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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...

12th September 2013 – NOW

Obama Soft on Syria, Strengthening Iran

Tony Badran

The Obama administration has maintained that its response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons also reflects on the US posture toward Iran. more...

22nd August 2013 – NOW

Hezbollah Holds Lebanon’s Sunnis Hostage

Tony Badran

It didn’t take long after last week’s car bomb in Al-Roueiss for Hezbollah to lay out its plan of attack. The group immediately announced a retaliatory... more...

8th August 2013 – NOW

Accomplices to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

In the past two months, the European Union designated Hezbollah’s “military wing” as a terrorist entity, and the Gulf Arab statesannounced their intention... more...

5th August 2013 – The Atlantic

Iran’s ‘Moderate’ New President Still Supports Assad

Mark Dubowitz, Tony Badran

In Iran and abroad, the election of President Hassan Rouhani has created an atmosphere of optimism not seen since Mohammad Khatami's presidency, which... more...

25th July 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Western Debate Over Hezbollah Obscures its True Nature

Tony Badran

Shortly after the European Union’s decision to blacklist Hezbollah’s so-called “military wing” on Tuesday, Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmermans... more...

18th July 2013 – NOW

The Battle for Aleppo Never Began

Tony Badran

With the Obama administration’s Syria policy still a mystery, and as the world became preoccupied with Egypt, Syria quietly fell from the headlines following... more...

11th July 2013 – NOW

Overstating Egypt’s Impact

Tony Badran

In the days following Egypt’s military coup, some have argued that the removal of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi has region-wide... more...

9th July 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Paying A Price For Entering the Syrian Civil War?

Tony Badran

A Nissan SUV packed with 35 Kgs of explosives blew up today in the Hezbollah-controlled Bir al-Abed neighborhood in Beirut's southern suburbs... more...

4th July 2013 – NOW

Hezbollah and the Army of 12,000

Tony Badran

As Hezbollah’s military involvement in Syria intensified over the past few months, media reports, official statements, and expert analysis has put forward wildly... more...

27th June 2013 – NOW

Hezbollah Using LAF to Further Its Own Ends

Tony Badran

In Sidon earlier this week, followers of Salafi leader Ahmad al-Assir challenged the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), compelling the Army to put down the Assir movement... more...

20th June 2013 – NOW

Tactical Shift?

Tony Badran

In his first public remarks since deciding to strengthen the Syrian opposition, President Barack Obama dismissed the prevailing notion that this move constitutes a policy shift. more...

13th June 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Hashem Salman: A Moment of Clarity

Tony Badran

On Sunday, a small group of demonstrators gathered outside the Iranian embassy in Beirut to protest Iran’s role in the war against the Syrian people. Hezbollah thugs deployed... more...

31st May 2013 – Politix

The Growing Role of Hezbollah in the Syrian Civil War

Tony Badran

The joint offensive of Hezbollah and Assad regime forces on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside in western Syria has been long in the making. Assad's forces, limited in manpower... more...

23rd May 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Hezbollah Slips in Qusayr

Tony Badran

It’s been five days since Hezbollah and Assad regime forces launched their joint offensive on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside. Hezbollah and regime media... more...

19th May 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Collision Course

Tony Badran

President Obama is on a collision course with his allies on Syria. As Turkey, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, France, and Britain call for more aggressive steps to topple Bashar al-Assad... more...

9th May 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Israel’s Strategic Clarity in Syria

Tony Badran

It was perhaps fitting that the multiple Israeli strikes in Damascus last week followed Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah’s address from Tehran. Nasrallah had warned last Tuesday... more...

26th April 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Drone to Israel: Calculated Adventurism

Tony Badran

On Thursday, Israeli fighter jets shot down a drone off of Haifa’s coastline. The drone, according to a statement from the Israeli military, was identified as it flew north to south along... more...

25th April 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Assad Reading the Signs

Tony Badran

On Monday, the pro-Assad regime Lebanese newspaper As-Safir reported that Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad hosted a large delegation of loyalist Lebanese parties in Damascus. more...