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Events and Appearances - Clifford D. May

May 2017

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Affiliates: New U.S. Administration Considers New Policies

23rd May 2017 - 8:00 AM

FDD hosted a conference with the Hudson Institute and The George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security featuring keynote discussion with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense (2006-2011).

December 2016

Obama’s Gamble vs. Ike’s Gamble: American Influence in the Middle East

14th December 2016 - 9:15 AM

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a breakfast conversation on Wednesday, December 14, from 9:00am to 10:30am to discuss President Obama's Iran policy with the background of Michael Doran’s new book, Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East.

September 2014

Pakistan: Protests and Policy

19th September 2014 - 11:45 AM

Since the founding of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 1947, the state has been dominated by its army. Locked in a rivalry with India, the army has initiated three wars over the disputed territory of Kashmir. Today nuclear-armed, the Pakistani army continues to prosecute dangerous policies though violent non-state actors. Meanwhile, Pakistan is mired in a domestic political crisis, with protestors calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Threats of violence are raising the chances of yet another military intervention to control the affairs of the state.

August 2014

Polling the Iranian Street: A Look Inside the Prospects for Reform in Iran

26th August 2014 - 11:45 AM

The IMF reports that Iran is experiencing a modest economic recovery. While the Iranian regime has used the breathing space to build greater resiliency, the overall standard of living for the Iranian people is not improving. At the same time, the tempo of arrests and executions has increased, freedom of the press has been further curtailed, Green Movement leaders Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi remain in isolation, and public protests over Iranian involvement in Syria and Iraq have increased.

What does President Rouhani’s failure to improve economic conditions and human rights for average Iranians say about his political will and Iran’s capacity for meaningful reform? Is there still a significant domestic movement for real reform? What do these and other factors indicate for the strength and stability of the Iranian regime? How do these factors impact P5+1 negotiations and future U.S. policy towards Iran?

May 2014

FDD’s Washington Forum 2014

1st May 2014 - 8:00 AM

The theme for this year's Washington Forum was "The Middle East in Transition: Allies, Adversaries and Enemies." With Washington attempting to minimize its exposure to conflict, America's foreign policy in the Middle East is in flux. Our ties with longstanding allies, including Israel and the Gulf States, are strained. Our ties with self-declared enemies, Iran in particular, are in transition. Is a new approach evolving? If so, is the region becoming more stable or volatile? More broadly, do the old distinctions between allies, adversaries and enemies still hold?


March 2014

Clifford May Joins CPAC Ukraine Panel

7th March 2014 - 10:00 PM

Former Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky talked about the events leading up to the current crisis with Russia intervention in Ukraine and the occupation of Crimea.

December 2013

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC


November 2013

State of Failure?

7th November 2013 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Jonathan Schanzer, Jim Prince and Ghaith Al-Omari

With mismanagement, incompetence and nepotism continuing to plague the Palestinian Authority, what would a future Palestinian state look like? Echoing the words of Israel's first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, Schanzer argues that governance problems need to be fought as if there is no peace process, and the peace process pursued as if there were no governance problems. What role can, and should, the U.S. play at this critical juncture?

September 2013

Russia on the Edge

25th September 2013 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Ilan Berman, Leon Aron and Clifford May

Russia is going through a major transformation. What are the consequences in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and the West?

Crossing the Red Line: The Crisis in Syria and the US Response

3rd September 2013 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with John Hannah, Tony Badran, and Cliff May

Strong evidence that the regime of Bashar al-Assad used chemicals weapons against civilians – thereby crossing what President Obama has called a “red line” – has led to reports that the U.S. could hit Syrian targets as early as next Thursday.  What should be the objective of any response? Can the United States and its allies prevent further humanitarian catastrophe? Is that their responsibility and at what cost? What will the American response mean for other regional actors—Lebanon, Israel, Iran and Turkey among them?

August 2013

Al Qaeda and its Affiliates: On Life Support or an Imminent Threat?

20th August 2013 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Eli Lake, Thomas Joscelyn and Cliff May

Twelve years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and more than two years after Osama bin Laden was killed, how great of a threat is al Qaeda to the U.S. homeland and America’s interests abroad? Has the instability in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and throughout Africa allowed al Qaeda to grow in size and power? How should the latest threats against America’s diplomatic facilities, paired with the recent prison breaks in Pakistan, Iraq, Libya and elsewhere impact U.S. counterterrorism strategy?

April 2013

The Turkish-American Alliance: Opportunities and Challenges

12th April 2013 - 9:30 AM

A Conversation with Soner Cagaptay, Doug Feith, Jonathan Schanzer, and Gönül Tol

How does Turkey's Syria policy help the United States? How do Turkey's financial ties to Iran and Hamas complicate the Turkish-American relationship? How seriously does Turkey take its counter-terror finance responsibilities? What does the recent rapprochement between Ankara and Jerusalem mean for future ties between these two US allies?

Lebanon and Israel: The Forgotten Front?

10th April 2013 - 9:15 AM

Analysis from Brig. Gen. Michael Herzog, Tony Badran, and Hussain Abdul-Hussain

While the 2006 U.N.-brokered truce between Lebanon and Israel has largely held, experts are assessing whether Hezbollah’s mounting military presence throughout Lebanon will result in renewed conflict, jeopardizing the fragile balance between the two neighbors and raising new questions about the future of the region. What does Hezbollah’s increasing arsenal of rockets and missiles—which some estimates say is 10 times its capability in 2006—mean for the Lebanese people, particularly the Shia?

March 2013

Clifford D. May discusses Obama’s Foreign Policy in His Second Term

22nd March 2013 - 2:00 PM

The Obama Doctrine in the Second Term: U.S. Foreign Policy Adrift

The Heritage Foundation, Washington, DC

July 2012

Cliff May to Speak at Christians United for Israel Panel

16th July 2012 - 1:30 AM

The Looming Threats: Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas

Washington, D.C. Convention Center


Clifford May Joins Former Secretary Michael Chertoff in Discussion on Homeland Security

12th July 2012 - 4:30 AM

Homeland Security Today: Countering Terrorism & Natural Disasters

Denver, Colorado 

May 2012

Is al-Qaeda Dead?

29th May 2012 - 1:00 AM

A Conversation with Ambassador Husain Haqqani

Pakistan’s former ambassador to the United States

And featuring FDD experts Reuel Marc Gerecht and Bill Roggio

February 2012

Cliff May to Address the American Legion Washington Conference

26th February 2012 - 8:00 PM

52nd Annual Washington Conference

The Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave., NW, Washington, DC.

Cliff May Joins Panel to Discuss the Obama Doctrine

21st February 2012 - 10:00 PM

The Obama Doctrine at Year Three: An Assessment

The Heritage Foundation

Lehrman Auditorium

Is Hamas Changing?

14th February 2012 - 7:30 PM

A Conversation with Nathan Brown, Hussein Ibish, and Jonathan Schanzer

Hamas appears to be in limbo. With financial sanctions taking their toll on Iran, the long-time patron of the Palestinian terrorist group has reportedly been unable to keep the funds flowing. The group’s external leadership, formerly based in Damascus, is now looking for a new home in the wake of the violence in Syria.

Cliff May Moderates a Debate at CPAC

9th February 2012 - 1:00 AM

Is the “Arab Spring” Good or Bad for America?

Marriott Ballroom, Washington, DC

The Changing Missile Threat in the Middle East

2nd February 2012 - 7:30 PM

A Conversation with Dr. Uzi Rubin

FDD is pleased to host Dr. Uzi Rubin for a discussion on how the rapidly evolving Middle East poses new missile defense challenges. Dr. Rubin will detail his concerns about Iran's nuclear and missile development; the challenges posed by new political forces and factions in Egypt gaining control of substantial numbers of missiles; and what impact the devolving situation in Syria could have on that country's missile arsenal.

January 2012

The Arab Revolts: Can Liberals Compete?

25th January 2012 - 7:30 PM

A Conversation with Khairi Abaza, Dan Arbell, Michele Dunne, and Reuel Marc Gerecht

As the struggles of the Arab Revolt move from the streets to the ballot box, Islamists are gaining an upper hand in newly formed governments. The secular youth that led the street protests have been unable to translate their revolutionary passion to a political following.

Cliff May Participates in Debate at Pepperdine Unversity DC

24th January 2012 - 9:00 PM

Should America Change its Role of Policeman of the World?

Pepperdine University DC

December 2011

Washington Forum 2011

6th December 2011 - 7:00 PM

Ideology, Power, and Alliances in a Changing Middle East
FDD's Annual Policy Summit

December 7-9, 2011
555 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, DC

Ungoverned Spaces: The Struggle for Somalia

1st December 2011 - 7:30 PM

This discussion will examine what the U.S. and its allies are doing on the ground in Somalia, and -- significantly -- will examine the increasing linkages between security and humanitarian issues in the Horn of Africa. Can the U.S. and others prevent the problems of Somalia from spilling over its borders?

November 2011

Drone Strikes: Short-term Tactic or Long-term Strategy?

2nd November 2011 - 7:30 PM

On Nov. 3, FDD hosted a stimulating panel discussion examining how aerial drones have transformed the way America fights wars and combats global terrorist networks, especially in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.

October 2011

Clifford May to Speak at US-Russian Relations Conference

25th October 2011 - 12:30 AM

The Risks of the Reset: Why Washington Must Watch Its Step with Moscow

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011
Allison Auditorium

The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo

2nd October 2011 - 7:00 PM

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation is pleased to sponsor the Foundation for Defense of Democracies/Hudson Institute day-long conference titled “The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo.” The conference will explore the value and strategic importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship. Discussions will focus on the diverse and growing challenges facing the two nations ranging from attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel at the United Nations to Iran’s nuclear ambitions to the dramatic shifts taking place as a result of the Arab Spring.

September 2011

FDD Hosts: Palestinian Unilateral Statehood at the UN: Strategies, Tactics and Challenges

22nd September 2011 - 1:30 AM

On Thursday, September 22, 2011, the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies hosted a panel discussion on the anticipated Palestinian unilateral declaration of statehood at the United Nations. Participants included FDD’s vice president of research, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer; FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi; and Al Hayat’s Washington correspondent, Joyce Karam. Moderating the panel was Cliff May, President of FDD.