Thesis Title

Hezbollah's Global Outreach Program

Date of Graduation

Summer 2004


Master of Science in Defense and Strategic Studies


Defense and Strategic Studies

Committee Chair

William Van Cleave


This thesis is focused on the history, goals, and effectiveness of Hezbollah in its war against Israel and its activities elsewhere. It examines the history and formation of the conflict that has centered on Lebanon. The thesis examines the events that were a catalyst to the formation of Hezbollah in Lebanon. Hezbollah's goals, organizational structure and leadership, the significant role played by Iran and Syria in sponsoring Hezbollah, and Hezbollah's methods of operation against Israel and the West are examined to determine its effectiveness during the time period of the Israeli invasion to its withdrawal. Since 2000 and the Israeli withdrawal, Hezbollah has continued its attacks against Israel both in the region and in other areas of the world. The last chapter presents conclusions on why Hezbollah has continued these attacks and the threat it poses to the United States and Israel. This chapter offers conclusions on the implications of the Israeli withdrawal, Hezbollah's current operational capabilities, continued support from Iran and Syria, and its links to terrorist organizations like Hamas and Al- Qaeda.


Hezbollah, Iran, Lebanon, state-sponsored terrorism, suicide bombings, Syria, terrorism

Subject Categories

Defense and Security Studies


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