Accession Number : ADA545111


Title :   Hezbollah: The Myth of Moderation


Descriptive Note : Monograph rept. Aug 2010-Feb 2011


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES


Personal Author(s) : Pick, Shaw S


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a545111.pdf


Report Date : 19 May 2011


Pagination or Media Count : 61


Abstract : This monograph examines Hezbollah, Lebanon, and Iran through a modified DIME framework in order to determine whether Hezbollah has indeed experienced a fundamental shift away from Iranian-inspired Shi'ite extremism and violence and moved towards an ideology of moderation within Lebanon. Modified for the unique Islamic identity of Hezbollah and both Iran and Lebanon, a religion component has been added to the analysis in order to better understand which view of Islam these entities adhere to. Ultimately, this monograph will show that Hezbollah sees the authority of the Lebanese state as secondary to that of the regime in Tehran, and this informs both their thinking and their actions. This is of significant importance to both Lebanon and the United States, as the existence of a well-funded, well-armed sub-national jihadi group operating freely within a country with which the U.S. has diplomatic ties is immensely problematic.


Descriptors :   *TERRORISM , *RELIGION , *CULTURE , *ISLAM , IRAN , POLITICAL PARTIES , MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS , POLITICAL SCIENCE , UNITED STATES , LEBANON , INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS


Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE