It is now 43 years later, and the West has further deteriorated its values, morals and economies but has returned to Lebanon—not for civilization—but to hopefully broker a breakthrough deal between Lebanon and Israel to resolve a maritime border dispute regarding the right to exploit potentially valuable hydrocarbons in the East Mediterranean Sea. This paper will examine the law, the economics of international petroleum agreements and the geopolitical implications for beleaguered Lebanon which currently finds itself in a severe economic crisis that the World Bank said is among, “the most severe episodes globally since the mid-nineteenth century. At the same time, both Lebanon and Israel are faced with political instability and a lack of domestic consensus on how best to proceed.
Mitchell Gray is an Attorney in Oklahoma City, USA and an adjunct professor of Oil and Gas Principles at Oklahoma City University, USA. Mitchell Gray was a former US Army personnel and served at the rank of Captain in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). He also Served at Camp Bucca, Oklahoma National Guard in Iraq. He was also a US Army Reserve, Military Intelligence Augmentation Detachment and Judge Advocate General Corps, Oklahoma National Guard, USA.
Mr. Gray has been honoured with many awards in his service to the country such as:
- Honour Roll and Deans list, Thomas Cooley School of Law.
- Iraqi Campaign Medal Service Star, Global War on Terrorism Medal, National Service.
- Medal with Bronze Star for second award, Meritorious Service Medal.
Mr. Gray is a graduate in Customs Administration and International Trade from University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and in Arabic language from the University of Oklahoma, USA. He has a vast experience in counter-terrorism and participated in anti-terrorism operations whilst serving in the US Army in Iraq. Mr Gray is the author of several books including “I Heard You Were Going on Jihad” (Mills Press), which describes his experiences in combating terrorism as an information source to the FBI. His most recent book about Lebanon “Sons of Resistance: Bashir Gemayel, Ali Hassan Salameh in ‘Freewheeling and Open’ Beirut: What Shaped Modern Lebanon“, is currently available on Amazon.