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Karim Makdisi is an associate professor of international politics at the American University of Beirut and a co-editor of "Land of Blue Helmets: The United Nations and the Arab World" (University of California Press, 2017). He was interviewed by PassBlue for its podcast episode on the Aug. 4, 2020, Lebanon blast. To listen: https://soundcloud.com/user-936032402/ep-28-lebanon-explosion

The Unifil Peacekeeping Mandate: Kicking the Southern Lebanon Can Down the Road

On Aug. 28, the United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to renew its peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon, called Unifil, for another year. This unanimity, however, masked what had been a series of heated informal discussions on the nature of Unifil and the interpretation of its mandate. The United States, essentially representing Israel, threatened to …

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The UN Mission in Lebanon, Saved From the US Ax for Another Year

BEIRUT — In late August, the United Nations Security Council unanimously renewed its peacekeeping operation in southern Lebanon, called Unifil. The less confrontational tone around the negotiation of Resolution 2433, contrasting with the heated debate on the renewal a year ago, can be read as a positive sign for Lebanon and the UN. It represents …

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