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.
About 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.
Table of Contents
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
Appendix A Biographies 161
Appendix B Chronology 169
Appendix C Documents 171
Appendix D Presidents and Prime Ministers of Lebanon 187