Hezbollah: The Paradox of Influence

Nadine Chafik

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Abstract

This study examines the origins and maturation of Hezbollah from a loose confederation of street fighters to a political force that is able to adapt, transform and expand in one of the most unstable regions of the world. Labelled a terrorist organisation by some of the world's most powerful nations, this paper argues that Hezbollah's influence cannot be confined to a reputation born in the violence that gripped Lebanon during its civil war and occupation by Israel. So, what is Hezbollah?Is it a terrorist group, a political party, a social movement, an international power broker? This paper examines its evolution and metamorphoses into its present state of being. Regardless of the general world view, this study finds that Hezbollah has not completed its metamorphoses, for it is still evolving.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2-18
Number of pages17
JournalSalus Journal
Volume1
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Chafik, N. (2013). Hezbollah: The Paradox of Influence. Salus Journal, 1(1), 2-18.