Following the war between Israel and Hezbollah forces in southern Lebanon in the summer of 2006, the Security Council authorized the expansion of the UN peacekeeping mission in Lebanon, UNIFIL. Two years on, the mission has contributed to the maintenance of a ceasefire and has taken on humanitarian tasks like removing unexploded ordinance left over from the war.
This video is the first installment of a ten part series that is meant to explain UNIFIL to a Lebanese audience. (The host is Lebanese actor Rafic Ali Ahmad). To an American audience the video looks a little campy, but it is an interesting example of a peacekeeping mission’s efforts at 21st century public diplomacy.
Watch the rest of the series.