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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.

Iran is Exporting its Islamic Revolution into Syria, Iraq and Yemen Just as it Did in Lebanon

6th March 2015 – Business Insider

Iran is Exporting its Islamic Revolution into Syria, Iraq and Yemen Just as it Did in Lebanon

Tony Badran

At a rally last month on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani gloated: “We are witnessing the export of the Islamic Revolution throughout the region. From Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and North Africa.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th April 2015 – NOW News

Over the Heads of the Saudis

Tony Badran

“Iran is part of the problem in Yemen, not part of the solution,” said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States on Wednesday. The statement was an indirect rebuke of President Obama, who in an interview the day before had said that his administration had "indicated to the Iranians that they need to be part of the solution, and not part of the problem.” more...

21st April 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudi-Funded French Weapons Arrive in Lebanon

Tony Badran

The first shipment of French weapons and military equipment arrived in Lebanon on Monday under a Saudi-funded deal worth $3 billion. The arms and supplies will supposedly bolster the Lebanese army’s fight against Sunni terrorists encroaching from Syria, though thoughts of countering Hezbollah were likely also in mind. more...

4th April 2015 – Quoted by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

The US and Iran are Closer in Iraq Than People Realize — and Things are Getting Ugly

Tony Badran

The Obama administration is no longer hiding the fact that the US is serving as the air force for Iran-backed Shia militias fighting ISIS in Iraq. more...

27th March 2015 – NOW News

How to Read Jordan’s Surprise Opening to Iran

Tony Badran

On Sunday, Qassem Soleimani, commander of the Iranian Quds Force, made headlines over comments he made about Iran’s sway in the region. “Iran is present in Iraq and Lebanon,” Soleimani reportedly said, “and both countries are subject to Iran’s will and ideas.” As far as such statements go, they are fairly routine. What raised eyebrows was what Soleimani said next; that Iran has the ability to stir things in Jordan as well. more...