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Land of Blue HelmetsThe United Nations and the Arab World$
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Karim Makdisi and Vijay Prashad

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286931

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286931.001.0001

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Constructing Security Council Resolution 1701 in Lebanon in the Shadow of the “War on Terror”

Constructing Security Council Resolution 1701 in Lebanon in the Shadow of the “War on Terror”

(p.147) Six Constructing Security Council Resolution 1701 in Lebanon in the Shadow of the “War on Terror”
Land of Blue Helmets

Karim Makdisi

University of California Press

This chapter examines how the “war on terror” gave global meaning to the 2006 Lebanon-Israel War and to the construction of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1701, which authorized a more robust mandate to the long-standing peacekeeping mission in southern Lebanon: the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL). After providing an interpretative framework showing how the “powerful discourse” that emerged after 9/11 linked Hizbullah and its assumed patron, Syria, with global terrorism, the chapter considers the construction of a UN-legitimated international regime, centered on Resolution 1559, that translated this war on terror discourse into domestic Lebanese terms. It then analyzes the construction of Resolution 1701, arguing that it made further violence in Lebanon inevitable. It also shows how the discursive contest over interpretations of Resolution 1701 transformed the conflict in Lebanon from an international to a domestic one and how the production of a hegemonic national discourse emerged following the signing of the 2008 Doha Agreement that precipitated the formation of a national unity government.

Keywords:   war on terror, Lebanon-Israel War, United Nations, peacekeeping, Lebanon, Hizbullah, terrorism, Doha Agreement

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