Global Security Watch Lebanon: A Reference Handbook

Overview

Global Security Watch—Lebanon is the first volume to consider all factors—political, economic, religious, and actions by its neighbors—that have contributed to Lebanon's violent past and that shape its current security status.

In Global Security Watch—Lebanon, author David Sorenson explores Lebanon's arcane—almost dysfunctional—political structure and economic system, as well as the complex religious makeup of a country that is home to Christians, Jews, and Arabs with no ...

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Overview

Global Security Watch—Lebanon is the first volume to consider all factors—political, economic, religious, and actions by its neighbors—that have contributed to Lebanon's violent past and that shape its current security status.

In Global Security Watch—Lebanon, author David Sorenson explores Lebanon's arcane—almost dysfunctional—political structure and economic system, as well as the complex religious makeup of a country that is home to Christians, Jews, and Arabs with no majority faith. Sorenson also looks at how the nation has often served as a focal point of diplomatic and military conflict for other nations, including Syria, Iran, and Israel, as well as how ill-informed American policies toward Lebanon have ultimately harmed American strategic interests in the Middle East.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Sorensen (international security, US Air Force Air War College) offers a portrait of Lebanon that focuses on security issues (as traditionally defined). He describes the country's modern history, its demographic make-up and how it is related to political and economic development (particularly important in the case of Lebanon and its 'confessional' political system), the nature and activities of Hezbollah, the interaction of Lebanon's political actors and outside regional forces, the role of Lebanon's military forces, and US policy towards Lebanon. … Appendixes include biographies, a chronology, a handful of documents (including the text of the 1989 Taif Agreement), and lists of presidents and prime ministers of Lebanon."

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Reference & Research Book News

"The book is readable and concise and concludes with some helpful appendices that provide biographies of selected Lebanese political fi gures, a chronology of Lebanon's history, some official documents, as well as a list of Lebanon's

presidents and prime ministers. … Considering the essential need for a simple rendering of Lebanese politics for

students and the general public, this volume is a helpful one…"

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The Middle East Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313365782
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2009
  • Series: Global Security Watch Series
  • Pages: 196
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface xi

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Modern History of Lebanon 7

Chapter 2 The Demographics of Lebanon 49

Chapter 3 Political and Economic Development in Lebanon 69

Chapter 4 Hezbollah in Lebanon 103

Chapter 5 The Lebanese Regional Neighborhood 121

Chapter 6 Lebanon's Military Forces 135

Chapter 7 The United States and Lebanon 145

Epilogue 157

Appendix A Biographies 161

Appendix B Chronology 169

Appendix C Documents 171

Appendix D Presidents and Prime Ministers of Lebanon 187

Glossary 191

Index 193

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