Hezbollah: The Story of the Party of God: From Revolution to Institutionalization

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Palgrave Macmillan, 2009 - Political Science - 293 pages
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The Hezbollah movement is a product of the environment in which it operates and of the interactions as well as of the reciprocal relations between the players surrounding it. Hezbollah is a Lebanese Shiite movement with an affinity and a deep correlation with the Iranian system, yet it’s foundation stemmed  from the development of social and political procedures in the Lebanese system, in general, and among the Shia sect, in particular.

As the movement expanded and became institutionalized, it turned more sensitive to the procedures and influences of the internal and the regional systems. On the regional and the international fields, it used a controlled policy which integrates guerrilla warfare and terrorist attacks while taking into account “profit and loss” considerations. The 2008 model of Hezbollah is one of a pragmatic terrorist organization that is far more dangerous than that of the revolutionary Hezbollah of the eighties. In fact, the movement hasn't abandoned its goals, but changed their pace of application.

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Dr. Azani currently serves as Deputy Executive Director of the International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel.

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