Hezbollah, from the Iranian Revolution to the Syrian War


START Headquarters

On Tuesday, November 12 at 1:00pm, Dr. Didier Leroy will give a lecture at START headquarters. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are appreciated. If you are not a START affiliate, please email Eva Coll (escoll@umd.edu) if you're interested in attending for more information.

This presentation will address the ideological and structural evolution of Lebanese Hezbollah, since its emergence four decades ago, through the lens of resilience theories. Recalling its Iranian revolutionary roots, it will focus on how the movement has become an ever more deterrent opponent from the Israeli perspective and grown into a strong regional actor - against all odds - through the Syrian war.

Didier Leroy is a research fellow at the Royal Higher Institute for Defence (RHID) in Belgium, where he is in charge of study of the MENA region. He teaches at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and is also associate researcher at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Initially focused on Lebanon and political Islam, he has authored two books and more than 20 articles on Hezbollah.