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12th May 2014 – Cited by Hassan Hassan and Michael Weiss, The American Interest

Saudi Arabia Recalibrates

Tony Badran

Significant changes in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy over the past six months have been precipitated by the Gulf giant’s troubled relations with two very different countries... more...

8th May 2014 – NOW Media

No Need for Compromise

Tony Badran

On Wednesday, Lebanon's parliament once again failed to achieve the required quorum to hold the session to elect a new president. As the country now faces the... more...

7th May 2014 – CCTV

News Update

Tony Badran

With Syrian rebels withdrawing from Homs, does this mean Bashar al-Assad is close to claiming victory? FDD's Tony Badran discusses. more...

1st May 2014 – NOW Media

Politics Trumps Peace Process

Tony Badran

In a move that surprised many in Washington, last Wednesday, Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement and... more...

24th April 2014 – NOW Media

Obama has Had a Strategy All Along

Tony Badran

Last week, Frederic Hof, one of the Obama administration's former top Syria hands, asked whether the administration had a conscious strategy in Syria. Hof, who... more...

23rd April 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Syria Announces Presidential Elections for June

Tony Badran

Monday the Syrian regime announced that presidential elections will be held June 3. The State Department dismissed the news. “The fact that you would even think.. more...

13th April 2014 – Asharq Al Awsat

Do You Envision the Emergence of “Common Front” Led By Washington to Face the Jihadi Groups?

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كرة نشوء جبهة مشتركة أميركية - إيرانية - إسرائيلية، مهما كان طابعها، ضد الجماعات السنية الجهادية، لا تمثل طرحا واقعيا. هذه النظريات لا تعكس فهما دقيقا لمقاربة إسرائيل للتهديدات المتعدّدة التي تواجهها على حدودها الشمالية والجنوبيةف. more...

10th April 2014 – NOW Media

Containing the Security Threat

Tony Badran

In an interview this week, Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah offered a confident reading of the situation in Syria and of his party’s involvement there. more...

5th April 2014 – NOW Media

Diplomatic Theater

Tony Badran

On Monday, following his meeting with the US Secretary of State in Paris, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov caught the attention... more...

27th March 2014 – NOW Media

The Sum of Its Parts

Tony Badran

After a period of absence and rumors that he’d been killed, the controversial Salafist figure Ahmad al-Assir issued a new video message in which he attacked the Lebanese Armed... more...

20th March 2014 – NOW Media

The Ghosts of Lockerbie

Tony Badran

Last week, Al Jazeera aired a documentary on the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland, in December 1988. Although the bombing has been... more...

17th March 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Fall of Yabroud and What’s Next for Syria’s Civil War

Tony Badran

On Sunday, a day after the three-year anniversary of the start of the Syrian uprising, Assad regime forces and Hezbollah units reclaimed most parts of the rebel-held... more...

17th March 2014 – Quoted by Sean Savage, JNS

Three Years Into Syrian Civil War, Neighboring Israel Faces Familiar and Emerging Threats

Tony Badran

March 15 marked the third anniversary of the beginning of unrest that led to the ongoing Syrian civil war. As the conflict drags on into its fourth year with no end in sight... more...

16th March 2014 – NOW Media

Shifting Strategies

Tony Badran

President Obama will head to Saudi Arabia in a few days on a highly anticipated visit. There’s been much discussion about what Obama will say to the Saudis. Deputy... more...

13th March 2014 – CBN News

NewsWatch

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FDD's Tony Badran discusses the humanitarian crisis in Syria and the country's future. more...

27th February 2014 – NOW

The Latest Iraqi-Syrian Rivalry

Tony Badran

On Monday, Abu Muhammad al-Jawlani, the leader of the Syrian jihadist group Jabhat al-Nusra, issued an ultimatum to the other main jihadist group in Syria, the... more...

21st February 2014 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Al-Qaida Unlikely to Force Hezbollah Out of Syria

Tony Badran

Could the continued onslaught by al-Qaida-linked jihadists force Hezbollah to withdraw its forces from the Syrian war? Probably not. Such a withdrawal would seemingly... more...

20th February 2014 – NOW Media

Personnel is Policy

Tony Badran

On Tuesday, the White House appointed Robert Malley, a former Middle East hand in the Clinton administration, as a senior director at the National Security Council. more...

6th February 2014 – NOW

Adjusting After Geneva

Tony Badran

Now that the opening round of the Geneva conference for Syria has concluded in spectacular failure, the Obama administration appears to be pursuing a twofold... more...

31st January 2014 – NOW

Formalizing the Status Quo

Tony Badran

The talks at the Geneva conference for Syria have gone nowhere. This is hardly surprising, as the regime does not even recognize the stated goal of the conference... more...