Global Security Watch Lebanon: A Reference Handbook

Global Security Watch Lebanon: A Reference Handbook

by David S. Sorenson


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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 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.

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

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

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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