Accession Number : ADA536458


Title :   Iran's Strategy of Influence in the Middle East


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Alrumaithi, Mohamed


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a536458.pdf


Report Date : Dec 2010


Pagination or Media Count : 79


Abstract : As Iran's nuclear capabilities continue to be at the forefront of policy and security issues for many nations, the methods by which Iran perpetuates further instability are equally strategic. Militant-proxy groups, such as Hezbollah, have significant military capabilities, as well as political influence that are the driving forces behind Iran's regional influence. Concurrent to the intensive use of proxies, Iran is deliberately trying to weaken regimes through information framing. Iran's addresses to the Arab world are framed to a specific audience and with the tone of animosity towards the West and non-Muslims. Hezbollah also serves as a viable source for Iran's information framing; while Hezbollah's military and political sphere of influence within Lebanon continues to impose Lebanon's governmental control, Iran has achieved political success under Hezbollah's guise. This thesis explores the symbiotic relationship between Hezbollah and Iran and will center on how Iran has achieved relative success in destabilizing Gulf States. This thesis explores the overarching theme between the use of Hezbollah and information framing and the correlation between the reception of the Gulf region as observable effects of success.


Descriptors :   *INFORMATION WARFARE , *IRAN , *TERRORISTS , *POLITICAL SCIENCE , GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN) , PERSIAN GULF , THESES , HISTORY , PUBLIC OPINION , UNITED ARAB EMIRATES , ARAB GUERRILLAS , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT , POLICIES , ASYMMETRIC WARFARE , LEBANON , NUCLEAR WEAPONS


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE