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The European Union's Attitude Towards Hezbollah: EU's Changed Attitude Toward Hezbollah Over Time

Nakhle, Rosalin LU (2014) STVM23 20141
Department of Political Science
Abstract
The European Union is expected to respond to world events every day and terrorist acts are predominate and often conducted by terrorist organizations or non-state actors. One of the most delicate cases is the Lebanese Hezbollah frequently resorting to violence and has over the last 20 years grown evermore important in the Middle East and Lebanon, thereby increasingly elevating the need for the EU to respond. The thesis investigates whether the EU is reactive to occurring events by analysing whether the EU’s attitude has changed over time and secondly, why the EU’s attitude has changed under the theoretical assumptions of Social Constructivism and Neorealism. This study analyses the discursive constructions of EU’s attitude towards... (More)
The European Union is expected to respond to world events every day and terrorist acts are predominate and often conducted by terrorist organizations or non-state actors. One of the most delicate cases is the Lebanese Hezbollah frequently resorting to violence and has over the last 20 years grown evermore important in the Middle East and Lebanon, thereby increasingly elevating the need for the EU to respond. The thesis investigates whether the EU is reactive to occurring events by analysing whether the EU’s attitude has changed over time and secondly, why the EU’s attitude has changed under the theoretical assumptions of Social Constructivism and Neorealism. This study analyses the discursive constructions of EU’s attitude towards Hezbollah and to understand why this change in attitude has occurred, I analyse three highly relevant explanations: Hezbollah’s activities, the influence of France and the influence of the US. The study concludes that the EU’s attitude has in fact changed over the years resulting in an explicit mentioning of Hezbollah combined with a more forceful and cautious attitude, and although France, more than the US, seemingly has influenced this change to an extent, it’s clearly evident that Hezbollah’s activities undoubtedly has affected the EU’s changed attitude. (Less)
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author
Nakhle, Rosalin LU
supervisor
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course
STVM23 20141
year
type
H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
subject
keywords
European Union, Hezbollah, attitudes, neorealism, social constructivism
language
English
id
4448347
date added to LUP
2014-07-07 14:45:00
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2014-07-07 14:45:00
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  abstract     = {The European Union is expected to respond to world events every day and terrorist acts are predominate and often conducted by terrorist organizations or non-state actors. One of the most delicate cases is the Lebanese Hezbollah frequently resorting to violence and has over the last 20 years grown evermore important in the Middle East and Lebanon, thereby increasingly elevating the need for the EU to respond. The thesis investigates whether the EU is reactive to occurring events by analysing whether the EU’s attitude has changed over time and secondly, why the EU’s attitude has changed under the theoretical assumptions of Social Constructivism and Neorealism. This study analyses the discursive constructions of EU’s attitude towards Hezbollah and to understand why this change in attitude has occurred, I analyse three highly relevant explanations: Hezbollah’s activities, the influence of France and the influence of the US. The study concludes that the EU’s attitude has in fact changed over the years resulting in an explicit mentioning of Hezbollah combined with a more forceful and cautious attitude, and although France, more than the US, seemingly has influenced this change to an extent, it’s clearly evident that Hezbollah’s activities undoubtedly has affected the EU’s changed attitude.},
  author       = {Nakhle, Rosalin},
  keyword      = {European Union,Hezbollah,attitudes,neorealism,social constructivism},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The European Union's Attitude Towards Hezbollah: EU's Changed Attitude Toward Hezbollah Over Time},
  year         = {2014},
}