Nonresident Senior Fellow, Middle East Peace and Security Initiative
TopicsHezbollah, Middle East Security, Terrorism
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July 02, 2019On January 28, 2015, a colleague and I were driving north in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley to report on the latest developments involving the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (ISIS), which was then occupying a desolate mountain range straddling the…
January 10, 2019US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on January 10 repudiated former US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policies while seeking to reassure allies of the United States’ commitment to the region. Ironically, allies have been rattled of late by US…
May 21, 2018Though Iran has thus far remained in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the US decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal could be the first domino to fall, setting off a chain of escalatory events throughout…
May 10, 2018
May 07, 2018Read the Publication (PDF) Over the past year, many have questioned the extent to which the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) are an arm of the Lebanese state or beholden to Hezbollah. Pointing to the LAF’s complicated relationship with Hezbollah, congressional…
Blanford covers the politics and security affairs of Lebanon and Syria. He is an acknowledged expert on Lebanese Hezbollah, particularly the organization's evolving military activities which have remained a focus of his work for two decades.
Blanford is the Beirut correspondent of The Christian Science Monitor and a defense and security consultant for IHS/Jane's. In addition, he writes regularly for The Times (London), The Daily Star (Beirut), and Al-Jazeera America. His work has also appeared in the New York Times, The Boston Globe, USA Today, and The National (Abu Dhabi).
Based in Lebanon since 1994, he has also reported from Iraq, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, and Morocco. He regularly participates in seminars and conferences and has briefed government agencies and militaries on issues related to the Levant. He has also participated in Track II discussions connected to the Middle East peace process.
Blanford is the author of "Warriors of God: Inside Hezbollah's Thirty-Year Struggle Against Israel" (Random House, 2011); and "Killing Mr Lebanon: The Assassination of Rafik Hariri and its Impact on the Middle East" (IB Tauris, 2006). He wrote the Lebanon chapter in "The Islamists Are Coming: Who They Really Are," ed. Robin Wright (Woodrow Wilson Center, 2012); and the introductory essay to "The Voice of Hizbullah: The Speeches of Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah" (Verso, 2007).