NELSON INSTITUTE DIRECTOR’S COLUMN ZEROES IN ON HEZBOLLAH’S AFRICAN CONNECTION

August 10, 2006

HARRISONBURG—In his weekly column for the World Defense Review, Dr. J. Peter Pham, Director of the Nelson Institute for International and Public Affairs at James Madison University, discusses Hezbollah’s far-flung financial and logistical networks among the Lebanese Shī‘a diaspora in Africa.

According to Dr. Pham “it has become quite clear that the only way forward to a sustainable cessation of hostilities along Israel’s border with Lebanon will require cutting off the radical Shī‘a group’s access to the external sources which enabled it to amass its arsenal and carry out its operations in the first place.” However, he notes that “the task of shutting down Hezbollah’s financial network will undoubtedly require considerable investment by the U.S. and its allies of resources, human and otherwise, in a number of African countries.”

Dr. Pham’s article, “Hezbollah’s African Connection,” can be accessed online by clicking here.