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.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-3461
Print ISSN
0026-3141
Pages
pp. 9-27
Launched on MUSE
2013-02-01
Open Access
No
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