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Allies, Adversaries and Enemies: America's Increasingly Complex Alliances 

Edit by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Jonathan Schanzer
May 2014

This volume examines the growing problem of American allies that simultaneously act as Washington’s adversaries or even enemies. This phenomenon, which has markedly grown in recent decades, can be discerned in the U.S.'s bilateral relationships with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, all four of which are examined in extended case studies in this volume. Expert FDD contributors include Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Thomas Joscelyn, Emanuele Ottolenghi, David Andrew Weinberg, Tony Badran, David Barnett, Steven Miller, and Karen Kaya.

State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State 

By Jonathan Schanzer
October 2013

In September 2011, president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the United Nations General Assembly and dramatically announced his intention to achieve recognition of Palestinian statehood. The United States roundly opposed the move then, but two years later, Washington revived dreams for Palestinian statehood through bilateral diplomacy with Israel. But are the Palestinians prepared for the next step? In State of Failure, Middle East expert Jonathan Schanzer argues that the reasons behind Palestine’s inertia are far more complex than we realize.

When Will Iran Run Out of Money? 

By Mark Dubowitz and Rachel Ziemba, Roubini Global Economics
October 2013

Iranian nuclear physics continues to beat Western economic pressure.  Iran is less than a year from reaching critical nuclear capability, despite international sanctions designed to prevent this outcome. While its accessible FX reserves have fallen sharply, Iran has sufficient reserves, and “off-books” assets, to painfully muddle through for at least 12 months, if not longer. However, Iran’s domestic political timeline may be considerably shorter given the considerable pressure on Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to deliver on his commitment to lift sanctions and stabilize the economy as quickly as possible.  The Iranian government may fear that, without a short-term nuclear deal, further sanctions pressure could tip the economy into an unmanageable economic and political crisis before reaching undetectable nuclear breakout in mid-2014.

Iran’s Golden Loophole 

By Mark Dubowitz, Gary Clark, and Rachel Ziemba
May 2013

Iran's Golden Loophole is a research paper, co-authored by Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Gary Clark and Rachel Ziemba from Roubini Global Economics. The paper discusses how Iran is exploiting loopholes in U.S. sanctions laws to obtain gold to replenish its FX reserves. These foreign exchange reserves are Iran's principal hedge against a severe balance of payments crisis, and help Iran withstand international pressure over its nuclear program.

 

U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East 

Published by The Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy
Co-authored by David Albright (ISIS), Mark Dubowitz (FDD), Orde Kittrie (ASU), Leonard Spector (Monterey), Michael Yaffe (NDU)
14 January 2013

As part of The Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy, Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies co-authored a 154 page report, titled "U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East." The non-partisan Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy convened five not-for-attribution roundtables at which leading experts from the U.S. government, think tanks, and academia discussed how to more ef¬fectively address Middle East nonproliferation challenges and opportunities in light of paradigm-shifting regional developments, including the turmoil in Syria (with its massive chemical arsenal), the replacement of an Egyptian government which had rejected a nuclear option, the rise of Islamist parties in Egypt and elsewhere, and Iran’s advancing nuclear program. This report includes the Project co-chairs’ recommendations for U.S. Middle East non¬proliferation policy. Many of these recommendations are drawn from or inspired by the roundtable discussions. However, they are attributable only to the Project co-chairs, in their personal capacities.

 

The Tactical and Strategic Use of Small Arms by Terrorists 

By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Daniel Trombly
October 2012

Public discussions of terrorism tend to focus on dramatic tactics such as suicide bombings. Interest—particularly political interest—in more mundane tools, such as small arms, tends to be cyclical. Occasional crises, like the infamous November 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, throw into stark relief the fact that firearms can be used to carry out lethal acts of terrorism. Following such attacks, there is media attention, but it generally fades quickly.

 

Terror in the Peaceable Kingdom: Understanding and Addressing Violent Extremism in Canada 

Edit by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Senator Linda Frum
July 2012

Canada is part of a community of nations that has opposed violent Islamist movements, and terrorism more generally, since the 9/11 attacks. While al Qaeda has experienced considerable losses, particularly since the death of its leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011, the organization has also found success in such places as Yemen and North Africa. Moreover, several global trends—austerity, resource scarcity, and the technological empowerment of non-state actors—promise to make the problem of non-state violence a growing rather than declining problem over the next decade. Canada will not be immune.

 

Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and Social Media 

By Jonathan Schanzer and Steven Miller
May 2012

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies has released the first-ever study of what radical Saudi Wahhabists are preaching to their followers about the United States and non-Muslims on social media sites. For the new monograph titled “Facebook Fatwa,” authored by FDD vice president for research Jonathan Schanzer and FDD research associate Steve Miller, FDD applied military-grade software to cull Arabic and English language data from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, message boards, Wikis, and RSS feeds.

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The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

By Emanuele Ottolenghi
September 2011

The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enqelab-e Eslami) is more commonly known as Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), or the Pasadran. Sworn by an oath of loyalty to Iran's Supreme Leader, the IRGC is the regime's Praetorian Guard, the custodian of its nuclear program, and now a juggernaut in Iran's economy.

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Among the Truthers: A Journey Through America's Growing Conspiracist Underground

By Jonathan Kay
May 2011

From left-wing 9/11 conspiracy theorists to right-wing Obama-hating "birthers"—a sobering, eyewitness look at how America's marketplace of ideas is fracturing into a multitude of tiny, radicalized boutiques—each peddling its own brand of paranoia. Throughout most of our nation's history, the United States has been bound together by a shared worldview. But the 9/11 terrorist attacks opened a rift in the collective national psyche: Increasingly, Americans are abandoning reality and retreating to Internet-based fantasy worlds conjured into existence out of our own fears and prejudices.

 

Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror

By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
August 2011

In the decade since 9/11, the United States has grown weaker: It has been bogged down by costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It has spent billions of dollars on security to protect air travel and other transport, as well as the homeland more generally. Much of this money has been channeled into efforts that are inefficient by design and highly bureaucratic, a lack of coordination between and among the government and an array of contractors making it difficult to evaluate the return on the enormous investment that we have made in national security. Meanwhile, public morale has been sapped by measures ranging from color-coded terror alerts to full-body hand searches.

 

The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East

By Reuel Marc Gerecht
June 2011

The promise of democracy for Muslims offers something historically unparalleled. Where Islamist groups once dreamed of revolution, quietly developed paramilitary cells, and assassinated their secular opponents, mainstream Islamist groups today see elections as a means for society to maintain akhlaq; the mores that define good Muslims. The fundamentalist embrace of democratic politics as a vehicle for removing secular dictatorships in the Arab world is now the rule, not the exception, holding out the possibility that, for the first time since the early caliphs, an organic, reciprocal relationship will emerge between leaders and their communities.

 

Iran: The Looming Crisis 

By Emanuele Ottolenghi
November 2010

Since Iran's illicit nuclear program was first exposed to a stunned world in 2002, Tehran has defied the international community and continued to pursue its nuclear goals. What drives this seemingly apocalyptic quest? Are Iran's aims rational or not? And will the latest sanctions against Iran that were approved by the UN Security Council in June 2010 have any significant effect?

 

 

Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media

By Jonathan Schanzer and Mark Dubowitz
October 2010

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has released the first-ever study mining the Arabic-language Palestinian social media environment to determine Palestinian public sentiment and its potential impact on U.S. foreign policy. The report, entitled "Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media," used military-grade software to cull information from social networks.

 

 

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater: Militant Islam, Security & Stability 

By Clifford D. May and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
May 2010

What is the optimal strategy for the United States and its allies to pursue in Afghanistan? Observers across the political spectrum agree that military operations alone are not enough to secure Afghanistan against a powerful insurgency linked to global jihadism. There is increasing consensus as well that Pakistan - a refuge for important al-Qaeda figures, and also under attack by insurgents who identify themselves as Taliban - is deeply involved in this conflict.

 

 

Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West 

By Michael Ledeen
October 2009

From Accomplice to Evil: “The world is simmering in the familiar rhetoric and actions of movements and regimes—from Hezbollah and al Qaeda to the Iranian Khomeinists and the Saudi Wahhabis—who swear to destroy us and others like us, and we are repeating the errors of the recent past. Like their 20th-century predecessors, they openly proclaim their intentions, and carry them out whenever and wherever they can. Like our 20th-century predecessors, we rarely take them seriously or act accordingly.”

 

Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine 

By Dr. Jonathan Schanzer
November 2008

In June 2007 civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts in the region always focused on reconciling two opposing fronts: Israel and Palestine. Now, this careful exploration of Middle East history over the last two decades reveals that the Palestinians have long been a house divided.

 

 

From Energy Crisis to Energy Security 

By Clifford D. May and Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
September 2008

American dependence on oil sends hundreds of billions of dollars overseas every year, forces the U.S. to put its troops in harm's way, and undermines American diplomatic efforts. As the United States experiences rapidly increasing oil and commodities prices, coupled with sluggish economic growth, it is critical that American policymakers address this challenge in a thoughtful and systematic manner. From Energy Crisis to Energy Security provides a framework for doing so.

 

 

The Iranian Time Bomb 

By Dr. Michael Ledeen
September 2007

It is a mistake to believe that Iranian mullah leaders think like those of traditional nation states. They are religious zealots. They openly welcome the end of the world, which would usher in the millennium, under the sway of the long-vanished 12th Imam. They say they intend to precipitate the millennium by using atomic bombs on Israel. That is a chiliastic vision that embraces the murder of millions of us.

 

 

My Year Inside Radical Islam: A Memoir 

By Daveed Gartenstein-Ross
February 2007

My Year Inside Radical Islam is a memoir of first a spiritual and then a political seduction. Raised in liberal Ashland, Oregon, by parents who were Jewish by birth but dismissive of strict dogma, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross yearned for a religion that would suit all his ideals. At college in the late nineties he met a charismatic Muslim student who grounded his political activism with thoughtful religious conviction. Gartenstein-Ross reflects on his experience of converting to Islam-a process that began with a desire to connect with both a religious community and a spiritual practice, and eventually led him to sympathize with the most extreme interpretations of the faith, with the most radical political implications.

 

The War Against the Terror Masters 

By Dr. Michael Ledeen
September 2003

The War Against the Terror Masters is a must-read guide to the terrorist crisis. Michael A. Ledeen explains in startling detail how and why the United States was so unprepared for the September 11th catastrophe; the nature of the terror network we are fighting--including the state sponsors of that network; the role of radical Islam; and the enemy collaboration of some of our traditional Middle Eastern "allies";--and, most convincingly, what we must do to win the war.

 

 

Freedom Betrayed 

By Dr. Michael Ledeen
January 1996

This is the Age of the Second Democratic Revolution. Inspired by the values of the American Revolution, supported and advanced by American military power and a remarkable generation of democratic leaders, the revolution has swept the world. Antidemocratic regimes have fallen in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. Parliaments from the Italian Chamber of Deputies to the American Congress have been radically transformed. The cult of the state -- the belief that government is better suited than individuals or spontaneous, temporary organizations to solve mankind's basic problems -- came under global assault, and in a surprising number of countries the powers of once-oppressive central governments were greatly reduced.