Mohanad Hage Ali is the director of communications at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. A former journalist, he worked for, among other outlets, the Al-Hayat daily in Beirut and London. He is a regular contributor to the Lebanese online publication Al-Modon, and a lecturer in politics and journalism at the Lebanese American University. Recently, he published Nationalism, Transnationalism, and Political Islam: Hizbullah’s Institutional Identity at Palgrave Macmillan, which he talked about here.

Diwan sat with Hage Ali in late November to discuss what the future holds for Hezbollah now that the conflict in Syria has entered a new phase in which the regime of President Bashar al-Assad appears to have survived, to a great extent thanks to Iran’s and the party’s efforts.