Bart Kassel ACF Abstract FY11

"Syrian Intervention in Lebanon"

Phi Alpha Theta Michigan Regional Conference

Bart Kassel

This paper is about the shifting US position regarding Syrian intervention
in the Lebanese Civil War in 1976. After months of opposing Syrian intervention in Lebanon the US Government quickly shifted to supporting an increased Syrian presence. The Lebanese Civil War involved many internal and external forces, threatened regional stability, and complicated the Middle East peace process. The introduction of Syrian forces in Lebanon marked the beginning of nearly thirty years of Syrian presence in the country. US, Israeli, and Syrian interests coincided in response to the potential ascent of radicals in Lebanon. This paper illustrates how these unlikely partners came to an understanding despite their poor relationship.