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17th September 2018 – PragerU

What is Hezbollah?

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran answers the question "What is Hezbollah?" for PragerU. more...

18th June 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Lebanese General Bids to Circumvent Congress

Tony Badran

Last Wednesday, the Lebanese press reported that the commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), Gen. Joseph Aoun, is preparing for an official visit to Washington in the coming few days. According to the Lebanese daily Al-Joumhouria, Gen. Aoun will have a packed schedule of meetings at the Defense Department “to ensure the continuation of American military support.” more...

15th June 2018 – Foreign Policy

Lebanon Is Protecting Hezbollah’s Cocaine Trade in Latin America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Days after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, Washington ramped up sanctions against Hezbollah as part of its offensive against Tehran and its proxies. Yet U.S. policy toward the Lebanese militant group continues to be incoherent. more...

12th June 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran’s March Across the Middle East

Clifford D. May, Tony Badran

Lebanon and Iraq both recently held elections, which is good news – or is it? Hezbollah, Iran's terrorist foreign legion, is now more firmly in control of Lebanon than ever before. Meanwhile, Iraq still faces many perils, not least from the Islamic Republic of Iran as it pursues its imperialist ambitions in the region. more...

14th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah and its Allies Win more than Half the Seats in Lebanon’s Parliament

Romany Shaker

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared a “great political and moral victory for the resistance” after his party and its allies secured their first-ever majority in Lebanon’s May 6 parliamentary election, the first in nine years. Hezbollah’s success at the polls helps to cement its dominant position in Lebanese politics while consolidating Iran’s influence over the state’s affairs. more...

8th May 2018 – The Washington Times

Where Iran’s terrorist representative is the big winner

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran’s local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group’s dangerous domestic and regional agendas. more...

8th May 2018 – The Washington Times

Where Iran’s terrorist representative is the big winner

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran’s local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group’s dangerous domestic and regional agendas. more...

3rd May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah chief’s censored speech reaffirms group as Tehran’s arm in Lebanon

In March, an Iran state-affiliated media outlet inappropriately published a speech by Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. The speech was a private – candid – address to an Iranian audience in Beirut in the same month. more...

30th April 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Our Incoherent Lebanon Policy

Tony Badran

State building is the core of US policy in Lebanon. As part of this chimeric policy, now over a decade old, Washington has been throwing hundreds of millions of dollars at Lebanon. The State Department proudly recalled last month at a donor conference for Lebanon in Rome, that in 2017 the US gave the Hezbollah-run country $250 million in assistance, and announced it will complete delivery of more weapons systems to the Hezbollah-aligned Lebanese Armed Forces as part of a $340 million aid package. more...

13th April 2018 – Foreign Policy

Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence is set to meet with regional leaders at the Summit of the Americas, where he should tell those assembled that it is time to launch a coordinated campaign against Hezbollah’s illicit empire in Latin America. (The Vice-President is stepping in for President Donald Trump, who abruptly cancelled his Latin America trip to oversee the U.S. response to Syria’s latest chemical attack outrage). But first, the White House has to show that it is prepared to take the lead by designating Hezbollah, a political and militant organization based in Lebanon, as a Transnational Criminal Organization under U.S. law. more...

9th March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force chief: Israel’s destruction the blood debt of Hezbollah commander’s death

Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, addressed last month a commemoration held in Iran for slain Lebanese Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh (AKA Hajj Radwan). more...

22nd January 2018 – Al-Arabiya

Revelations uncover bitter truths about Hezbollah’s dirty money

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

The Trump Administration and Democrats in the American Congress can’t agree on much these days. We’ve got a government shutdown in Washington to prove it. But there is at least one area where both Democrats and the President have a meeting of the minds: combatting Hezbollah. more...

13th January 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

British Parliament to Debate Full Ban of Hezbollah as Terrorist Entity

Benjamin Weinthal

The British House of Commons is slated to debate on January 25 a ban of the entirety of Hezbollah because of the Lebanese group’s terrorist activities. more...

28th December 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Lebanese Foreign Minister Under Fire For Saying Israel Should Live in Security

Tony Badran

Lebanon’s foreign minister has come under fire from other members of the government for saying in an interview earlier this week that “we are not against Israel living in security,” Reuters reported Thursday. more...

29th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Hariri: Lebanon “Cannot Do Anything about” Hezbollah

Tony Badran

After returning to Lebanon following his resignation earlier this month, later rescinded, in Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that Hezbollah was a regional problem and that his nation “cannot do anything about it.” more...

29th November 2017 – Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

The Beirut Echo Chamber

Tony Badran

Donald Trump may have divided America, destroyed the mainstream of the Democratic Party and split the GOP, but he’s unifying the Middle East. Or at least Iran. According to The New York Times’ man in Tehran, Thomas Erdbrink, Trump has whipped Iranians of every class, ethnicity, and political tendency into a nationalist fervor. more...

28th November 2017 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - Jewish News Service

Hezbollah continues ‘absolute dominance’ of Lebanon amid domestic political crisis

Tony Badran

The Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, which makes up part of Lebanon’s government and has a strong military force that threatens neighboring Israel, is seemingly unaffected by the status of embattled Prime Minister Saad Hariri. more...

22nd November 2017 – Quoted by Bennett Seftel - The Cipher Brief

Saudi Arabia’s ‘Game of Thrones’ In Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

The sudden resignation of Saad Hariri as Lebanon’s prime minister during his trip to Riyadh earlier this month raised suspicions about whether Saudi Arabia facilitated Hariri’s departure as part of its broader strategy to counter Iran’s expanding influence across the Middle East. This event could foment instability inside Lebanon and could earmark the country as the next proxy battleground between Saudi Arabia and Iran. more...

17th November 2017 – Quoted by Elliott Abrams - The Weekly Standard

Riyadh Realpolitik

Tony Badran

What are the Saudis trying to do in Lebanon? They have clearly forced the resignation of Prime Minister Saad Hariri. Do they want to destabilize the country? Destroy its government? Is the new Saudi approach another example of the often-alleged incompetence and overreach of the crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman? Does it show, once again, that he is in over his head? more...

17th November 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Military Aid Fueling Hezbollah’s Next War Against Israel

Tony Badran

U.S. officials have become increasingly concerned that American military aid to the Lebanese army is arming the Iranian-backed terror group Hezbollah, which has been amassing a large cache of advanced arms on Israel's border, according to multiple current and former U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. more...

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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?

17th October 2013 - 6:30 PM

Hezbollah’s Reach Around the World

A conversation with Matthew Levitt and Reuel Marc Gerecht

Hezbollah—Lebanon's "Party of God"—is much more than a political party. It’s an Islamic Shia religious and social movement, Lebanon's largest militia, a close ally of Iran, and a terrorist organization. But Hezbollah’s reach is not limited to Lebanon; it extends far beyond that country’s borders with worldwide financial and logistical networks supporting its covert criminal and terrorist operations worldwide from the Middle East to Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. And what is the extent of Hezbollah's role in Iran's shadow war with Israel and the West, including plots targeting civilians around the world?