It has been one year since the July War between Israel and Hezbollah militants based in Lebanon, which exposed numerous problems.
Fawaz Gerges was there for a family vacation right before the war, and he said the mood was upbeat.
Gerges is a Carnegie scholar and a visiting professor at the American University in Cairo. He is also Lebanese and was stranded with his three children while visiting Beirut during the war. Gerges talks to Deborah Amos about the political and economic situation in Lebanon in the war's aftermath.