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date: 29 February 2020

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This chapter focuses on the United Nations Observation Group in Lebanon (UNOGIL), a mission created by the UN Security Council in May 1958 to address a complaint by the Maronite Christian-led government of Lebanon accusing Syria (then part of the United Arab Republic - UAR) of meddling in its internal affairs. The dispute reflected a wider confrontation in the Middle East at the time between secular Arab nationalism (represented by the UAR) and conservative, pro-western regimes. After providing an overview of the specific conflict between Lebanon and the UAR, the chapter outlines UNOGIL’s mandate and evaluates its operational achievements and failures in the containment and resolution of the Lebanese crisis.

Keywords: UNOGIL, peacekeeping mission, UN Security Council, Lebanon, Syria, United Arab Republic, United Nations

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