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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 details:Bastian Matteo SciannaGND
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/07075332.2018.1431804
ISSN:0707-5332
ISSN:1949-6540
Title of parent work (English):The international history review
Subtitle (English):The Italians in Beirut (Lebanon), 1982-1984
Publisher:Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group
Place of publishing:Abingdon
Publication type:Article
Language:English
Date of first publication:2018/02/08
Completion year:2018
Release date:2021/02/15
Tag:Beirut; Italy; Lebanon; Middle East; Peacekeeping
Volume:41
Issue:3
Page number:23
First page:650
Last Page:672
Organizational units:Philosophische Fakultät / Historisches Institut
DDC classification:9 Geschichte und Geografie / 90 Geschichte / 900 Geschichte und Geografie
Peer review:Referiert
Publishing method:Open Access
Open Access / Hybrid Open-Access
License (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung, Nicht kommerziell, Keine Bearbeitung 4.0 International