Although Hezbollah was founded roughly a quarter of a century ago, no one is quite sure what, exactly, it is. The “A-team” of Islamist terrorist groups, as the Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage called it, or Lebanese Shia freedom fighters? Proxy army of the Islamic Republic of Iran, or a distinctly Lebanese political group organized, just like others, along sectarian lines, with ties to specific outside powers? Religious-political movement with uncompromising ideological goals, or a well-organized political party in the hodgepodge of Lebanon’s political pluralism? The connection between Lebanons Hezbollah and the Republic of Iran runs deep. Every aspect of the organization is connected in one way or another to the leadership in Tehran, Iran. The intentions of this thesis is to separate this connection and try to determine if Iran controls Hezbollah just like western governments have stated for years. To accomplish this I will attempt to break down the major aspects within the Hezbollah that has a connection to Iran from the leadership and funding to training and operations. I will also attempt to explain other reasons for Hezbollahs operations other than being purely controlled by Tehran as well as other ways they accomplish their goals without the aid of the Iranian government.
|School:||The American University of Paris (France)|
|Source:||MAI 81/3(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Middle Eastern Studies, Language, Islamic Studies, International Relations|
|Keywords:||Hezbollah, Republic of Iran, Tehran|
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