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Terrorism and Lebanon
 
Richard Betts, the Arnold A. Saltzman Professor of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, talks with Lebanese Lt. Col. Marwan Azar during a small group visit to the Columbia University Institute of War and Peace as part of the USAWC New York City Academic Trip. (Photo: Thomas Zimmerman TRADOC)  

 

LEBANON'S NATIONAL SECURITY CHALLENGES
AND
THE TERRORISM PHENOMENON

Colonel Marwan Azar
Lebanese Army

The views expressed in the document are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Army War College, the U.S. Department of the Army, the U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Governments.

 

SUMMARY

Lebanon is situated in a very sensitive region of the Middle East. It borders Syria and Israel. Lebanon is a functioning democracy that in its modern history has suffered from foreign military interventions and occupations, and from the effects of a disastrous Civil War that lasted fifteen years. Lebanon faces a number of external and domestic national security challenges that threaten both its national sovereignty and its continuous existence as a unified and democratic nation-state. These national security challenges are becoming increasingly complicated because of the phenomenon of terrorism.

This USAWC AY09 resident International Fellow Strategy Research Project paper analyzes some of the most important challenges to Lebanon's national security both in a historical context and in view of the phenomenon of terrorism. The author concludes that Lebanon and the neighboring region are in need of large and long-term socioeconomic initiatives that can address the underlying conditions that give rise to the phenomenon of terrorism, and that Lebanon also needs adequate levels of military assistance for its legitimate self-defense concerns.


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