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

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Canada's Response to the Violence, Religious Persecution and Dislocation Caused by the Islamic State - 2/5/2015
Jonathan Schanzer - The Palestinian Authority's International Criminal Court Gambit: A True Partner for Peace? - 2/4/2015
Mark Dubowitz - Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions - 1/27/2015
John Hannah - Iran Nuclear Negotiations After The Second Extension - 1/27/2015
Mark Dubowitz - Examining What a Nuclear Iran Deal Means for Global Security  - 11/20/2014
Thomas Joscelyn - Islamist Foreign Fighters Returning Home and The Threat to Europe - 9/19/2014
Jonathan Schanzer - Hamas's Benefactors: A Network of Terror - 9/9/2014
James Woolsey - U.S. National Missile Defense and the Growing Threat: Is a “Limited Defense” Enough? - 7/23/2014
Sheryl Saperia - Comments on the Revocation of Citizenship for Treason, Armed Conflict, and Terrorism under Bill C-24 - 6/11/2014
David Weinberg - The Gulf Cooperation Council: Deepening Rifts and Emerging Challenges - 5/22/2014
Thomas Joscelyn - Al Qaeda In Afghanistan And Pakistan: An Enduring Threat - 5/20/2014
Ali Alfoneh - The Islamic Republic of Iran Under President Hassan Rouhani - 5/13/2014
Mark Dubowitz - Why the West Needs to Open Its Eyes to Iran’s Intentions - 5/13/2014
Jonathan Schanzer - The Palestinian Authority, Israel and the Peace Process: What’s Next? - 5/8/2014
Sheryl Saperia - Revocation of Citizenship for Terrorism, Treason and Armed Conflict with Canada - 5/5/2014
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Successes and Failures of the U.S. and NATO Intervention in Libya - 5/1/2014
Bill Roggio - Assessing Terrorism in the Caucasus and the Threat to the Homeland - 4/3/2014
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East - 3/6/2014
Thomas Joscelyn - Al Qaeda’s Expansion in Egypt Implications for U.S. Homeland Security - 2/11/2014
Mark Dubowitz - Negotiations on Iran’s Nuclear Program - 2/4/2014
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - The Arab Spring and Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence - 2/4/2014
Thomas Joscelyn - Political, Economic, and Security Situation in Africa - 11/21/2013
Mark Dubowitz - Examining Nuclear Negotiations: Iran After Rouhani’s First 100 Days - 11/13/2013
Thomas Joscelyn - Crisis in Syria: Implications for Homeland Security - 9/10/2013
Mark Dubowitz - The Iran-Syria Nexus and its Implications for the Region - 7/31/2013
Thomas Joscelyn - Global al Qaeda: Affiliates, Objectives, and Future Challenges - 7/18/2013
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Salafi Jihadism in the North African Regional Context - 7/10/2013
Tony Badran - Washington's Syria Policy - 6/5/2013
Thomas Joscelyn Assessing the Threat to the Homeland from al Qaeda Operations in Iran and Syria - 5/22/2013
James Woolsey - Cyber Threats and Security Solutions - 5/21/2013
James Woolsey - Breaking the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nexus - 4/11/2013
Emanuele Ottolenghi - Iranian Influence in the South Caucasus and the Surrounding Region - 12/5/2012
Jonathan Schanzer - Corruption Within The Palestinian Political Establishment - 7/10/2012
Jonathan Schanzer - Terrorist Financing Since 9/11 - 5/18/2012
Mark Dubowitz - Iran Sanctions: Strategy, Implementation and Enforcement - 5/17/2012
Mark DubowitzSheryl Saperia - Canadian Foreign Policy Regarding Iran and Its Implications - 2/8/2012 - Canadian Senate
Emanuele Ottolenghi - Common Threats, Different Approaches - 11/23/2011 - European Parliament
Mark Dubowitz - Progress of the Obama Administration’s Policy Toward Iran - 11/15/2011
Mark Dubowitz - U.S. Policy in Syria - 11/9/2011
Reuel Marc Gerecht - Iranian Terror Operations on American Soil - 10/26/2011
Tony Badran - Axis of Abuse: U.S. Human Rights Policy toward Iran and Syria - 9/22/2011
Jonathan Schanzer - Reexamining U.S. Aid to the Palestinian Authority - 9/14/2011
Thomas Joscelyn Al Shabaab: Recruitment within the Muslim American Community - 7/27/2011
Francis J. "Bing" West - The Way Ahead in Afghanistan - 7/27/2011
Thomas Joscelyn - Unrest in the Middle East: Ramifications for U.S. Homeland Security - 4/6/2011
Orde Kittrie - Financial Hardball: Corralling Terrorists and Proliferators - 4/6/2011
Claudia Rosett - The United Nations: Urgent Problems that Need Congressional Action - 1/25/2011
Mark Dubowitz - Implementation of Iran Sanctions - 7/26/2010
Jonathan Schanzer - Aid To Yemen: Throwing Good Money After Bad - 2/3/2010

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.