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U.S. Intervention In Lebanon, 1958 And 1982 by Agnes G. Korbani
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Oct 19, 2011

it was amazing
bookshelves: history, politics
Read in October, 2011

The 1982 decision to send US troops to Lebanon has been extensively covered by many academics and is heavily saturated with research of many kinds. However, the 1958 evocation of the Eisenhower Doctrine in Lebanon in 1958 is surprising an area that many political scientists have shown little interest. For this reason, Korbani's work is extremely insightful and helpful. Each of the two interventions is treated as a case study for decisionmaking, and each case study also includes a prelude chapter that offers the reader a short historical narrative of the conditions that gave rise to the crisis itself and US policy towards the Middle East at the time. There's also a very brief overview of all the important actors involved and the a loose step-by-step process of who was consulted that is extremely useful for people interested in opening "the black box" of FPDM.

The work is short, to the point, the author does not digress into how things should or could have been dealt with--the problem is presented, and the decisionmaking environment and the decision itself are analyzed. The 1982 case study is a nice summary of events, but I believe there are a variety of better sources worth consulting. However, the 1958 case study by itself is a wonderful work, that makes this text worthy of spending time with. Combine it with Alexander George's work on deterrence and you've got yourself a very solid academic understanding of this little known piece of American foreign policy history and presidential decisionmaking.

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