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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...

18th January 2014 – Now Lebanon

US policy hostage to the hostage-takers

Tony Badran

During his visit to Lebanon on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif laid a wreath at the grave of Imad Mughniyeh, Hezbollah's notorious military commander. Mughniyeh was responsible for a host of attacks against American targets, including the 1983 bombings of the US embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut, as well as the kidnapping and murder of American hostages. The significance of Zarif’s action is that it affirmed continuity – of the Islamic revolutionary regime as well as of its regional policy and ambitio more...

15th January 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Foreign Minister Pays Respects to Hezbollah’s Terror Master

Tony Badran

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif laid a wreath on the grave of Imad Mughniyeh on Monday. Hezbollah's infamous military commander, Mughniyeh was... more...

9th January 2014 – NOW

The Open Secret

Tony Badran

Over the past few days, Iranian and Hezbollah-aligned media have dedicated much attention, and animus, to news of the death of Majed al-Majed, the... more...

4th January 2014 – NOW

White House Sees a Partner in Assad

Tony Badran

As 2013 drew to a close, the Wall Street Journal published a lengthy and damning chronicle of President Obama’s handling of Syria. And while 2013... more...

19th December 2013 – NOW

Hiding Behind the LAF

Tony Badran

Lebanon came close to instigating a conflict with Israel on Sunday when a member of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) shot and killed an Israeli sergeant... more...

12th December 2013 – NOW

A Taste of What’s to Come

Tony Badran

For all the speculation about who was responsible for the assassination of Hezbollah senior military commander Hassan al-Laqis last Tuesday, the likelihood... more...

5th December 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Who Took Out Hezbollah’s Hassan al-Laqqis?

Tony Badran

Minutes after Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah finished a lengthy televised appearance late Tuesday night, a team of unknown assailants assassinated... more...

4th December 2013 – NOW

Radical Rupture

Tony Badran

President Obama is overseeing a radical rupture with past American policy in the Middle East. Now that it has been confirmed that Washington has been... more...

21st November 2013 – NOW

An Explosive Proxy War

Tony Badran

It appears that the Iranian Embassy in Bir Hassan may have narrowly escaped even bigger devastation on Tuesday as the two suicide bombers failed to penetrate... more...

20th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iranian Embassy Bombing in Beirut: Many Questions Remain

Tony Badran

Two explosions targeted the Iranian Embassy in Beirut yesterday, killing at least 23 people, among them the Iranian cultural attaché, Hojatoleslam Ebrahim... more...

18th November 2013 – The Weekly Standard

The Secret History of Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago last month, Hezbollah blew up the barracks of the U.S Marines and French paratroopers stationed at the Beirut airport, killing 241 U.S. servicemen and 58 Frenchmen. more...

14th November 2013 – NOW

Obama Knows Best

Tony Badran

America’s allies are troubled. At the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that took place in Geneva last week, the US administration came close to giving... more...

8th November 2013 – NOW

Parting Ways

Tony Badran

During his trip to Saudi Arabia on Monday, US Secretary of State John Kerry sought to offer public reassurances to the Kingdom and minimize the perception... more...

19th October 2013 – NOW

Why Turkey is Firing on Jihadists in Syria

Tony Badran

On Tuesday, the Turkish military fired across the border with Syria onto positions of the jihadist group known as the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). more...

10th October 2013 – NOW

How Will Turkey Adapt?

Tony Badran

Since the White House's recent diplomatic opening to Iran, observers have closely scrutinized the reactions of allies including Israel and Saudi Arabia. more...

26th September 2013 – NOW

Obama Doctrine Leaves Allies in the Cold

Tony Badran

President Obama’s address at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday had little if anything to allay the growing concerns of major allies about... more...

21st September 2013 – NOW

Obama’s Credibility Gap

Tony Badran

In an interview on Sunday, President Barack Obama made the case that, despite his public zigzagging, he is pursuing the right policy in Syria. Far from... more...