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“The intelligence community notes what FDD does and deeply appreciates it. Your scholarship shows connections between a whole bunch of nefarious actors out there – proliferators, sanctions-busters, and money-launderers. What it is you’re able to do with open sources complements and reinforces what goes on inside the intelligence community. And that’s a dialogue that I think enriches both us in the intel community and those at FDD.”
– General Michael Hayden, Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency

“[FDD] is an organization that goes beyond decency and honor and actually engages in practicality, which in Washington D.C. is sometimes a rare quantity indeed.”– Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, Former Special Advisor for Transition in Syria and Special Coordinator for Regional Affairs in the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace


“I think success [in terms of a final nuclear deal with Iran] would have been doing exactly what the Foundation for Defense of Democracies originally suggested we do, and that was give the ayatollah a choice between the collapse of his economy or compromise on his nuclear weapons program and giving up that program.”
– Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA)


“You thanked me for meeting with the FDD officials to inform them. You got that part wrong. I meet with FDD officials to get informed.”  
– Ambassador Ron Dermer, Israel's Ambassador to the United States  




“I'm an avid consumer of FDD's work. And I've spent many hours talking to Mark and his colleagues, about Iran in particular. It's always a respectful and thought-provoking debate, and oftentimes in Washington, when people use words like “respectful and thought- provoking,” they mean they didn't really like the conversation very much. But in this case, I relish them and I look forward to them, because it makes me sharper and it makes our policy better, I believe.”  
– Jake Sullivan, Deputy Assistant to President Obama and National Security                                                                     Adviser to Vice President Joe Biden

“In my view, FDD has global reach and global impact and we in Canada are one of the many beneficiaries around the globe. I don’t know any organization in the United States or anywhere else doing the kind of path-breaking work that has been done by FDD on the Iranian four-fold threat. Whether it’s Iran or whether it’s the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or whether it’s Putin’s Russia, or whether it’s the danger of radical Islam, I look to FDD and I speak on behalf of all of those in whatever country, and that’s why I say it has global impact.”  
– Hon. Irwin Cotler, Member of Canada’s Parliament

 “The Foundation is helping lead the war of ideas in the battle between freedom and totalitarianism.”
– Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)



“FDD is respected by the policy community for the soundness of its policy recommendations and its work.”
– Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ)



“The Foundation is making a difference across the world.”
– Former President George W. Bush




“FDD has played a vital role in educating members of Congress and their staff.”
– Former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-FL)




I have such an appreciation for the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, for their work, for their advocacy, for their insights. What this foundation does is extraordinarily important to the national interest and security of the United States. And for those of you who are supportive of the Foundation, I want you to know that.”
– Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ)


“[FDD] is a wonderful organization protecting the country from the bad guys.”
– Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia




“It is the efforts of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that is dedicated to these issues day in and day out – your work every day makes a real difference in these battles that we wage.”
– Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)



"“FDD is vital to the education of the Congress, parts of the executive branch and the American people.  Truly, FDD has emerged as the authoritative surrogate government, a source we can count on to know what to do and how to do it.”
– Robert “Bud” McFarlane, former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Ronald Reagan


“FDD does fantastic work, in particular in understanding that you can’t defeat a strategic adversary without addressing its ideology.”
– Frank J. Cilluffo, Associate Vice President, George Washington University; Director of the George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute


“FDD has been a valued resource to many agencies throughout the U.S. government in helping to address some of the nation’s most critical foreign policy issues in a complicated world.”
– Puneet Talwar, Senior Director for the Gulf States, Iran and Iraq at the National Security Council


“FDD has one of the most comprehensive programs for the analysis and comprehension of the rapidly evolving events and issues in the Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater.”
– Oliver “Buck” Revell, former Associate Deputy Director of the FBI



“FDD … understands that democracy is a value that needs to be protected, advanced, defended, and that there are policy formulations that can embrace the defense of democracy.”
– Amb. Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s Former Ambassador to the United States



"In particular, FDD has been one the most committed and creative voices in Washington regarding the Iran nuclear issue and specifically Iran sanctions. Your ideas inspired important components of the sanctions bill I authored and passed last Congress when I was Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and your ideas continue to enrich my thinking about sanctions as we move forward. My recent conversation in my office with Mark Dubowitz was one of the most enlightening I’ve had regarding Iran sanctions and oil markets."
– Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA)

“I commend FDD’s initiative and look forward to working together with the FDD team.”
– Charles Krauthammer, Pulitzer Prize-winning syndicated columnist



“I have long admired the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. I have long felt it’s very important the issues that are raised here, and I have long felt that when we talk about foreign policy, it has to be done on a bipartisan basis and we have to work very closely together across the aisle.”
– Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY)


"FDD is the most reliable source of intelligence on who is trading with Iran and who is violating US, EU and international sanctions."
– Brig. General Ephraim Sneh, Former Deputy Defense Minister, Government of Israel



As Iran continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons, FDD has emerged as one of the most innovative thinks tanks in Washington when it comes to developing effective policies to stop the Islamic Republic before it's too late. The kind of time-sensitive research, analysis and expertise that FDD provides the Congress is simply invaluable.
– Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)


FDD is the special forces of the think tank community
– Bret Stephens, Deputy Editor, Editorial Page, The Wall Street Journal




“FDD is an excellent source for communicating what’s said in public to the intelligence community and the executive branch, and a great instrument for informing Congress.”
– R. James Woolsey, former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency



On efforts to end Iran's access to SWIFT, the global financial messaging network: “...the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, which has done most of the spadework on the issue."
– From “Swift Sanctions on Iran,” a Wall Street Journal editorial