United States Committee for a Free Lebanon

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The United States Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL) was established in 1997 by New York financier Ziad Abdelnour, among others, as a lobbying organization in favor of United States intervention to end Syrian intervention in Lebanese politics.


Listed in the USCFL's website as the organization's "Advisory Board"

Ziad K. Abdelnour, President & CEO, Blackhawk Partners, Inc.; Founder and President, United States Committee for a Free Lebanon (USCFL), Member of the Board of Governors, Middle East Forum; Former President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America.

Fouad Abou Nader, President Liberty Front

Morris Amitay, Influential Washington lobbyist and longtime legislative assistant in Congress. Former Head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and former Vice Chairman of the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs (JINSA)

Rabih Aridi. Treasurer and Board Member of Amnesty International, USA

Lt Colonel Rudy Atallah, East Africa Policy Director and Africa Counter-Terrorism Director in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Foreign Area officer for Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Chris Battle, Partner at Adfero Group and manager of the firm’s Homeland Security practice working with both public and private sector clients seeking to make an impact with key decision makers in Washington.

Whitney Belker, Staunch Democratic Party Activist and Connector

Ilan Berman, Editor, Journal of International Security Affairs

Dave Bossie, President Citizens United

Chuck Brooks, Formerly White House appointee to serve as the first Director of Legislative Affairs for The Science and Technology Directorate at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Currently Advisory Board Member to Blackhawk Partners, Inc.

Thomas Patrick Carroll, Writer/speaker on espionage, intelligence, foreign affairs and the Middle East.

John Castle, Chairman and CEO, Castle Harlan ; a multibillion dollar private equity fund based in NYC.

Dory Chamoun, Lebanese politician who leads the National Liberal Party. Prominent member of the Qornet Shehwan Gathering, a coalition of politicians, academics, and businessmen who oppose the pro-Syrian March 8 Alliance and Syrian influence in Lebanon

Fouad Chartouni, President of Kensico Properties, a real-estate holding company in New York.

Wael Chehab, Founder and CEO, Cedar Capital Management, Inc.; a New York based hedge fund. Current President of the Arab Bankers Association of North America.

Angelo Codevilla, Formerly a staff member of the Select Committee on Intelligence. Currently professor of international relations at Boston University and Vice Chairman of the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors.

Paula Dobriansky, Formerly Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and Associate director at the U.S Information Agency.

Thomas Dodd, Chief Development Officer, Leadership Institute

Rachel Ehrenfeld, Director of the New York-based American Center for Democracy and the Center for the Study of Corruption & the Rule of Law.

Akram Elias, Founder and President of Capital Communications Group; a Washington D.C.-based firm that provides services in public diplomacy, cross-cultural communication, and international business networking.

Joseph Farah, Editor and CEO, World Net Daily.com

Amir Farman-Farma, Investment veteran of over 15 years at Connexion Capital; a London based alternative investment advisory firm.

Brigitte Gabriel, President, American Congress for Truth

Frank Gaffney, Formerly Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy in the Reagan Administration; Founder and Director of the Center for Security Policy.

Gary Gambill, Editor of Mideast Monitor; Former Editor in Chief of the Middle East Intelligence Bulletin

Amine Gemayel, Former President of Lebanon 1982-1988

Farid Ghadry, Co-founder and President of the Reform Party of Syria

Olivier Guitta, Adjunct Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Counterterrorism and Foreign Affairs consultant in Washington D.C.

Lee Habeeb, Producer of the Laura Ingraham show.

Joseph Hakim, Trustee and Senior Vice President of the International Christian Union

Boutros Harb, Lebanese leading Parliament Member

Wadih Jordan, President of NearEast Pharma and Trustee of the board of directors of Beirut based Lebanese American University.

Walid Jumblatt, Current leader of the Progressive Socialist Party "PSP" of Lebanon. The most prominent leader of the Druze community. Currently one of the most outspoken anti-Syrian politicians in Lebanon allied with the March 14 Alliance, which includes the Future Movement, the Lebanese Forces and the Qornet Chehwan Gathering

Martin Kramer, Scholar of the Middle East at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy and Harvard University's Olin Institute.

Nassib Lahoud, Lebanese leading Parliament Member

Michael Ledeen, Scholar, Foundation for Defense of Democracies , Contributing editor to National Review.

Matthew Levitt, Director of the Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and professorial lecturer in International Relations and Strategic Studies at Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Previously deputy assistant secretary for intelligence and analysis at the U.S. Department of the Treasury (2005-07) and previously worked in anti-terrorism at the FBI.

Daniel Lubetzky, Founder of PeaceWorks Holdings LLC, a business corporation pursuing both peace and profit, and the OneVoice Movement; an international mainstream grassroot movement aiming to amplify the voice of the silent majority of moderates who wish for peace and prosperity.

Gal Luft, Executive Director, Institute for the Analysis of Global Security

Habib Malik, Founding member, Foundation for Human and Humanitarian Rights, an independent, non-governmental organization in Lebanon.

Chibli Mallat, Human rights lawyer and former candidate for the presidency in Lebanon.

Rod Martin, Founder and Chairman, TheVanguard.Org

Clifford May, President Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute based in Washington, D.C

Alijandra Mogilner, Middle East Security Expert

Fadi Nahas, Founding and Board member, ACT FOR LEBANON

Nagy Najjar, President, Lebanese Foundation for Peace

Ziad Nassar, Co-Founder, We Win Inc., Lebanese American activist.

Daniel Nassif, News director of Al Hurra, the U.S.-funded Arabic satellite television news network created in 2004, and director of its sister network, Radio Sawa, launched in 2002.

James Phillips, Heritage Foundation Research Fellow with more than two decades experience examining foreign policy and security issues.

Daniel Pipes, Founder and director, Middle East Forum and Campus Watch. Author of 18 books on the Middle East. Work having been published by many newspapers across North America, including the Washington Post, New York Times, and Wall Street Journal. Served as Advisor to Rudolph Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign.

Danielle Pletka, Vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Joseph Puder; Founder, Executive Director, Interfaith Taskforce for America

Robert Rabil, Director of graduate studies and Assistant professor of Middle East studies at the Florida Atlantic University's Department of Political Science. Author of Embattled Neighbors: Syria, Israel, and the Elusive Peace (Lynne Rienner, 2003) along with Syria, the United States, and the War on Terror in the Middle East (Praeger, 2006).

Claudia Rosett, Journalist-in-residence at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute based in Washington, D.C.

Michael Rubin, Resident scholar in foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute.

Robert Satloff, Executive director, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Jonathan Schanzer, Director of policy at the Jewish Policy Center. Former counterterrorism analyst at the U.S. Department of Treasury and research fellow at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

David Schenker, Senior Fellow in Arab Politics, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Harvey Sicherman, President of the Foreign Policy Research Institute and former aide to three U.S. Secretaries of State.

Khalil Sweidy, Director of Business Services, Masonic Homes of CA

Stanley Weiss, Founding Chairman, Business Executives for National Security

Paul Michael Wihbey, President of GWEST (Global Water & Energy Strategy Team)

James Woolsey, Foreign policy specialist and former Director of Central Intelligence and head of the CIA (February 5, 1993 - January 10, 1995).

David Wurmser, Co-Founder of the Middle East Media Research Institute

Mey Wurmser, Director, The Center for Middle East Policy, Hudson Institute

Glenn Yago, Director, Capital Market Studies, Milken Institute

Contact Information

United States Committee for a Free Lebanon
445 Park Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10022
Web: http://www.freelebanon.org/
Email: info AT freelebanon.org