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.

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