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4th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

World Pledges Over $10 Billion to Help Syrian Refugees as Peace Talks Stall

Tony Badran

International donors pledged over $10 billion to assist refugees fleeing from Syria’s civil war, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. more...

2nd February 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘The Russians are going to have a cow’: The US’ latest message to Putin ‘is a really big deal’

Tony Badran

The US will devote a substantial portion of its defense spending to building up its military presence in Eastern Europe in an effort to deter Russian aggression in the region, Obama administration officials told The New York Times. more...

2nd February 2016 – CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders have officially begun. This was announced by the U.N. special envoy after meeting with members from Syria’s main opposition group in Geneva on Monday. Tony Badran, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies lends insight into what this might mean for the talks going forward and if a resolution is in sight. more...

27th January 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia holds the ‘highest value card’ in Syria, but is nowhere near ready to play it

Boris Zilberman, Tony Badran

Two Western intelligence sources told the Financial Times last week that Russia sent an envoy to Syria late last year to ask Syrian President Bashar Assad to step down, raising questions about whether Moscow's support for the embattled leader has dwindled over the past four months. more...

26th January 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Syrian Opposition: Kerry Threatened to Cut Aid Unless We Agreed with Iran’s Terms for Talks

Tony Badran

Leading Syrian opposition figures have accused Secretary of State John Kerry of threatening to cut aid to forces fighting dictator Bashar al-Assad unless they agreed to attend peace talks on terms dictated by Assad’s backers, Iran and Russia. more...

21st January 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Obama administration is ‘trying to kick the can down the road’ in Syria

Tony Badran

The US and Russia want to begin negotiations over Syria's future next week in Geneva as originally planned, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in a press conference on Wednesday after meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry in Zurich. more...

18th January 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US’ prisoner swap with Iran shows that the landmark nuclear deal ‘wasn’t a nuclear deal at all’

Tony Badran

A prisoner swap between the US and Iran finalized over the weekend was in the works for more than a year, senior Obama administration officials said Saturday. more...

14th January 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Former Pentagon Official to ‘Post’: ‘Iran Humiliating US With No Consequences’

Tony Badran

Iran's capture and release of 10 US sailors demonstrated that “moderates” such as President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have no real weight, while the real power continues to be wielded by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his hardline allies, such as the Revolutionary Guard, several commentators said Wednesday. more...

14th January 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran comments on his recent op-ed in The Huffington Post on shifting Middle East alliances. more...

11th January 2016 – The Huffington Post

In Dangerous Gamble, the Obama Administration Is Abandoning Decades-Old Mideast Alliances

Tony Badran

In response to the crisis in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, following the latter's assault on the Saudi consulate and embassy in Iran, the Obama administration has taken to the media to unleash a furious rebuke. more...

7th January 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

This Was the Moment Obama Decided Not to Intervene in Syria

Tony Badran

US President Barack Obama decided to delay launchign airstrikes against the Syrian government in 2013 during a walk in the White House garden with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, according to an in-depth profile of McDonough from Politico Magine's Glenn Thrush. more...

5th January 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Provoke at Your Peril’: The Obama Administration is Sending a ‘Message’ to Saudi Arabia

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia cut off all diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday, after Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran amid a row over the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. more...

4th January 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand- Business Insider

Russia Has a ‘Plan B’ for Syria That Would Allow it to ‘Redefine the International Order’

Boris Zilberman, Tony Badran

Russia's pattern of airstrikes in Syria indicate that it is preparing a "plan B" should the regime fail to restore a central Syrian state and be forced to retreat to a fragment of government-held territory along the Mediterranean. more...

30th December 2015 – BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran comments on Syria and ISIS. more...

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

‘Sit and Shut Up’: Russia is Backing the Remaining Supporters of the Syrian Revolution Into a Corner

Tony Badran

The leader of a powerful Syrian opposition group that had signaled its willingness to participate in a negotiated political process to end the war was killed in an airstrike on Friday, various media outlets reported. more...

18th December 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Obama’s Former Defense Secretary Confirmed A Suspicion About The White House’s Approach To Syria

Tony Badran

Two years after the war in Syria had broken out, the Obama administration had still not formulated a coherent policy response to the crisis that has now claimed more than 200,000 lives. more...

18th December 2015 – Tablet Magazine

All in the Assad Family

Tony Badran

Everyone loves Christmas in New York City, and Ribal al-Assad, the first cousin of the genocidal Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, is no exception. more...

7th December 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia Appears to Have ‘Gone Ballistic’ in Syria — and It May Be Helping ISIS

Boris Zilberman, Tony Badran

Russia is showing no signs that it intends to forgive and forget Turkey's decision to down a Russian warplane two weeks ago. more...

7th December 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Declares Assad Must Stay Amid Mounting Evidence That He Is Working with ISIS

Tony Badran, Reuel Marc Gerecht

An advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said that the removal of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad was a “red line” that Iran would not cross, Reuters reported on Sunday. more...

4th December 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Special Treatment for Mideast Christians Is Un-American, and Dumb

Tony Badran

Jeb Bush says he’s not sorry that he thinks Middle East Christians warrant special attention and protection from America. He’s defending himself against President Barack Obama who says that the former governor of Florida is wrong to say Christians deserve preferential treatment since they are more threatened. It’s un-American, says Obama, to discriminate between Syrian refugees according to religion. more...