Lebanon on Hold: Implications for Middle East Peace


Publisher: The Royal Institute for International Affairs and the Centre for Lebanese Studies. London and Oxford. 1996.
E-book ISBN: 1 86203 020 0

A Special Paper published by the Royal Institute for International Affairs in association with the Centre for Lebanese Studies.
This collection of analytical essays highlights critical issues at stake for Lebanon and the peace process as seen by 17 international specialists. It reflects concerns which will have to be addressed if the present cycle of attack and counter-attack is to be broken. The work was conceived in order to emphasize the lessons to be learned from ‘Operation Grapes of Wrath’ and to focus attention on a Lebanese perspective and the need for reassessment of Lebanon’s position in the Middle East peace process. This need became obvious during the Israeli attack of April 1996. Some of the contributors provide valuable historical background on the players; others to provoke more creative thinking about how to bring a viable peace to the region. The intention overall is to lay the ground for an essential rethink, not only for Lebanon, but also on the whole Middle East agenda for Peace.

‘This is a valuable work, for which Chatham House and the Centre for Lebanese Studies are to be congratulated. It should be studies closely by policymakers and the appropriate lessons should be drawn from it, the principle one that making war on civilians in the cause of ‘anti-terrorism’ does not open the road to peace.’
Sir Antony Parsons