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Randa Slim: Hezbollah in the Wake of the Arab Spring (2/7)

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Published on Mar 13, 2012

MEI scholar Randa Slim led a discussion about Hezbollah and its reaction to shifting regional dynamics in the wake of the Arab Spring. Although Lebanon has not experienced the same levels of unrest as its neighbors, Hezbollah is not immune from the regional instability resulting from the revolutions roiling the Middle East.

Hezbollah is currently the principal orchestrator of a new governing coalition that is rife with internal divisions. A debate about the financing of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon for the Hariri assassination is threatening to undo Lebanon's cabinet entirely, while the ongoing Syrian revolts are undermining Hezbollah's "strategic depth" and jeopardizing a major weapons supply line.

There is serious concern within Hezbollah's ranks that Syria might be heading toward a state of protracted civil strife. Given this complex set of circumstances, what are Hezbollah's domestic priorities? How do the Arab uprisings impact Hezbollah's regional standing?

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