Investigating Lebanon's Political Murders: International Idealism in the Realist Middle East?
Author: Harris, William
Source: The Middle East Journal, Volume 67, Number 1, Winter 2013 , pp. 9-27(19)
Publisher: Middle East Institute
Abstract:This article reviews the investigation of Lebanon's 2004–2008 string of assassinations, a novel international venture precipitated by the February 2005 assassination of former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri. It argues that shifting realist and idealist impulses on the international level, alongside a vicious struggle in Lebanon, allowed the intrusion of international justice in the form of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), although with meager results up to late 2012. The impact on Lebanon of the uprising in Syria against the Asad regime, a prime suspect in Lebanese assassinations, has both overshadowed the affair and raised the stakes involved in the STL's pursuit of it.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 2013
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