Congress

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies provides timely research and analysis on a range of national security issues to Members of Congress and their staff.  Consistent with our organization’s values and commitments, FDD believes these issues transcend partisanship and require those working in and with government to work across the political aisle when crafting meaningful policy and legislation.

FDD Resources for Congress

FDD offers assistance and information to Members of Congress and their staff.

Recent Testimony

James WoolseyCyber Threats and Security Solutions - 5/21/2013
James WoolseyBreaking the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nexus - 4/11/2013
Mark DubowitzNegotiations on Iran’s Nuclear Program - 2/4/2014
Mark DubowitzExamining Nuclear Negotiations: Iran After Rouhani’s First 100 Days - 11/13/2013
Mark DubowitzThe Iran-Syria Nexus and its Implications for the Region - 7/31/2013
Mark DubowitzIran Sanctions: Strategy, Implementation and Enforcement - 5/17/2012
Mark Dubowitz, Sheryl SaperiaCanadian Foreign Policy Regarding Iran and Its Implications - 2/8/2012 - Canadian Senate
Mark Dubowitz - Progress of the Obama Administration’s Policy Toward Iran - 11/15/2011
Mark DubowitzU.S. Policy in Syria - 11/9/2011
Mark Dubowitz - Implementation of Iran Sanctions - 7/26/2010
Jonathan SchanzerCorruption Within The Palestinian Political Establishment - 7/10/2012
Jonathan SchanzerTerrorist Financing Since 9/11 - 5/18/2012
Jonathan Schanzer - Reexamining U.S. Aid to the Palestinian Authority - 9/14/2011
Jonathan Schanzer - Yemen on the Brink: Implications for U.S. Policy - 2/3/2010
Reuel Marc GerechtIranian Terror Operations on American Soil - 10/26/2011
Daveed Gartenstein-RossThe Arab Spring and Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence - 2/4/2014
Daveed Gartenstein-RossSalafi Jihadism in the North African Regional Context - 7/10/2013
Emanuele OttolenghiIranian Influence in the South Caucasus and the Surrounding Region - 12/5/2012
Emanuele Ottolenghi - Common Threats, Different Approaches - 11/23/2011 - European Parliament
Sebastian Gorka - The Evolution of the Terrorist Threat Since 9/11 - 6/22/2011
Claudia Rosett - The United Nations: Urgent Problems that Need Congressional Action - 1/25/2011
Orde Kittrie - Financial Hardball: Corralling Terrorists and Proliferators - 4/6/2011
Thomas JoscelynPolitical, Economic, and Security Situation in Africa - 11/21/2013
Thomas JoscelynCrisis in Syria: Implications for Homeland Security - 9/10/2013
Thomas JoscelynGlobal al Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges - 7/18/2013
Thomas JoscelynAssessing the Threat to the Homeland from al Qaeda Operations in Iran and Syria - 5/22/2013
Thomas Joscelyn - Unrest in the Middle East: Ramifications for U.S. Homeland Security - 4/6/2011
Thomas Joscelyn - Al Shabaab: Recruitment within the Muslim American Community - 7/27/2011
Tony Badran - Washington's Syria Policy - 6/5/2013
Tony Badran - Axis of Abuse: U.S. Human Rights Policy toward Iran and Syria - 9/22/2011
Bill RoggioAssessing Terrorism in the Caucasus and the Threat to the Homeland - 4/3/2014
Francis J. "Bing" West - The Way Ahead in Afghanistan - 7/27/2011

Canadian Policy

FDD maintains an office in Ottawa, Ontario which focuses singularly on Canadian national security and foreign policy. Click here to view testimony FDD scholars have given before the Canadian Parliament.

Critical Issue Series

FDD’s “Critical Issues” series is aimed at providing key background and analysis on policy matters that will be of concern to the 112th Congress and to others in the policy arena.  The series supports more thorough in-person presentations available by FDD scholars. These presentations are available on a range of national security subjects that are listed on the menu below.  Consistent with our organization’s values and commitments, FDD believes these issues transcend partisanship and require those working in and with government to work across the political aisle when crafting meaningful policy and legislation. We hope the material is helpful to you and welcome further exploration of these issues together.


FDD’s Iran Energy Project

The Iran Energy Project provides research in support of energy sanctions against Iran’s gasoline, natural gas, crude oil and oil sectors and analyzes the prominent role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran’s energy industry, as part of a comprehensive strategy to pressure the Iranian regime to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons, support for terrorism, and brutal oppression of its own people. Click here to visit FDD's Iran Energy Project.

FDD's Iran Human Rights Project

FDD’s Iran Human Rights Project is a multi-tiered program is designed to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its human rights violations by exposing is abusers and facilitators and giving voice to its victims. Click here to visit FDD's Iran Human Rights Project.