The so-called Cedar Revolution in Lebanon, triggered by the
assassination of the former Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in February
2005, brought to an end three decades of Syrian military presence
in the country. Here, Taku Osoegawa challenges the commonly-held
claim that Lebanon and its leaders were simple puppets of the
Syrian regime during the thirty years characterised as Lebanon
under Syrian hegemony. Furthermore, by examining Lebanon s
relations with Syria from the establishment of the Asad regime to
the current violence in Syria, Osoegawa concludes that the Lebanese
government has had its own reasons for aligning with Syria. As the
Lebanese-Syrian relationship has had an enormous impact on the
international relations of the Middle East, this book is essential
reading for those interested in the contemporary regional
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