Hizbollah in the Triple Frontier: How Political Discourse and National Identity Can Augment How We Understand Counterterrorism Efforts
Bean, Harleigh J.
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This paper analyzes primary sources in the form of political discourse to demonstrate the link between discourse, national identity, and political action. I employ theoretical frameworks regarding national identity and political discourse in conjunction with linguistic frameworks such as Critical Discourse Analysis as presented by Fairclough in 2016. Through this I analysis, I propose that political discourse analysis, specifically of discourse directly produced by Heads of State or their representation, should be used to analyze counterterrorism efforts. For this paper, I used the current Hezbollah presence in South America, more specifically in the Triple Frontier of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay, as a vehicle to examine the relationship between political discourse and national identity.
Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Harleigh J. Bean is a member of the Class of 2018 of Washington and Lee University.