February 9, 2015 | Press Release

FDD Research Fellow to Testify Before Congress Wednesday on the Iranian Threat

WASHINGTON- Tony Badran, research fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Wednesday on “State Sponsor of Terror: The Global Threat of Iran.”

Badran will be joined on the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade panel by Frederick W. Kagan, Christopher DeMuth Chair and Director of the Critical Threats Project at the American Enterprise Institute; Ilan I. Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council; and Daniel L. Byman, professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.

Badran’s research focuses on Iran, Lebanon, Syria, and Hezbollah. His research includes U.S. policy towards Iran, Lebanon, and Syria, as well as Syrian foreign policy, with a focus on its regional relations and its ties to militant non-state actors and terrorist groups.  Born and raised in Lebanon, Badran also specializes in Lebanese affairs, including the military history of the Lebanese civil war, and has written extensively on Hezbollah. He has testified on the region before the House of Representatives and the European Parliament and speaks frequently at leading policy research institutes.

He has recently authored an article in Business Insider about Iran’s attempts to destabilize Syria and Iran. His writings appear regularly in a range of publications including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and The Weekly Standard.

What: House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade

When: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 at 2 PM

Where: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2172

Who: Tony Badran, Research Fellow, Foundation for Defense of Democracies

A webcast of the hearing can be viewed online through the House Committee on Foreign Affairs website. Badran’s prepared remarks will be available at www.defenddemocracy.org once the hearing commences.

About the Foundation for Defense of Democracies:
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) is a non-profit, non-partisan 501(c)3 policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security. Founded in 2001, FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism. Visit our website at www.defenddemocracy.org and connect with us on TwitterFacebook and YouTube.

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