European Eye on Radicalization will explore the various facets of Hezbollah in our first webinar, a video of which will be posted in the coming days.
Hezbollah manages to be simultaneously a militia, political party, sectarian actor in Lebanon, Iranian proxy, and global criminal enterprise. Hezbollah plays a complex and increasingly important role in the Middle East, and, indeed, the world.
Under President Donald Trump, the United States policy of conciliation with Iran through the nuclear deal has been reversed and a policy of “maximum pressure” applied against the Islamic Republic and its allies, impacting Hezbollah significantly.
Meanwhile, the region has begun to shift in other ways, notably with the normalized relations between Arab states and Israel.
The overlapping Lebanese, regional, and global dimensions of the Hezbollah will be covered, as well as Hezbollah’s role in extremist proselytism and fundraising in Europe and its more far-flung activities in Latin America,
The event will feature three notable experts:
- Ksenia Svetlova was born in the Soviet Union, before emigrating to Israel and becoming a journalist covering inter alia terrorism, then a member of parliament, where she worked on defence matters. She has remained deeply engaged on security issues since leaving parliament.
- Richard Burchill has been involved in Middle Eastern affairs for a long time and is currently a senior fellow at the Bussola Institute in Brussels
- Mariana Diaz works with United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI), under the framework of the Knowledge Center Security through Research, Technology and Innovation (SIRIO).
We look forward to your feedback and engagement.