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Departmental Honors


Political Science


Determining whether or not an organization such as Hezbollah is or is not a terrorist group is a rather arduous process, especially since the international community can not agree. However, due to the reasons why Hezbollah was first organized and the group's involvement in the Lebanese political system, along with its network of social services, Hezbollah is not a terrorist organization. In order to prove such a bold statement, the first step must undoubtedly be to come up with a workable and effective definition of terrorism that is hopefully free from moral implications. The second step would be to see how the organization and its history fit into said definition. However, in order to formulate this workable definition of terrorism, it is essential to begin with an analysis of the definitions others have used, or are using, for terrorism.



Faculty Mentor

Veronica Ward

Departmental Honors Advisor

Veronica Ward