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A blueprint for successful peacekeeping?

  • On 6 June 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon to fight the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO). Between August 1982 and February 1984, the US, France, Britain and Italy deployed a Multinational Force (MNF) to Beirut. Its task was to act as an interposition force to bolster the government and to bring peace to the people. The mission is often forgotten or merely remembered in context with the bombing of US Marines’ barracks. However, an analysis of the Italian contingent shows that the MNF was not doomed to fail and could accomplish its task when operational and diplomatic efforts were coordinated. The Italian commander in Beirut, General Franco Angioni, followed a successful approach that sustained neutrality, respectful behaviour and minimal force, which resulted in a qualified success of the Italian efforts.

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Author:Bastian Matteo Scianna
Parent Title (English):The International History Review
Subtitle (English):the Italians in Beirut (Lebanon), 1982–1984
Series (Serial Number):Postprints der Universität Potsdam : Philosophische Reihe (143)
Document Type:Postprint
Date of first Publication:2018/07/13
Year of Completion:2018
Publishing Institution:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2018/07/13
Tag:Beirut; Italy; Lebanon; Middle East; peacekeeping
Source:The International History Review (2018) S. 1–23 DOI: 10.1080/07075332.2018.1431804
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät
Dewey Decimal Classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 90 Geschichte / 900 Geschichte und Geografie
Peer Review:Referiert
Publication Way:Open Access
Grantor:Taylor & Francis Open Access Agreement
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung 4.0 International