Domestic Change and Conflict in the Mediterranean: The Cases of Hamas and Hezbollah

January 2008


This report analyses the recent evolution of Hamas and Hezbollah. In particular it aims at evaluating: (1) the roles of the two resistance movements in their respective national arenas, and (2) in the conflict with Israel; (3) the impact of the two Islamist movements on regional politics, and, finally, (4) the impact of Western and mainly EU policies on them.

Chapter 1 analyses the last two years of Hamas’ political experience. Chapter 2 focuses on the recent evolution and current impasse of Hezbollah, probably the largest and most prominent Lebanese political party. Chapter 3 is an account of the impact of Hezbollah and Hamas on Arab regimes and public opinion. Chapter 4 is dedicated to the impact of international policies on the two Islamic movements.

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