Walking into Israel's Trap?

Syria and the Shebaa Farms

by Michael Young | published April 19, 2001

Israeli-Syrian Talks: Back In a Deep Freeze

by Ghassan Bishara | published February 1, 2000

Israel's terms for peace with Syria as revealed in the Israeli-leaked American document speak of a military redeployment with the settlements remaining in place. While Syria is responding favorably to Israeli demands for normalization and security, Israel's ideas are more a road-map for permanent occupation than a plan for a reasonable peace agreement.

Of Specters and Disciplined Commodities

Syrian Migrant Workers in Lebanon

by John Chalcraft
published in MER236

“Lebanon was built with Syrian muscles,” declared an elderly Lebanese in the early 1990s. He was referring to the hundreds of thousands of semi- and unskilled Syrians who have worked in Lebanon on a temporary basis in construction, agriculture, manufacturing and services since the mid-twentieth century.

Syria and Lebanon: A Brotherhood Transformed

by Bassel Salloukh
published in MER236

Unlike its incremental intervention in Lebanon throughout early 1976, Syria’s withdrawal from Lebanon in late April 2005 was swift, unplanned and humiliating. On both occasions, Lebanese, regional and international factors overlapped to shape Syrian behavior. But whereas the 1976 intervention consolidated Syria’s position in the Arab-Israeli conflict and elicited implicit US gratitude and Israeli cooperation, the 2005 withdrawal undermined Syria’s regional security interests and left it besieged in the international arena.

Syria's Curious Dilemma

by Bassam Haddad
published in MER236

Seasoned observers of Syria have learned not to make much of apparent political changes in the country. This lesson holds true today, but with a twist.