HEZBOLLAH’S IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION AND THE DECISION TO ENTER THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR

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HEZBOLLAH’S IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION AND THE DECISION TO ENTER THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR

Type: Research master thesis
Title: HEZBOLLAH’S IDENTITY CONSTRUCTION AND THE DECISION TO ENTER THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR
Author: Kalowska, Aleksandra Katarzyna
Issue Date: 2018-10-31
Keywords: Lebanon
Syria
Hezbollah
civil war
identity construction
Abstract: The thesis is based within the theories of constructivism and looks for the connection between the identity construction and the foreign policy decision-making process. The research question posed is: why is Hezbollah stepping in the Syrian civil war? What is the relation between this decision and the group’s identity that has been continuously constructed and re-constructed in the past 30 years? Moreover, is the relationship between the decision to go to war and Hezbollah identity construction linear? Can the conflict in Syria affect, or even re-shape the construction of Hezbollah’s identity? How does this comply (or disconnect) with Hezbollah’s own ideas about self and role in the serves in the region? The paper analyses the relation between the identity construction and the decision to go to the Syrian war, and based on this example draws a conclusion that the relationship between the two is rather reciprocal than linear.
Supervisor: Warnaar, Maaike
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: Middle Eastern Studies (Research master)
ECTS Credits: 25
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/66883
 

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