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Tony Badran – Lebanese Expert at Foundation for Defense of Democracies
About this webinar: Lebanon which was once called “the Paris of the Middle East” has been suffering from decade upon decade of corruption, mismanagement and hyperinflation. Even before the explosion of August 4th, which rocked the entire city of Beirut, and left over 165 people dead, approximately 5,000 wounded and 300,000 homeless, there had been demonstrations on the streets, because of the cost of bread and milk.
More and more evidence have come out that Hezbollah was incontrol of the warehouse on the port of Beirut where approximately 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate had been stored. What is next for Lebanon? How does one get aid directly to the people and circumvent the suffocating clutch of Hezbollah on Lebanon’s infrastructure? Here to answer these questions and more, is Tony Badran.
Tony Badran is a research fellow at FDD, where he focuses on Lebanon, Hezbollah, Syria, and the geopolitics of the Levant. Born and raised in Lebanon, Tony has testified to the House of Representatives on several occasions regarding U.S. policy toward Iran, Syria, and Lebanon. His research currently focuses on the relationship between Iran’s Hezbollah model and regional states, as well as the history of and future scenarios for Israel-Hezbollah wars. His writings have appeared in publications including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, The New York Post, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The Weekly Standard. He is a columnist and Levant analyst for Tablet magazine.