The Lebanon Civil War, 1975-1990:

  • 2012

The Lebanon Civil War, 1975-1990:

Genesis and Root Issues Analysis
Author:
Jeremiah Clark
Abstract:

When studying the origins of conflicts, researchers do not always place emphasis on the same issues. The same is true for the Lebanon Civil War. Some argue that, in the case of this conflict, political and religious issues were the primary cause and were amplified by economic issues. Others have argued the reverse, saying that economic issues are more likely to result in conflict than political disagreements.

Regarding this conflict, it is possible to make arguments placing blame for the conflict on a number of different issues. The issue that is most often cited as the genesis for this conflict is Lebanon’s confessional government system, which was created with the 1943 National Pact. In tandem with related issues stemming from economic, religious, and social problems, as well as the interests of neighboring states, the Lebanon Civil War may very well have been impossible to prevent.