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dc.contributor.advisorGingeras, Ryan
dc.contributor.authorKing, Ryan K.
dc.dateSep-12
dc.date.accessioned2012-11-14T00:02:39Z
dc.date.available2012-11-14T00:02:39Z
dc.date.issued2012-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/17386
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractKamal Salibi, a recognized Lebanese historian, described Lebanese society as liberal and tolerant, traditional rather than zealous or fanatical in its attitude towards religion and political ideology. Unfortunately, the openness that defined Lebanons success also led to its failures. Confessionalism, a fragile political environment resulting in a perpetually weak central government, and internal meddling by Lebanons neighbors and imperial powers have framed its fractured history. The country of Lebanon is a sum of its parts (i.e., religion, politics, economy), parts that can be examined individually but are never defined one hundred percent independent of each other. A part of Lebanon that is often underestimated and overlooked is the drug trade, its influence on Lebanese politics and the consequences of such a relationship. In other words, control of narcotics trafficking through the Lebanese state has disproportionately influenced the political landscape of Lebanon, contributed to the disenfranchisement of many confessional groups the Shia in particular, and as a result contributed to the rise of Hezbollah.en_US
dc.publisherMonterey, California. Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.titleLebanon A Convergence of Political Islam and Criminalityen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderDahl, Erik
dc.contributor.departmentSecurity Studies
dc.subject.authorHezbollahen_US
dc.subject.authorHizbullahen_US
dc.subject.authorConfessionalismen_US
dc.subject.authorCommunitarianismen_US
dc.description.serviceLieutenant, United States Navyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Arts In Security Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSecurity Studies (Middle East, South Asia, Sub-saharan Africa)en_US


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