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date: 29 February 2020

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This chapter focuses on the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), a peacekeeping mission created by the UN Security Council in August 2006 to monitor the cessation of hostilities on the Israeli-Lebanese border. After providing a background on the conflict between Israel and Lebanon and the temporary involvement of European nations such as France and Italy in the UN peacekeeping efforts, the chapter outlines UNIFIL’s mandate and evaluates its operational achievements and limitations. It also discusses the challenges that UNIFIL had to deal with, including the Hezbollah and a local population suspicious of its real objectives. Finally, it considers the lessons that can be learned from UNIFIL’s experience.

Keywords: UNIFIL, peacekeeping mission, UN Security Council, Israel, Lebanon, France, Italy, Hezbollah, United Nations

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