Global Security Watch Lebanon: A Reference Handbook
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Global Security Watch Lebanon: A Reference Handbook

by David S. Sorenson
     
 

Why Lebanon? At roughly 4,000 square miles and with a population of just over 4,000,000 it is one of the smallest nations on earth. And yet it is perhaps the most violent and unstable country in the Middle East, with weak political institutions and seemingly always caught in the middle of conflicts between other nations.

Global Security Watch-Lebanon is the first

Overview

Why Lebanon? At roughly 4,000 square miles and with a population of just over 4,000,000 it is one of the smallest nations on earth. And yet it is perhaps the most violent and unstable country in the Middle East, with weak political institutions and seemingly always caught in the middle of conflicts between other nations.

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 Shi'a and Sunni Muslims, Druze, and Christians, 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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From the Publisher
"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." - 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…" - The Middle East Journal

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)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

David S. Sorenson, PhD, is professor of international security at the U.S. Air Force Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL.

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