Analysis & Commentary


17th June 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

The Kerr We Lost

Tony Badran

Immediately after the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship Tuesday night with a 105-97 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers, one of the commentators asked Golden State coach Steve Kerr who he was thinking about. “Lute Olson,” said Kerr, referring to the legendary University of...

12th June 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Arms Sales to Lebanon Empowering Hezbollah, Iran

Tony Badran

Newly announced U.S. arms sales to Lebanon coincide with an Obama administration order to cut funding for an anti-Hezbollah Lebanese group, a move foreign policy insiders describe as empowering the Iranian backers of the terrorist group.

10th June 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

With Eyes on Iran Talks, U.S. Halts Funding of Lebanese Moderates Opposing Hezbollah

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has cut funding to a program “intended [to] foster an independent moderate Shiite voice” in Lebanon, leading critics to fault the move as an effort to appease Iran, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

4th June 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Nasrallah Tries Once More to Mobilize Base to Support Assad

Tony Badran

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah gave yet another speech on Wednesday in an effort to motivate Shi’ite supporters in Lebanon to help keep Syrian President Bashar Assad in power.

31st May 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Will Europe be Pushed to Fully Ban Hezbollah?

Benjamin Weinthal

The arrest of an alleged Hezbollah operative planning an attack on Israelis in Cyprus shines a new spotlight on the Lebanese militia’s activities in Europe.

29th May 2015 - Now Lebanon

Obama Will Even Defend Anti-Semitism to Spin His Iran Deal

Tony Badran

t’s not every day that you hear President Barack Obama explain away rank bigotry. But in a recent interview, he did just that. “The fact that you are anti-Semitic,” Obama said of the Islamic Republic of Iran, “doesn’t preclude you from being rational.”

31st March 2015 - JNS.org News Service

Amid Nuclear Talks, Iran Forges Ahead with Middle East Power Play

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the world awaits the results of nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, the Middle East continue to struggle with various conflicts across the region.

6th March 2015 - Business Insider

Iran is Exporting its Islamic Revolution into Syria, Iraq and Yemen Just as it Did in Lebanon

Tony Badran

At a rally last month on the occasion of the 36th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, Revolutionary Guard’s Quds Force commander Qassem Soleimani gloated: “We are witnessing the export of the Islamic Revolution throughout the region. From Bahrain and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and...

11th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Needs To Avoid Alliances With Iranian Proxies In Middle East, FDD Scholar Tells Congress

Tony Badran

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that Iran’s interest in becoming a Middle Easter power extends beyond the goal of nuclear weapons, and the United States must resist forming de facto alliances...

29th January 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on escalating tensions between Israel and Hezbollah.

29th January 2015 - The Blaze

Glenn Beck Program

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer talks with Buck Sexton about the perceptions and goals of Hezbollah in the Middle East.

28th January 2015 - Sun News Network

Straight Talk

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal shares his reaction to news of a strike on the Israel-Lebanon border by Hezbollah.

18th December 2014 - Business Insider

An Iranian Proxy Still Holds All The Cards In Lebanon

Tony Badran

During his recent visit to Beirut, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew Spence reportedly told Lebanese officials that “the war on terror has created a new reality, which has allowed the state to expand its influence at the expense of Hezbollah’s influence.”

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Hugh Naylor - The Washington Post

Rivals Tehran, Riyadh Pledge Billions to Lebanon’s Army

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia and Iran have offered apparently competing aid packages to Lebanon’s small and modestly armed military as it confronts rising attacks at home by militants with ties to extremists fighting in Syria’s civil war.

27th October 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen, Jeremy Bender, Amanda Macias - Business Insider

The Most Powerful Militaries In The Middle East

Patrick Megahan

The balance of power in the Middle East is in disarray: A three-year civil war has torn apart Syria and opened up a vacuum for the rise of the Islamic State group; Sunni powers led by Saudi Arabia continue to face off against Shi'ite powers led by Iran; other countries are reeling from...

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Lebanese Soldier Defects to al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has announced that a Lebanese soldier, Mohammed Antar, has defected to the jihadist group. Al Nusrah has released a photo and video of Antar, which are part of the organization's ongoing propaganda campaign against Iran, Hezbollah, and the Lebanese government.

9th October 2014 - Now Lebanon

Sooner or later, Hezbollah Will Push Lebanon Over the Edge

Tony Badran

Hezbollah is aggressively putting out the message that it is willing to heat things up on the border.

7th October 2014 - Quoted by Elise Knutsen - The Daily Star

Nusra Fights to Establish Supply Lines

Tony Badran

The Nusra Front was seeking to drain Hezbollah’s resources and secure supply lines in its brazen attack on Hezbollah outposts over the weekend, experts say.

6th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Releases Video, Photos from Battle Against Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front reportedly launched attacks on a number of Hezbollah outposts yesterday. The group has released a video and pictures from one of its raids.

6th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on fighting between Al Nusrah and Hezbollah in Lebanon.

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