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Tony Badran

Research Fellow

Areas of Impact:

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

Biography:

Tony Badran is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he focuses on Lebanon, Hezbollah, Syria, and the geopolitics of the Levant.

Born and raised in Lebanon, Tony has testified to the House of Representatives on several occasions regarding U.S. policy toward Iran and Syria. His writings have appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The Weekly Standard, and he is a regular contributor to Tablet and a columnist for NOW.

Tony Badran is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, where he focuses on Lebanon, Hezbollah, Syria, and the geopolitics of the Levant.

Born and raised in Lebanon, Tony has testified to the House of Representatives on several occasions regarding U.S. policy toward Iran and Syria. His writings have appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The Weekly Standard, and he is a regular contributor to Tablet and a columnist for NOW.

The Third Lebanon War

18th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Third Lebanon War

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer, David Daoud

In August 2015, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released its first-ever public strategy paper, highlighting the complex challenges to Israel’s national security. Notably, it was not Iran’s nuclear program nor its ballistic missile development that ranked as the greatest threats to Israel, but rather its regional clients and proxies. Chief among those was the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. One year later that assessment still held, with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. General Gadi Eizenkot declaring that Hezbollah was the IDF’s “main enemy,” posing “the most serious threat to Israel.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

18th August 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Syria ‘is being swallowed whole by its clients’: Assad may be losing control over his own militias

Tony Badran

Pro-regime militias that have thrived amid the chaos of Syria's five-year civil war are becoming increasingly powerful and prone to warlordism as the state rapidly loses its ability to reign them in, defense analysts say. more...

18th August 2016 – Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

Tony Badran

FDD senior fellow Tony Badran discusses his recent report on Hezbollah, and why the next Isreali-Hezbollah confrontation may provoke regional conflict. more...

26th July 2016 – Quoted by Shiri Moshe - The Tower

Retired IDF General: Global Powers Must Act to Ensure Hezbollah Cannot Start Major War

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

The international community must use diplomatic and economic efforts to confront Hezbollah before it instigates another conflict with Israel, one that is likely to be much worse than the 2006 Lebanon War, a retired Israeli general said Monday. more...

25th July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Report: Next War with Hezbollah Could Cause “Thousands of Civilian Deaths” in Israel

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran, David Daoud

Israeli officials believe that a future war with Hezbollah, with its advanced Iranian-supplied rocket arsenal, could lead to “thousands of civilian deaths,” a white paper published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies revealed. more...