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20th February 2017 – FDD Press

Islamic State 2021

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Islamic State 2021

The Islamic State (referred to in this report as ISIL) has seen its prospects in North and West Africa grow increasingly dim since early 2015. ISIL has experienced significant losses in North Africa in the past year, especially in Libya, which was once ISIL’s most valuable territory outside of Syria and Iraq, and was home to the group’s unofficial African capital. more...

27th February 2017 – The Weekly Standard

The Face-Off

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump has promised a foreign policy of muscular retrenchment, in which a better-resourced U.S. military intimidates our enemies without serving as a global cop. More than any president since Richard Nixon, our new commander in chief sees virtue in brutal authoritarians, especially if they are fighting radical Islam. more...

17th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Financial Rebranding Efforts and the FATF Plenary

Toby Dershowitz

Iran’s Financial Rebranding Efforts and the FATF Plenary

The Plenary and Working Group of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – a global body for combatting money laundering and terror and proliferation finance – will meet from February 18 to 24 in Paris. While Iran is not on the agenda, it could figure prominently in discussions at the gathering. more...

16th February 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Standing With Israel on the Golan Heights

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

Standing With Israel on the Golan Heights

Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved his primary objective of resetting ties with the U.S. after eight years of tensions. True, the Israeli prime minister and Donald Trump still need to bridge the gap on issues such as Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy and West Bank settlements. more...

15th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Meet Mahmoud al-Aloul, Abbas’ New Deputy

Grant Rumley

Meet Mahmoud al-Aloul, Abbas’ New Deputy

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas announced the surprise appointment of Mahmoud al-Aloul as his deputy in the Fatah party Wednesday night. This is the first time in Fatah’s history that the party has appointed a deputy. The move and the man are both seen as controversial. more...

15th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korea Debuts New Solid-Fuel Missile

Anthony Ruggiero

North Korea Debuts New Solid-Fuel Missile

North Korea on Sunday launched a new ballistic missile, the Pukguksong-2. The launch represents not just a significant advancement for Pyongyang’s missile program, but the first foreign policy challenge for the Trump administration. more...

14th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Terror Financiers “Operating Openly” in Qatar and Kuwait

David Andrew Weinberg

Terror Financiers “Operating Openly” in Qatar and Kuwait

A White House readout following President Trump’s phone conversation Thursday with the emir of Qatar said the two leaders discussed stopping terror finance throughout the region. Washington has good reason to raise the issue: Just last week, the Obama administration’s Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel L. Glaser revealed that designated terrorist financiers continue to operate openly in Qatar and its Gulf neighbor Kuwait. more...

12th February 2017 – New York Post

The careful way to go after Muslim Brotherhood radicals

Jonathan Schanzer

The careful way to go after Muslim Brotherhood radicals

The Trump Administration is mulling an order designed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. The best approach would be a piecemeal one: Some Brotherhood branches belong on that list, some don’t — and making the distinction will help President Trump more effectively fight the war on terror. more...

12th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Will North Korea’s Missile Launch a New U.S. Policy?

Anthony Ruggiero

Will North Korea’s Missile Launch a New U.S. Policy?

North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), probably the Musudan (Hwasong-10), from western North Korea on Sunday morning (North Korea time). It is no coincidence that the provocation came during a working dinner in Florida between President Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. more...

10th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan Builds a Parallel Budget

Aykan Erdemir

Erdogan Builds a Parallel Budget

Over the weekend, the Turkish government issued state-of-emergency decrees to transfer its holdings in the country’s major publicly-owned companies to a new sovereign wealth fund created last summer. These holdings include some of Turkey’s most valuable public assets, such as the country’s two top public lenders and flag carrier airline. The move follows the government’s earlier handover of the national lottery and betting rights to the fund. All are part of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s transformation of the sovereign fund into a parallel budget – yet another step in his attempt to consolidate his centralized, one-man rule. more...