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After returning to Lebanon following his resignation earlier this month, later rescinded, in Saudi Arabia, Prime Minister Saad Hariri said that Hezbollah was a regional problem and that his nation “cannot do anything about it.”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

9th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Irony is Dead: Rouhani Blasts Saudi Arabia for Interfering in Lebanon’s Internal Politics

Tony Badran

Speaking about Saturday’s resignation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani blasted Saudi Arabia for what he called its “unprecedented” meddling in Lebanese politics, charging that it had forced Hariri to step down, Iran’s semi-official PressTV news reported Wednesday. more...

8th November 2017 – Quoted by Gareth Browne and Victoria Yanl - The Daily Star

US diplomats, security sector blindsided by Hariri resignation

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. security and diplomatic circles were taken by surprise by Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s shock resignation and are now watching the situation closely, analysts said Tuesday. more...

8th November 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Hariri’s Resignation Shows that “Lebanon is an Iranian Satrapy Run by Hezbollah”

Tony Badran

Saad Hariri’s resignation as prime minister of Lebanon and his denunciation of Iran and its client, Hezbollah, for coming “to control the seams of the state and has the final and decisive say in the affairs of Lebanon and the Lebanese,” was an acknowledgment that “Lebanon is an Iranian satrapy run by Hezbollah,” an expert on Lebanon wrote Wednesday in Tablet magazine. more...

7th November 2017 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

What the political turmoil in Saudi Arabia and Lebanon means for Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this? more...

7th November 2017 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Lebanese PM’s Resignation Magnifies Congressional Scrutiny of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister over the weekend is heightening congressional scrutiny of Hezbollah's wide-ranging influence in the country, with a top lawmaker calling on the Trump administration to reassess military assistance. more...

7th November 2017 – Quoted by Adam Abrams - Jewish News Service

Shake-up in Lebanon underscores Hezbollah’s ‘domination’ of Israel’s neighbor

Tony Badran

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri’s sudden resignation last weekend underscores the rising power of the Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group in Israel’s northern neighbor, political leaders and Mideast experts said. more...

7th November 2017 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Lebanese PM’s Resignation Magnifies Congressional Scrutiny of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The resignation of Lebanon’s prime minister over the weekend is heightening congressional scrutiny of Hezbollah's wide-ranging influence in the country, with a top lawmaker calling on the Trump administration to reassess military assistance. more...

5th November 2017 – Quoted by Alex Rowell - The Daily Beast

One of World’s Richest Men Arrested as 32-Year-Old Saudi Crown Prince Tightens Grip

Tony Badran

Dozens of prominent Saudi princes, ministers, and businessmen, including the flamboyant billionaire investor Prince al-Waleed bin Talal have been arrested on corruption charges. more...

1st November 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Hizballah Tightens Its Grip on Lebanon as U.S. Policy Remains Confused

Tony Badran

As part of its recently announced strategy for confronting Iran, the White House declared its commitment to “supporting legitimate state institutions in Lebanon” and to exposing the “nefarious behavior” of the Iranian proxy Hizballah in order to help bring about its loss of “political legitimacy” and its popular support. more...

4th October 2017 – Quoted by Bryant Harris - Al-Monitor

Congress takes aim at Lebanese politicians with Hezbollah bill Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com

Congress is moving ahead with a Hezbollah sanctions bill that targets the Iran-backed Shiite militia’s allies in government, sending shock waves across Lebanon’s political elite. more...

15th September 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

The U.S. Can Best Restrain Hizballah by Pressuring Beirut

Tony Badran

While Hizballah might now be too involved in Syria to desire conflict with Israel, writes Tony Badran, it is only a matter of time before the organization decides to turn its attention southward. more...

24th August 2017 – Quoted by Lizzie Porter - CNN

Tyre: The Mediterranean’s best-kept secret?

Tony Badran

Tyre has a long history -- and in 2017 it breaks stereotypes that paint Lebanon as a chaotic nation constantly on the brink of conflict. more...

21st August 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Hezbollah Fights Alongside LAF Demonstrating its Continuing Control over Lebanon

Tony Badran

Hezbollah and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) are fighting side by side against ISIS in northeastern Lebanon, further demonstrating the control the Iranian-backed terror group exerts over its host country. 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?