Analysis & Commentary


18th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Kerry’s Remarks on Assad Widen Gap Between U.S. and Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

“Collapse of U.S. policy in Syria as Assad continues massacres,” thundered the headline of the government-aligned Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah on Tuesday, in an apparent response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks two days prior contemplating possible negotiations with Syrian...

20th February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama Blew it on Syria, By His Own Admission (Sort Of)

Clifford D. May

The Wall Street Journal reports: “President Barack Obama suggested Thursday that U.S. and international efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy the Islamic State militant group may only be achieved after a political transition in Syria.”

19th February 2015 - Cited by Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Turkey ‘Created a Monster and Doesn’t Know How to Deal With It’

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey's notoriously lax border policies during the Syrian war are starting to catch up with Ankara and its allies who are trying to counter ISIS, Yaroslav Trofimov of The Wall Street Journal reports.

11th December 2014 - Now Lebanon

Exploding the Israel-Assad Myth

Tony Badran

To this day, some even remain convinced that Israel’s supposed preference for the Assad regime stands behind Washington’s de facto pro-Assad policy

4th December 2014 - Now Media

Word in the White House: “De-Escalation”

Tony Badran

On Monday, news came out in three different reports that the US, in consultation with Turkey, was considering the establishment of a safe zone on the Turkish-Syrian border.

8th October 2014 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Fatal Flaw in Obama ISIS Strategy?

Tony Badran

As the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria makes gains on the battlefield despite two weeks of punishing airstrikes, potential U.S. allies are frustrated by the weak spot in President Obama's Syria strategy — how to handle Syrian President Bashar Assad.

18th September 2014 - Now Lebanon

Bigotry Behind The Cassock

Tony Badran

Last week, an indignant audience including prelates and leaders of the Eastern Christian churches, booed Senator Ted Cruz off the stage while he was speaking in Washington at the gala dinner for a conference held by the In Defense of Christians (IDC) organization.

26th August 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Clifford D. May

FDD President, Cliff May, discussing how to take on the ISIS crisis.

21st August 2014 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - FoxNews.com

Enemy of My Enemy: Are airstrikes against ISIS putting US on same side as Assad?

Tony Badran

A year after his "red line" was crossed in the deadly chemical attack against Syrian rebels and civilians -- including hundreds of children -- allegedly by Syrian government forces, President Obama finds himself in the awkward position of being on the same side as the Assad regime in the...

13th August 2014 - The Washington Times

America Needs an ‘Overarching Strategy’

Clifford D. May

Here’s the dilemma: How do we stop the Islamic State without strengthening the Islamic Republic?

4th June 2014 - CCTV

CCTV America

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow, Tony Badran, discusses elections in Syria.

15th May 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Assad Regime-rebel Agreement in Homs a Sign of Things to Come?

Tony Badran

If Syrian forces continue to win battles against the rebels, it may force them to make more cease-fire deals and withdrawals in other cities.

7th May 2014 - CCTV

News Update

Tony Badran

With Syrian rebels withdrawing from Homs, does this mean Bashar al-Assad is close to claiming victory? FDD's Tony Badran discusses.

17th March 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Fall of Yabroud and What’s Next for Syria’s Civil War

Tony Badran

On Sunday, a day after the three-year anniversary of the start of the Syrian uprising, Assad regime forces and Hezbollah units reclaimed most parts of the rebel-held...

7th March 2014 - Quoted by Middle East Online

Syria War May Grind on for Decade

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as Iran and Russia prop up President Bashar al-Assad's regime and jihadist groups flood the battlefield, experts...

7th March 2014 - Quoted by AFP

Syria War May Last 10 More Years: Experts

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The brutal war in Syria could grind on for a decade as Iran and Russia prop up President Bashar al-Assad's regime and jihadist groups flood the battlefield...

17th February 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Combat Fatigue May Finally Spell the End of Syrian Civil War

Benjamin Weinthal

The Geneva 2 peace talks between the Assad regime and a non-Islamist rebel group collapsed on Saturday. For the losers of President Bashar Assad’s blood...

6th February 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

The US failure to remove Assad from power or find a peaceful resolution to the civil war in Syria.

4th February 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Syria Holding Onto Chemical Weapons?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Syria will miss a second deadline to turn over its chemical weapons components for destruction Wednesday amid a British report that Bashar Assad's regime...

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...

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