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"Kaufman examines the connections and links that complicate the problem of the tri-border region between Lebanon, Syria, and Israel in a sensitive and sympathetic manner. Moreover, the work manages to explain a complex technical and factual problem in a straightforward manner."—Nadim Shehadi, Chatham House

"Kaufman has knitted together maps, archives, and other sources to give a comprehensive view of a collection of issues (fuzzy borders, water resources, state sovereignty, and non-state actors) in a complicated little corner of the Levant that has not hitherto received serious academic treatment. Given that this little corner is crucial to the future of relations among the three states, the author has done a major service in offering a rigorous, balanced, detailed, and fascinating interpretation."—William Harris, author of The Levant: A Fractured Mosaic

Chapter List


Part I. Mapping the Tri-Border Region
1. Colonial Mapping
2. Mapping the Mandates
3. After Independence
4. The United Nations: Mapping, Mediating, and Peacekeeping, 1949–2000
5. Cartographic Wars: The Israeli Withdrawal from South Lebanon and Beyond

Part II. Borders, Boundaries, and Frontiers, 1924–1982
6. The Making of the Tri-Border Region, 1924–1949
7. During and Between Wars: 1949–1973
8. Fatahland: How Lebanon Became a Frontline State
9. Whose Water Is This? Boundaries and Hydropolitics
10. Crossing Boundaries: The Trans-Arabian Pipeline and the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Part III. The Shebaa Farms Dispute and Beyond
11. A Fabricated Border Quandary?
12. The Shebaa Farms, Hizbullah, and Lebanese Sovereignty
13. Joha’s Nail? Israel and the Shebaa Farms
14. Resolving the Dispute? The United Nations in the Tri-Border Region, 2000–2010

Conclusion: On Cartography, Sovereignty, and Conflict

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