This report on Lebanon from the International Crisis Group was prepared before the start of the present round of hostilities: it warns that deep sectarian divisions, widespread corruption, and political gridlock all conspire to make Lebanon's transition to stable democracy highly uncertain.
At first glance, Hizballah's position on the State Department's list of groups that sponsor terrorism would seem to be secure. This is not hard to understand, because since the early 1980s the Iranbacked Hizballah (Party of God) positioned itself as an opponent of U.S. policy in the Middle East and especially in Lebanon. Nevertheless, there are other aspects to the group, and this report examines Hizballah's other functions as a governing body.
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