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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • September 26, 1948

    Security Agreement between Lebanon and Syria

    [Probable draft] of a joint security agreement between the Lebanese Sûreté Générale and the Syrian Sûreté Générale with sections on Jewish people, foreigners, artists, refugees, Palestinians, Communists, political and diplomatic personalities and Lebanese and Syrian nationals.

  • April 21, 1949

    Ḥusnī al-Za’īm (Husni al Za’eem) and Lebanon

    Short document regarding Husni Za'eem's visit to Lebanon.

  • April 23, 1949

    Syrian-Lebanese Relations

    Short document describing the activities of a Syrian Army official- in Beirut, where he delivered goods to Lebanon on behalf of the Syrian Army.

  • April 25, 1949

    Lebanese Recognition of Ḥusnī al-Za’īm (Husni al-Za'eem)

    Short document noting the Lebanese and former Syrian government's recognition of the Za’īm government.

  • June 02, 1949

    Untitled report on Syrian military movements

    Report on Syrian military defense maneuvers on the Syria-Lebanon border and Israeli attempts to acquire intelligence on these maneuvers.

  • June 07, 1949

    Untitled report regarding a trip to Damascus

    The Journalist Informer's report on his meeting with Ḥusnī al-Za'īm, the Za'īm regime and security apparatus, Syrian-Lebanese relations and Za'īm's attitude towards Riyaḍ al-Sulḥ.

  • July 25, 1949

    Untitled report on Soviet interests in Syria

    A meeting with the director of the Soviet News Agency reveals several items of Russian interest, including the American position in Syria, shipments of military ammunitions to Damascus, and a Syrian and Lebanese plan to fight communism.

  • October 22, 1950

    Severing of Relations between Syria and Lebanon

    Syria and Lebanon sever relations, and a movement grows in Tripoli against separation from Syria.

  • 1952

    Untitled report on relations between Syria and Lebanon

    Syria briefly reopens its border with Lebanon, and Chehab delivers an extensive report on developments in Syrian-Lebanese relations.

  • July 15, 1952

    Communist Activities

    Document discussing attempts by Pisrenko to gather information on Lebanese/Syrian cooperation on a joint defense project, information on the cessation of a communist newspaper's publication.

  • March 19, 1954

    Untitled report on Saudi contact with the Parti Populaire

    Report on a cooperation agreement between Saudi Arabia and the PPS in Syria and Lebanon

  • June 30, 1954

    Plans to Implement the Trade Agreement between Lebanon and Syria

    Report on the implementation of a Syrian-Lebanese trade agreement, including coordinating Russian trade and agricultural products.

  • 1956

    The Political Situation in Lebanon

    Lebanese government leaders debate military action against Egypt, and other countries scrutinize Lebanon's domestic situation.

  • 1956

    Prince Saud’s Visit to Lebanon, Syria and Arab Countries

    Description of Prince Saud's priorities in visiting Lebanon and Syria: primarily, hearing about President Sham'oon's visit to Baghdad and garnering confidence for the image of Crown Prince Saud to prevent internal strife.

  • 1956

    The Political Situation in Lebanon

    Account of the importance of the President to Lebanon's policies, the stages of Lebanon's foreign policy in the last two years, and a British visit to Cairo.

  • April 20, 1956

    Development of Lebanon's Political Situation

    While the Lebanese government favors Iraq and the British, it faces pressure to support Egyptian-Syrian-Saudi policies, and an opposition front is expected to form in the coming weeks.

  • July 25, 1956

    Report No. 7, 'Development of Arab Political Activities in Lebanon in relation to the Opposition to, and Support of the Turkish Alliance'

    Account of Lebanese perspectives toward the Turkish Alliance, controversy over a Saudi Ambassador, US intervention, and several other matters of urgency.

  • 1957

    Untitled report about meetings between Syrian officials and the Lebanese opposition

    Lebanese opposition and Syrian officials meet in Damascus to plan the removal of the Lebanese government from power.

  • 1957

    Syria’s Position vis-à-vis Lebanon

    The Syrian government and leftist leaders disapprove of the Lebanese government, Lebanese opposition leaders prepare a campaign against the government, and other Arab countries configure their policies toward Syria.

  • September 01, 1957

    Repercussions from America's Position regarding Syria and the Arab countries

    America sends warships into Syrian territorial waters, and regional powers calibrate their postures.