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18th March 2016 – Quoted by Teresa Welsh - US News and World Report

Why Lebanon Could Be the Next Middle East Hot Spot

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia has made a gamble in its regional proxy war with longtime foe Iran by retreating from Lebanon, an arena where the two have long competed for influence. more...

17th March 2016 – Quoted by Kyle Orton - The New Arab

What Kurdish federalism means for Syria

Tony Badran

The PKK has very deep and old connections with Russia and the Assad regime. more...

4th March 2016 – Quoted by Mosaic

What Is the U.S. Doing in Syria?

Tony Badran

According to Tony Badran, Washington has been pressuring the rebel forces fighting Bashar al-Assad to give in, and pressuring the Sunni states to reduce their backing of these forces. more...

2nd March 2016 – Tablet Magazine

What the United States Is Really Doing in Syria

Tony Badran

Whether they support or oppose it, most observers converge on viewing President Barack Obama’s Syria policy as generally marked by passive detachment. After all, the president ignored the recommendations of many of his cabinet members and close advisers to arm Syrian rebels in 2012, or to enforce his “red line” against the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons to massacre civilians. more...

29th February 2016 – CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, discusses the Syrian cease-fire. more...

25th February 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia says there is no ‘plan B’ for Syria - but its airstrikes tell a different story

Tony Badran

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters on Thursday that there is no "plan B" on Syria's ceasefire agreement and will not be one, according to Reuters. more...

25th February 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudis pulling money from Lebanon is a sign the country is lost to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

The moves by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies on Tuesday to warn their citizens against traveling to Lebanon and the Saudi decision last week to suspend $3 billion in aid to the Lebanese military is a sign the country has fallen squarely into Iran’s orbit. more...

25th February 2016 – Quoted by Michael Weiss - The Daily Beast

Does Obama Want to Carve Up Syria?

Tony Badran

A stray comment by John Kerry this week—laying out a last-ditch, now-don’t-hold-me-to-this prescription for ending a modern and globally transformative holocaust—acknowledges an unfolding reality. more...

24th February 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Saudis are ‘drawing lines in the sand’ — and showing they are serious about confronting Iran

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia warned its citizens against traveling to Lebanon on Tuesday after one of its biggest allies, the United Arab Emirates, banned travel to Lebanon altogether. more...

23rd February 2016 – Quoted Michael Rubin - Commentary

Are Syria’s Kurds Really Pro-Assad?

Tony Badran

Among supporters of the Syrian opposition, there is increasing cynicism (if not occasional disdain) toward the People’s Protection Units, better known by their Kurdish acronym the YPG. more...

18th February 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon and Yaakov Lappin - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why did Nasrallah focus on Israel when Hezbollah is busy in Syria?

Tony Badran

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah checked off all the boxes for harsh anti-Israel rhetoric during his speech, but his aim was to rally Shi’ite support behind him and even try to improve his group’s drab image in the Sunni Arab world. more...

10th February 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

A new UN report ‘shatters’ one of the biggest myths about Syria and Assad

Tony Badran

A UN report detailing the "massive and systematized" violence perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar Assad against his own people "shatters the notion that the regime is somehow a lesser evil" than ISIS. more...

8th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Strategic Expert: Assad, Backed by Russia & Iran, Making Gains Due to U.S. Betrayal of Rebels

Tony Badran

2016 will be a year when Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad “will lock in significant political and military gains” due to the U.S.’s betrayal of anti-Assad rebels, Emile Hokayem, a Senior Fellow for Middle East Security at the International Institute for Strategic Studies, wrote Friday in Foreign Policy. more...

5th February 2016 – Mosaic

American Policy Has Changed the Balance of Power in the Middle East- For the Worse

Tony Badran

By pursuing rapprochement with Iran and simultaneously undermining its traditional alliances, including with Israel, the United States has created a new order in the Middle East. more...

5th February 2016 – The Tower

Expert: White House’s Foreign Policy is Legitimizing Iranian Influence in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The Obama administration’s Middle East policy effectively serves as “legitimization of Iranian spheres of influence throughout the region, especially in Iraq and Syria,” Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in an analysis for Tablet on Thursday. more...

4th February 2016 – Tablet Magazine

America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The administration of President Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to insist that the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal was a war with Iran, a prospect that has now presumably been kicked further down the road. Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with Iran right now. more...

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...