• The migration of Syrian dissidents and refugees to Lebanon seeking safe haven.