Hizbollah in the Triple Frontier: How Political Discourse and National Identity Can Augment How We Understand Counterterrorism Efforts
Bean, Harleigh J.
Washington and Lee University -- Capstone in Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Discourse analysis -- Political aspects
Terrorism -- Prevention
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Capstone; [FULL-TEXT FREELY AVAILABLE ONLINE]Harleigh J. Bean is a member of the Class of 2018 of Washington and Lee University.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.Harleigh Bean