From Resistance to Regional Involvement: Hezbollah’s Changing Role Amid the Syrian Civil War

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dc.contributor.advisor Feldman, Shai en_US Cohen, Dor 2016-05-16T17:17:48Z 2016-05-16T17:17:48Z 2016 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis examines whether Hezbollah has transitioned from a Lebanese resistance force against Israel to a regional player, as well as whether Hezbollah underwent this transformation to further Iranian interests or due to its own strategic calculation. It also considers whether Hezbollah has benefited or lost from expanding its role, and the effects of Hezbollah’s role in Syria on its ability to carry out its mission in Lebanon, Israel’s perception of Hezbollah, and the organization’s ability to confront Israel. This thesis analyzes five important actions or decisions taken by Hezbollah in Syria since 2013 as indicative of change or not indicative of change, as well as activity in Yemen, Bahrain, and Egypt. The results of this thesis’ research evince that Hezbollah has indeed undergone a significant shift in its role since it entered the Syrian arena in 2013. Ultimately, Hezbollah’s activity in Syria presents the organization with significant challenges that could seriously hamper the Hezbollah’s capabilities in future conflicts. en_US
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dc.language English en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Brandeis University en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brandeis University Theses and Dissertations
dc.rights Copyright by Dor Cohen 2016 en_US
dc.title From Resistance to Regional Involvement: Hezbollah’s Changing Role Amid the Syrian Civil War en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.contributor.department Department of Politics en_US BA en_US Bachelors en_US Politics en_US Brandeis University, College of Arts and Sciences en_US

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