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Analysis & Commentary - Tony Badran

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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...

18th April 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Protracted Syria War Not in US Interests

Tony Badran

Thirty years ago today, at Iran’s behest and supported by Hafez al-Assad’s regime, Hezbollah attacked the US embassy in Beirut, killing 63 people. The embassy bombing, which took place... more...

11th April 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Iran Uses Lebanese to Project Its Regional Power

Tony Badran

Last week, Saudi Arabia announced that the spy cell it had arrested in March, and which included a reportedly key Lebanese member, had “direct links” to Iranian intelligence. more...

8th April 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Challenges Ahead for Lebanon’s Next Prime Minister

Tony Badran

On March 22, the Hezbollah-dominated government of Lebanon collapsed after its Prime Minister, Najib Miqati, resigned. Following consultations with members of parliament, President Michel Suleiman tasked MP Tammam Salam with forming a new government. more...

30th March 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Return to Realism

Tony Badran

Last Friday, Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, made a call to his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, resolving the dispute between the two countries following the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident. more...

22nd March 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Israeli Leader Apologizes to Turkey for Fatal Ship Raid

Clifford D. May, Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

Apologizing to Turkey should be seen as a concession by Prime Minister Netanyahu to President Obama because escalating tensions between Turkey, a NATO member, and Israel, America’s most reliable... more...

21st March 2013 – NOW Lebanon

The End of Syria

Tony Badran

Last week marked the second year anniversary of the popular uprising in Syria. On its current trajectory, Syria is headed toward geographical fragmentation. As the security situation deteriorates and Washington... more...

7th March 2013 – NOW Lebanon

A Nifty Conceit: the EU, Hezbollah, and Lebanon

Tony Badran

The Hezbollah bus bombing in Bulgaria as well as their foiled operation in Cyprus have put Europe in an uncomfortable position, as pressure increases on the EU to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. more...

28th February 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Iran’s Lebanon Arm

Tony Badran

The recent death of Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) senior officer Hassan Shateri, alias Hessam Khoshnevis, has cast the spotlight on the direct role the IRGC... more...

15th February 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Iran and Israel Fight, Lebanon Loses

Tony Badran

It’s been more than two weeks since the Israeli airstrike in Syria against the arms convoy headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Bits of information, coupled with ominous warnings, are coming out from Jerusalem... more...

7th February 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Hollow Praise for the LAF

Tony Badran

On Monday, the US ambassador to Lebanon, Maura Connelly, called the Commander of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and expressed condolences for the officers killed or injured in last week’s raid... more...

31st January 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Israel’s Free Hand

Tony Badran

Yesterday, reports emerged of an Israeli airstrike against a truck convoy suspected of carrying “game changing” weapons systems from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon. While previous reports had mainly... more...

24th January 2013 – NOW Lebanon

Whose Side is America On?

Tony Badran

In President Barack Obama’s inaugural address marking the start of his second term in office, he dedicated little space to foreign policy. While the president made no specific mention of Iran, he did... more...