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Hezbollah Calls the Shots in Iran’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran
Research Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies
Amir Toumaj
Research Analyst, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies

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The Author is Tony Badran

Tony Badran is a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, 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 and Syria. His writings have appeared in publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The Weekly Standard, and he is a regular... Read More

The Coauthor is Amir Toumaj

Amir Toumaj is a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies specializing in Iranian affairs. His research focuses on the nexus between Iranian economic and security policy-making, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, domestic politics, nuclear non-proliferation, and Tehran’s policies across the Middle East. Born and raised in Tehran, Amir received a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois and an MA in International Affairs with concentrations in... Read More

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