Yuma Do, History & International & Global Studies

Advisor: Ewan Harrison,Political Science

This project analyzes the effectiveness of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNFIL), one of the oldest UN Peacekeeping forces that remains active to this day. To do this, I review the limited literature available on this mission from distinguished experts, such as Ramesh Thakur and Vanessa Newby. I find that, due to the intertwining of the two conflicts of the region, the Arab-Israeli Conflict and the Lebanese Civil War, and how rushed its creation in 1978 was by the hands of the United States, this particular UN peacekeeping mission was set up for failure. Despite this, UNIFIL has contributed much for the local citizens and the community through humanitarian aid and more, thus earning credibility among the local populations and proving to be a beneficial entity in the region.