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18th December 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Casts Shadow over Lebanon’s Presidential Vote

David Daoud

Lebanon was scheduled for presidential elections on Wednesday, but for the 32nd time in two years, parliament failed to achieve the necessary quorum to select a president. more...

17th December 2015 – The Long War Journal

Saudi Satellite Operator Drops Hezbollah Channel From Airwaves

Toby Dershowitz

Last week, Arabsat, the satellite operator majority-owned by Saudi Arabia, dropped Hezbollah’s television station from its broadcasts. Arabsat is the latest in a long list of satellite operators to drop the channel, Al-Manar, from its broadcasts. more...

2nd December 2015 – The Hill

Britain’s Corbyn Is No Laughing Matter

Oren Kessler

"Few people outside Britain have ever heard of Jeremy Corbyn," the British journalist Nick Cohen wrote in July, dubbing the member of Parliament (MP) the "long-shot" candidate to lead the Labour Party. Half a year later, Corbyn is Labour chairman, and still, few outside his home country know his name. They should. more...

1st December 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Israel Holds Firm to Red Lines in Syria Despite Russian Presence

David Daoud

Israel reportedly carried out four airstrikes in Syria’s Qalamoun Mountains near the Lebanese border last week, killing eight Hezbollah fighters and five Syrian soldiers, and wounding dozens. more...

24th November 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: New Legislation Would Empower U.S. to Fight Hezbollah’s Illicit Financing Activities

Tyler Stapleton

The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, which passed the Senate unanimously last week, would strengthen the United States’ ability to clamp down on the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s illicit financing activities if it’s signed into law, Tyler Stapleton, a deputy director at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in a policy brief on Monday. more...

23rd November 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Target Hezbollah with New Sanctions

Tyler Stapleton

Congress took action this week to target Hezbollah and its global network of illicit finance. more...

30th October 2015 – Tablet Magazine

Obama Licenses Iran To Ship Missiles to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The logical endgame of President Obama’s Iran policy and his “roundtable” approach to Syria has always been to offer American protection for Iranian missile shipments to Hezbollah. more...

28th October 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US Just Sent a Major Signal About How It Views Iranian Legitimacy in the Middle East

Tony Badran

Iran has been invited for the first time to participate in peace talks on Syria, in a move that recognizes Tehran as a legitimate stakeholder in the future of a country well into its fifth year of civil war. more...

14th October 2015 – The Long War Journal

Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Rallies Iranian Officers, Hezbollah in Syria

Bill Roggio

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force, has been seen addressing Iranian military officers and members of Lebanese Hezbollah in western Syria. more...

14th October 2015 – Militaryedge.org

Russian Forces Shield Hezbollah’s Arms Supply From Israeli Strikes

Patrick Megahan

The sudden appearance of Russian forces in Syria in recent weeks is raising concerns about inadvertent conflicts with the U.S.-led coalition. But while much of the spotlight may be on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bid to prop up the Assad regime and the escalating diplomatic tensions with Washington, Russia’s gambit presents a challenge for another regional country trying to enforce its own red lines: Israel. more...

7th October 2015 – The Huffington Post

Can Obama Counter Hezbollah After The Nuclear Deal?

Jonathan Schanzer

Washington, for all of its assurances that it has blocked every path to a nuclear Iran, has done little to block the pathway to a devastating regional conflict. more...

27th September 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Despite Nuclear Deal, Iran Remains Dangerous for European Banks

Benjamin Weinthal

The closure by Commerzbank this month of an account belonging to supporters of Hezbollah and the Tehran regime opens a window into the challenges faced by financial institutions seeking to re-enter the Iranian market. more...

26th September 2015 – Forbes

We’re Losing The War, Do Something

Michael Ledeen

What will it take to get pundits and pols to stop looking at the current crisis as a random collection of national and regional issues, rather than what it is: a global war? They ought to be able to see it easily by taking a snapshot of current events in and around Syria. more...

15th September 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

German Bank Closes Account of Pro-Iran, Pro-Hezbollah Supporters

Benjamin Weinthal

The German Commerzank has shut down the account of the al-Quds day demonstration—an annual march in German cities calling for the destruction of Israel—according to the bank’s spokesman. more...

8th September 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Kuwait’s Espionage Revelations Could Disrupt Rapprochement with Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Kuwaiti authorities recently disrupted an alleged terror cell linked to Iran and Hezbollah, and have begun exploring punitive steps against Tehran over allegations that two Iranian embassy officials are linked to the group. more...

5th September 2015 – New York Daily News

Europe Should Take Syria’s Assad to War

Benjamin Weinthal

The photograph of a drowned 3-year-old boy washed up on a Turkish beach put the Syrian refugee crisis front and center of Europe’s immigration policy. more...

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...

9th August 2015 – New York Post

The Iran Deal Will Unchain Top Ayatollah’s Terror Slush Fund

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Hundreds of bad actors are set to be expunged from the US Treasury’s sanctions list as a result of the Iran nuclear deal signed last month in Vienna. Yet the most high-profile among them has gone strangely unnoticed: the country’s dictator since 1989, Ali Khamenei. more...

8th July 2015 – Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

Obama Admin Fears Iran Deal Will Release Billions for Terror Attacks

Tony Badran

A nuclear agreement with Iran could give Tehran a $100 billion financial windfall—a sum that even the Obama administration is concerned could be used to finance terrorism against American interests. more...

26th June 2015 – NOW Lebanon

Not Fooling Anyone

Tony Badran

The agitation in the Druze community in Israel over the situation of their coreligionists in Syria turned bloody on Monday. A Druze mob near Majdal Shams attacked a military ambulance carrying wounded Syrians for treatment in Israel, killing one of them and critically injuring another, while also lightly injuring two Israeli soldiers. The deadly attack followed another attempted assault earlier in the day in the town of Hurfeish in the Galilee. more...

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13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?

7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?