Dr. Samii is an analyst at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. He conducted research and interviews in Lebanon and Syria in November-December 2005. He is the author of “The Security Relationship between Lebanon and Pre-Revolutionary Iran,” in Distant Relations: Iran and Lebanon in the Last 500 Years, Houchang Chehabi. ed. (I.B. Tauris, 2006). Views in this article do not represent the position of RFE/RL.