Hezbollah is a hybrid actor, enjoying state legitimacy in Lebanon and operating both within and outside the state without being accountable to the state.
A new Chatham House paper on How Hezbollah Holds Sway over the Lebanese State provides insight into Hezbollah’s journey to power and argues that it has achieved this by consolidating control through elite pacts and by taking advantage of weaknesses in the Lebanese state system and infrastructure.
At this webinar, panellists explore the paper’s findings and consider what the future may hold for Hezbollah, particularly in the context of rapid deterioration in Lebanon and the renewed drive by Western policymakers to achieve reform in the country.
The event will be held on the record and livestreamed on the MENA Programme Facebook page.
Joseph Daher, Visiting Professor, University of Lausanne
Lina Khatib, Director, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Mona Yacoubian, Senior Adviser, U.S. Institute for Peace
Moderator: Emile Hokayem, Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, IISS