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Zeyna Adra, Minister of Defense of Lebanon

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Zeyna Adra, Minister of Defense of Lebanon

On January 23, 2020, Zeyna Akar Adra was appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Lebanon and became the first woman in this capacity in the Arab East. Previously, she served as Deputy Minister of Defense.


Zeyna was born in 1975 in the Northern Governorate of Lebanon. She graduated from Lebanese-American University with a bachelor's degree in marketing and management.

In 1998, Zeyna and her husband Javad Adra founded the Association for Social and Cultural Development, a non-governmental organization providing educational, medical and economic services. Zeyna was also the executive director of Information International, a research and consulting company founded by her husband.

Zeyna Adra became one of six women among the 20 members of the new government, led by Prime Minister Hassan Diab. As Minister of Defense, she replaced Ilyas Bou Saab, who held this position for less than a year.


Former Lebanese defense minister Ilyas Bou Saab introduces Zayn Adra as his successor. The inscription in Arabic: "Ministry of National Defense"

Zayna Adra does not have any special training in the military sphere. However, in this case, something else is more important: Zeyna is Orthodox, and her husband is a Sunni Muslim. The couple even registered their marriage in Cyprus, because they could not do this in Lebanon under the laws of this country. Thus, this family is a symbol of the unity of the multi-confessional Lebanese people.

If we take into account the relatively recent civil war in Lebanon (1975-1990) and the tense confessional situation in the country, it should be assumed that the appointment of Zeyna Adra as defense minister will help prevent future smoldering interfaith conflicts.

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  1. DMB 75
    DMB 75 April 4 2020 05: 46 New
    10
    What can I say ... Well, it’s not possible to compare women with NATO ministers, it will be nicer .. Straight fashion went all over the world to women at the head of the ministries of defense, but if only this fashion would not reach us, it’s still somehow unusual agree, at the head of the troops, a woman .... I don’t know, I personally am not a supporter of this fashion ..
    1. Ross xnumx
      Ross xnumx April 4 2020 08: 13 New
      +7
      Quote: DMB 75
      still somehow unusual, you see, agree, at the head of the troops, a woman .... I don’t know, I personally do not advocate this fashion ..

      It is not in fashion or in external attractiveness, although the latter plays an important role in communication. But we calmly relate to female doctors, and to female educators and teachers ... And how many of them work in the service sector, trade, light industry.
      This is somewhat different. A woman in a high position is possible if she has reached these heights with her personal qualities, intelligence and professionalism, and not with unlimited social “irresponsibility”.
      But!!! I very much doubt that it is a woman who can prove herself in a purely masculine business and attain the post of Minister of Defense by climbing only the steps of the career ladder.
      1. Same lech
        Same lech April 4 2020 08: 30 New
        +7
        I very much doubt that it is a woman who can prove herself in a purely masculine business

        In vain ... some women can give odds to men a hundred points ahead ...
        Well, for example, CIA director Gina Cherie Haspel ... hehe hell clique Bloody Gina ...

        Yes, and on my own experience I was convinced that women should be treated very carefully so as not to be stupid. smile
        1. Maki Avellevich
          Maki Avellevich April 4 2020 09: 20 New
          +2
          Quote: The same LYOKHA
          Yes, and on my own experience I was convinced that women should be treated very carefully so as not to be stupid.

          with women you can be attentive, you can not be attentive. You’ll end up in about the same place. wassat
        2. APASUS
          APASUS April 4 2020 19: 43 New
          +2
          Quote: The same Lech
          I very much doubt that it is a woman who can prove herself in a purely masculine business

          In vain ... some women can give odds to men a hundred points ahead ...
          Well, for example, CIA director Gina Cherie Haspel ... hehe hell clique Bloody Gina ...

          Yes, and on my own experience I was convinced that women should be treated very carefully so as not to be stupid. smile

          There is one important point here, it is still Lebanon. It is very similar to the fact that the figure is a compromise, nobody is interested in its competence in the field of defense.
      2. knn54
        knn54 April 4 2020 11: 26 New
        +1
        "Alignment to the chest".
    2. Saxahorse
      Saxahorse April 4 2020 23: 03 New
      +3
      Quote: DMB 75
      still somehow unusual, you see, agree-led troops-a woman ....

      At the head of the troops are commanders of military branches and the general staff. And the Minister of Defense is a political post.
  2. Retvizan 8
    Retvizan 8 April 4 2020 05: 48 New
    +6
    Just tell me something, I won’t understand and I won’t accept it either!
    When dragged to the post, almost women of easy virtue.
    Well, how is this a person, not only without a military, but even without a technical background, he can be a defense minister ?!
    1. Rurikovich
      Rurikovich April 4 2020 07: 09 New
      +4
      Quote: Retvizan 8
      Well, how is this a person, not only without a military, but even without a technical background, he can be a defense minister ?!

      Any boss is first of all an organizer! Therefore, even without a specialized education, but with sensible deputies, it is possible to organize the normal functioning of the managed structure yes Therefore, there is nothing to be surprised at. Of course, not without distortions ("Serdyukovism"), but in this example, it is rather the fault of the individual, not the system.
      One caveat - if only such a manager would not put scrap into the gears of the working mechanism with his cardinal reforms what smile hi
      1. mole
        mole April 4 2020 10: 33 New
        -3
        If the boss understands the topic, then the deputies will work even better.
    2. Ross xnumx
      Ross xnumx April 4 2020 08: 22 New
      +5
      Quote: Retvizan 8
      Just tell me something, I won’t understand and I won’t accept it either!

      Accept, do not be shy!
      Quote: Retvizan 8
      Well, how is this a person, not only without a military, but even without a technical background, he can be a defense minister ?!

      That's how:
      From 1962 to 1972 he studied at a local school. From 1972 to 1977, Sergei Shoigu studied at the Krasnoyarsk Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a degree in civil engineering ...

      He did not serve military service ...
      Quote: Rurikovich
      Therefore, even without a specialized education, but with sensible deputies, it is possible to organize the normal functioning of the managed structure

      You wrote this to justify Putin’s personnel policy, when people who are far from the profession are put in the positions of ministers and simply in the leadership? fellow
      Therefore, we are reaping the fruits of the work of various teachers of Roman law and other journalists and salesmen of dubious qualities and merits ... All of them, who do not have behind them any outstanding labor and official deeds ...
  3. Amateur
    Amateur April 4 2020 06: 16 New
    +2
    Zane - Orthodox,

    Or maybe she is still a Maronite Christian?
    1. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar April 4 2020 06: 20 New
      +4
      There are enough Orthodox Christians there - they are, for the most part, pro-Syrian, Maronites - pro-Western.
    2. Professor
      Professor April 4 2020 08: 33 New
      +8
      Quote: Amateur
      Zane - Orthodox,

      Or maybe she is still a Maronite Christian?

      No, it belongs to the Greek Orthodox branch ...

      In general, anyone can be put at the head of the Lebanese Defense Ministry in connection with the virtual absence of both the Defense Ministry and the army.
      1. Amateur
        Amateur April 4 2020 08: 50 New
        -1
        No, it belongs to the Greek Orthodox branch ...

        Well, in any case, not Orthodox. Do not confuse Christianity, Orthodoxy and other local churches - Armenian, Greek and others.
        1. Sergej1972
          Sergej1972 April 4 2020 10: 50 New
          +8
          The Greek Orthodox Church is the Orthodox Church. Features of the translation. In many languages, the Russian Orthodox Church is also called the Russian Orthodox Church. The Armenians are Monophysites, they are not Orthodox and not Catholics, but closer to Orthodoxy. Both Orthodox, and Catholics, and Protestants, and the Armenian Apostolic Church are all Christians.
          1. Pavel Gusterin
            April 4 2020 13: 17 New
            +3
            Thank you, Sergey, for an exhaustive comment for Victor!
            1. Sergej1972
              Sergej1972 April 4 2020 14: 04 New
              +2
              Thank you for thanks.)
        2. Krasnodar
          Krasnodar April 4 2020 15: 25 New
          +1
          The real one is not apostolic-Armenian, not Greek-Catholic, namely Orthodox
      2. Maki Avellevich
        Maki Avellevich April 4 2020 09: 25 New
        +1
        Quote: Professor
        In general, anyone can be put at the head of the Lebanese Defense Ministry in connection with the virtual absence of both the Defense Ministry and the army.

        I do not agree. in Lebanon there is the Moscow Region and the army. see photo.
        the truth is there neither a woman nor a Christian will be taken to any post ..
        1. Professor
          Professor April 4 2020 12: 40 New
          +1
          Quote: Maki Avellevich
          Quote: Professor
          In general, anyone can be put at the head of the Lebanese Defense Ministry in connection with the virtual absence of both the Defense Ministry and the army.

          I do not agree. in Lebanon there is the Moscow Region and the army. see photo.
          the truth is there neither a woman nor a Christian will be taken to any post ..

          There is an army in Lebanon (pictured), but it is not the Lebanese army.
          1. Maki Avellevich
            Maki Avellevich April 4 2020 14: 53 New
            +1
            [/ Quote]
            Quote: Professor
            Quote: Maki Avellevich
            [quote = professor] In general, anyone can be put at the head of the Lebanese Defense Ministry in connection with the actual absence of both Defense Ministry and the army.

            I do not agree. in Lebanon there is the Moscow Region and the army. see photo.
            the truth is there neither a woman nor a Christian will be taken to any post ..

            There is an army in Lebanon (pictured), but it is not the Lebanese army.

            Sarcasm sir.
  4. svp67
    svp67 April 4 2020 06: 17 New
    0
    it should be assumed that the appointment of Zayna Adra as Minister of Defense will help prevent future smoldering sectarian conflicts.
    This is not entirely clear, she is a woman, and how will this contribute to this in a country with a large Muslim population?
    1. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar April 4 2020 06: 21 New
      +4
      There is a nominal army - it performs security and police functions.
      1. svp67
        svp67 April 4 2020 06: 24 New
        +1
        Quote: Krasnodar
        There is a nominal army - it performs security and police functions.

        That's half of its composition - Muslims
        1. Krasnodar
          Krasnodar April 4 2020 08: 48 New
          0
          At least half
      2. Vladimir_2U
        Vladimir_2U April 4 2020 06: 38 New
        +4
        Especially nominal air defense there, in the sky of Lebanon, Jews frolic as they want.
  5. Doccor18
    Doccor18 April 4 2020 06: 38 New
    +3
    It would be better to establish air defense, otherwise everyone who wants to fly through the sky of Lebanon.
    1. Kote Pan Kokhanka
      Kote Pan Kokhanka April 4 2020 07: 22 New
      +3
      Quote: Doccor18
      It would be better to establish air defense, otherwise everyone who wants to fly through the sky of Lebanon.

      And they shoot where great!
    2. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar April 4 2020 08: 52 New
      +1
      Quote: Vladimir_2U
      Especially nominal air defense there, in the sky of Lebanon, Jews frolic as they want.

      Quote: Doccor18
      It would be better to establish air defense, otherwise everyone who wants to fly through the sky of Lebanon.

      If this would greatly interfere with the Israelis, they would be demolished in a day. In addition to strong air defense, you need good fighter aircraft, ground forces, etc. - Lebanese do not want to get any of this - it happened historically
      1. Doccor18
        Doccor18 April 4 2020 10: 26 New
        +1
        Yes, want it, they want it, probably. But where to get the money? The United States is helping Israel with money and fighters, the Germans are building submarines. And no one will give anything to Lebanon.
        1. Krasnodar
          Krasnodar April 4 2020 11: 14 New
          +2
          The United States began to help Israel and Egypt with money from the late 70s - after the first refused from the Arabs who received the full support of the USSR without any help.
          Lebanon was created by the French as a state of Christian Arabs, until the beginning of the 70s it flourished, then, thanks to the banks of Arafat that fled from Jordan that moved from the country to Jordan, the confessional balance in the country changed and the Civil War began, which brought about the economy of the once most prosperous country in the Middle East . In modern Israel, 9 million digging GDP is only five times lower than Russia's - Lebanon is very far from these indicators,
          1. Sergej1972
            Sergej1972 April 4 2020 14: 11 New
            +1
            At face value yes. According to PPP, the difference in the GDP of the Russian Federation and Israel is greater. According to the IMF, 12,5 times. According to the World Bank, 11,5 times. I am not an economist, so I won’t argue about which indicator is more correct, at par or at PPP.
            1. Krasnodar
              Krasnodar April 4 2020 15: 23 New
              0
              At Purchasing Power Parity, multiply by two. AT 10.
        2. Maki Avellevich
          Maki Avellevich April 4 2020 19: 37 New
          +1
          Quote: Doccor18
          Yes, want it, they want it, probably. But where to get the money? The United States is helping Israel with money and fighters, the Germans are building submarines. And no one will give anything to Lebanon.

          give the fraternal Lebanese people an army.
  6. Free wind
    Free wind April 4 2020 09: 31 New
    0
    From the point of view of the Koran, and according to the laws of Lebanon, she is not a wife, she is a concubine, what kind of account she is ....... And it does not matter who she is, or what she is .....
    1. Krasnodar
      Krasnodar April 4 2020 11: 15 New
      +1
      If you didn’t accept Islam, a concubine
  7. ximkim
    ximkim April 4 2020 12: 34 New
    -1
    Hmm ... The main thing in the Minister of Defense is not gender, but a figure who will perfectly perform tasks for the good of the country.
  8. Pissarro
    Pissarro April 4 2020 16: 16 New
    -1
    Pitiful carbon copy of the western city of lupo.sti. To appoint a person without education and experience to a position where professionalism is needed. Something to the doctor without education, no one beats, and no one will sit on the plane to the pilot without education. However, for countries where armies are nominal, it will do. The Lebanese army is striving for zero significance, as the armies of most EU countries. Here at the head of the Turkish, Chinese, Indian, Iranian, Russian armies, we will never see women. Since these are real armies, not amusing ones
  9. Radikal
    Radikal April 4 2020 16: 41 New
    +1
    Quote: Retvizan 8
    Just tell me something, I won’t understand and I won’t accept it either!
    When dragged to the post, almost women of easy virtue.
    Well, how is this a person, not only without a military, but even without a technical background, he can be a defense minister ?!

    Can. If the defense is symbolic, we can say formal. A state that has real defense, who gets into the airspace does not fly without demand. sad
    1. Maki Avellevich
      Maki Avellevich April 4 2020 19: 40 New
      +3
      Quote: Radikal
      Can. If the defense is symbolic, we can say formal. A state that has real defense, who gets into the airspace does not fly without demand.

      do not judge them severely. wink
  10. Sergey Sfiedu
    Sergey Sfiedu April 4 2020 19: 53 New
    0
    Cool. Minister of Defense is. There is no defense. Formally, the army is, almost 60 thousand people. But if the situation escalates, all this army will scatter along gangs on religious grounds.
  11. Radikal
    Radikal April 4 2020 20: 47 New
    -1
    Quote: Maki Avellevich
    Quote: Radikal
    Can. If the defense is symbolic, we can say formal. A state that has real defense, who gets into the airspace does not fly without demand.

    do not judge them severely. wink

    Well, the stump is clear, who else could "answer in ... Odessa" - only the son of David. However, your counterargument in this case is not correct. Without spreading "thought along the tree" I will say briefly - Rust ended up where he ended up as a result of: 1. A planned operation 2. The presence of the chiefs of air defense of all levels of the "South Korean syndrome". Well, if it's even shorter - "Faberge" unsuitable for such a case. hi
    1. Maki Avellevich
      Maki Avellevich April 5 2020 08: 33 New
      0
      Quote: Radikal
      Well, the stump is clear, who else could "answer in ... Odessa" - only the son of David. However, your counterargument in this case is not correct. Without spreading "thought along the tree" I will say briefly - Rust ended up where he ended up as a result of: 1. A planned operation 2. The presence of the chiefs of air defense of all levels of the "South Korean syndrome". Well, if it's even shorter - "Faberge" unsuitable for such a case.

      what was the conversation about.

      ps son of Yaakov if