Case 121 - The May 1983 Agreement on Lebanon
Rubin, Barry and Laura Blum
This case study examines the tripartite negotiations among Israel, Lebanon, and the United States that led to the signing in 1983 of what came to be known as the May 17 Accord. This agreement was the culmination of U.S. efforts to reach a ceasefire in a conflict that had already spawned the Lebanese civil war, Syrian occupation, Palestine Liberation Organization disruption, and the Israeli invasion of Lebanon. This case also presents a detailed analysis of the five stages leading to the accord. Students will learn the importance and limitations of careful implementation of such pacts.