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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.

Obama’s Equilibrium Fantasy

28th July 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Equilibrium Fantasy

Tony Badran

With the nuclear deal finally out of the way, President Obama can now get down to what, for him, has always been the real business—engaging Iran on regional issues. As one administration official has acknowledged, the US president sees Iran as “the key to peace” in the Middle East. But first, as Obama told Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in one of his letters, the formality of the nuclear deal had to be concluded. more...

Analysis & Commentary

27th August 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Is Hezbollah Behind Effort to Hijack Lebanese Protests?

Tony Badran

Hezbollah has sought to take advantage of the Lebanese protests against the government, though it does not currently seek to topple the existing political order, experts told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday. more...

25th August 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Lebanon’s Garbage Politics

Tony Badran

Over the weekend, thousands of Lebanese took to the streets to protest against their country’s corrupt political culture. The immediate cause of their concern, and anger, is that the country’s garbage has not been collected for a month and has come to pose, as Lebanon’s health minister warned, a “health disaster.” more...

11th August 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Moving to Capitalize on Diplomatic Gains From Nuclear Accord

Tony Badran

Iran appears to be trying to leverage the momentum gained from the conclusion of the nuclear deal, and improved relations with the West, in order to achieve some kind of deal that safeguards its interests in Syria and Lebanon. more...

4th August 2015 – NOW Lebanon

There Will Be Neither Snapback Nor Pushback

Tony Badran

President Obama views his deal with Iran as a stepping stone for a broader, strategic relationship with the Islamic Republic. "There is definitely a larger picture here,” an administration official told the New York Times last Friday. more...