Understanding Hezbollah

Understanding Hezbollah

The Lebanon-based militant group Hezbollah has emerged as a major concern among U.S. security officials. Understanding the threat Hezbollah poses in the Middle East and the world.

The political and paramilitary group known as Hezbollah has been a major player in Lebanon and across the Middle East for 30 years. The U.S. considers it to be a terrorist organization. Now the group has extended its reach to this hemisphere. Iran and Syria are its key allies. With the Assad regime teetering in Damascus, and Iran bracing for a Mideast war, Hezbollah is at the center of attention as never before. Guest host Tom Gjelten and his guests talk about the military and political roles of Hezbollah in the Middle East and beyond - and why U.S. officials are watching the group so closely.


Matthew Levitt

senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, and author of a forthcoming book tentatively titled "Hezbollah: The Global Footprint of Lebanon's Party of God."

Kim Ghattas

State Department correspondent for the BBC; author of a forthcoming book on Hillary Clinton during her years as Secretary of State.

Shibley Telhami

Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of the forthcoming book, "The Peace Puzzle: America's Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace 1989-2011."

Paul Salem

director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon.

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