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30th January 2013 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Al-Qaida’s Increasing Presence in Lebanon

Tony Badran

Al-Qaida’s presence in Lebanon is growing, partly because of the spillover from the civil war next door in Syria. There are reports that Jabhat al-Nusra, a.k.a. the al-Nusra Front, which the US last month... more...

24th January 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Whose Side is America On?

Tony Badran

In President Barack Obama’s inaugural address marking the start of his second term in office, he dedicated little space to foreign policy. While the president made no specific mention of Iran, he did... more...

17th January 2013 – NOW Lebanon

The Kurds’ Sensitive Juncture

Tony Badran

Last week’s killing in Paris of three female Kurdish activists with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) has spurred much speculation about the party responsible for the assassinations and the purpose... more...

10th January 2013 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

The Obama administration's strategy in Syria. more...

10th January 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Obama’s Flexible Red Lines

Tony Badran

In response to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s latest address, US officials and spokespersons have dismissively described the embattled dictator as someone “detached from reality” and “delusional,”... more...

4th January 2013 – Quoted by Matthew Weaver, The Guardian

Obama Administration’s ‘Failings’ on Syria

Tony Badran

It is hard to dispute claims that Syria will be seen as one of the biggest foreign policy failures of the Obama administration, according to analyst Tony Badran. Speaking to the Guardian, Badran... more...

31st December 2012 – NOW Lebanon

Diplomatic Theater

Tony Badran

If you’ve been following Syria news over the past week, you’d be forgiven for thinking that feverish, Moscow-centered diplomatic activity was on the cusp of producing an agreement for a political... more...

20th December 2012 – NOW Lebanon

A Historic Settlement?

Tony Badran

On Monday, the Hezbollah-aligned al-Akhbar published an interview with Syria’s Vice President Farouq al-Sharaa entitled “Decisive military victory is an illusion. The solution is a historic settlement.” more...

19th December 2012 – Quoted by Michael Lipin, VOA

Syrian VP’s Remarks Suggest Regime in Dire Straits

Tony Badran

Syria's Vice President Farouk al-Sharaa is drawing attention for becoming the first senior Syrian official to publicly acknowledge that his government cannot win its battle against a 21-month rebellion. more...

18th December 2012 – Voice of Russia

News Update

Tony Badran

Recent developments in Syria. more...

14th December 2012 – NOW Lebanon

Assad’s Chemical Card

Tony Badran

Last week, president Obama issued another warning to Syria’s embattled dictator against making the “tragic mistake” of using chemical weapons (CW). There remain a number of real scenarios in which... more...

4th December 2012 – Voice of Russia

News Update

Tony Badran

The ongoing civil war in Syria. more...

25th November 2012 – Quoted by Benjamin Weinthal, The Jerusalem Post

EU Ignores Most of Hezbollah Terror in Ban Decision

Mark Dubowitz, Tony Badran

The 27-member European Union has largely circled the wagons around the investigation into Hezbollah’s role in the July suicide bombing of an Israeli tour bus in Burgas and against including longstanding... more...

22nd November 2012 – NOW Lebanon

Hamas’ Escalation Calculation

Tony Badran

Hamas’ decision to escalate rocket attacks on Israel leading up to the latest conflagration was deliberate. One question remains largely unanswered: What was Hamas’ calculation behind this escalation? more...

21st November 2012 – The Morningside Post

Intervention in Syria

Tony Badran

In the run up to the elections, America’s Middle East allies were convinced that President Obama was too consumed with domestic politics to pursue a more muscular approach to Syria. more...

19th November 2012 – Quoted by Oren Dorell and Sarah Lynch, USA Today

Israel-Hamas Fight More Risky in a Changed Mideast

Tony Badran

When Israel launched retaliatory air and ground attacks against Palestinians in 2008, Egypt's president at the time showed no sympathy for the Palestinian cause. He closed the border with the Gaza Strip... more...

19th November 2012 – The Jerusalem Post

Ground to a Halt

Tony Badran

It’s been twenty months since the Syrian people rose up against the regime of Bashar Assad. During this time, large swathes of land in northwestern Syria have fallen out of government control. more...

16th November 2012 – The Huffington Post

HuffPost Live

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses renewed fighting between Hamas and Israel. more...

15th November 2012 – NOW Lebanon

Sitting Out the Syria Game

Tony Badran

In the run-up to the US presidential election, Washington’s regional allies were convinced that the Obama administration’s lack of a Syria policy was due to the US president’s preoccupation with securing... more...

1st November 2012 – NOW Lebanon

Obama Runs From Iran

Tony Badran

The Iranian challenge to US interests and allies is the most pressing strategic issue for Washington in the Middle East. With the US election less than a week away, now is as good a time as any to look... more...