MENASourceSep 27, 2023
Hezbollah’s assertive posture in south Lebanon places UNIFIL in a difficult position
By Nicholas Blanford
Not only has there been an uptick in activity in recent months along the Blue Line, but Hezbollah has also been establishing a new and visible military footprint.
MENASourceApr 13, 2023
Hezbollah and its allies are more emboldened than they’ve been in nearly two decades
By Nicholas Blanford
The bottom line of this latest flare-up of violence along the Lebanon-Israel border is that Hezbollah, in coordination with Hamas, launched the largest barrage of rockets into Israel in nearly seventeen years without facing any repercussions.
Nicholas Blanford is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Middle East Programs.
Blanford covers the politics and security affairs of Lebanon and Syria. He is an acknowledged expert on Lebanese Hezbollah, particularly the organization’s evolving military activities, which have remained a focus of his work for two decades.
Blanford is a Beirut-based consultant and a defense and security correspondent for IHS/Jane’s. Previously, he was the Beirut correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor. In addition, he wrote regularly for The Times (London), The Daily Star (Beirut), and Al-Jazeera America. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today, and The National (Abu Dhabi).
Based in Lebanon since 1994, he has also reported from Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and Morocco. He regularly participates in seminars and conferences and has briefed government agencies and militaries on issues related to the Levant. He has also participated in Track II discussions connected to the Middle East peace process.
Blanford is the author of Warriors of God: Inside Hezbollah’s Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel (Random House, 2011); and Killing Mr Lebanon: The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and its Impact on the Middle East (IB Tauris, 2006). He wrote the Lebanon chapter in The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are, ed. Robin Wright (Woodrow Wilson Center, 2012); and the introductory essay to The Voice of Hizbullah: The Speeches of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah (Verso, 2007).