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Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Areas of Impact:

Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Arab Spring, Iran - Human Rights, Israel, Hezbollah, Iran

Biography:

Tony Badran is a Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) in Washington, DC. He focuses on Lebanon, Syria and Hezbollah.

His research includes US policy towards Lebanon and Syria; Syrian foreign policy, with a focus on its regional relations and its ties to militant non-state actors and terrorist groups. 

Born and raised in Lebanon, Mr. Badran also specializes in Lebanese affairs, including the military history of the Lebanese civil war, and has written extensively on Hezbollah. 

Mr. Badran has testified on Syria before the House of Representatives and the European Parliament and speaks frequently at leading policy research institutes.

Mr. Badran’s writings appear regularly in a range of publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostForeignPolicy.comForeignAffairs.com and The Weekly Standard, among others, and he writes a weekly commentary for NOW Lebanon, a news site that covers the Middle East, with a focus on Lebanese and Syrian affairs.

Tony Badran is a Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) in Washington, DC. He focuses on Lebanon, Syria and Hezbollah.

His research includes US policy towards Lebanon and Syria; Syrian foreign policy, with a focus on its regional relations and its ties to militant non-state actors and terrorist groups. 

Born and raised in Lebanon, Mr. Badran also specializes in Lebanese affairs, including the military history of the Lebanese civil war, and has written extensively on Hezbollah. 

Mr. Badran has testified on Syria before the House of Representatives and the European Parliament and speaks frequently at leading policy research institutes.

Mr. Badran’s writings appear regularly in a range of publications including the Los Angeles Times, the Washington PostForeignPolicy.comForeignAffairs.com and The Weekly Standard, among others, and he writes a weekly commentary for NOW Lebanon, a news site that covers the Middle East, with a focus on Lebanese and Syrian affairs.

In Dangerous Gamble, the Obama Administration Is Abandoning Decades-Old Mideast Alliances

11th January 2016 – The Huffington Post

In Dangerous Gamble, the Obama Administration Is Abandoning Decades-Old Mideast Alliances

Tony Badran

In response to the crisis in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, following the latter's assault on the Saudi consulate and embassy in Iran, the Obama administration has taken to the media to unleash a furious rebuke. more...

Analysis & Commentary

4th February 2016 – Tablet Magazine

America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The administration of President Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to insist that the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal was a war with Iran, a prospect that has now presumably been kicked further down the road. Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with Iran right now. more...

4th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

World Pledges Over $10 Billion to Help Syrian Refugees as Peace Talks Stall

Tony Badran

International donors pledged over $10 billion to assist refugees fleeing from Syria’s civil war, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. more...

2nd February 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘The Russians are going to have a cow’: The US’ latest message to Putin ‘is a really big deal’

Tony Badran

The US will devote a substantial portion of its defense spending to building up its military presence in Eastern Europe in an effort to deter Russian aggression in the region, Obama administration officials told The New York Times. more...

2nd February 2016 – CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders have officially begun. This was announced by the U.N. special envoy after meeting with members from Syria’s main opposition group in Geneva on Monday. Tony Badran, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies lends insight into what this might mean for the talks going forward and if a resolution is in sight. more...