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Events and Appearances - Jonathan Schanzer

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

Implications of the Fatah Conference

19th December 2016 - 12:00 PM

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a by-invitation lunch discussion on Monday, December 19, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the impact of the recent Fatah Conference where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas oversaw the party’s first internal elections in seven years. The conversation featured Grant Rumley, research fellow at FDD who recently returned from the Conference; and Sarah Yerkes, visiting fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at FDD, moderated the conversation.

July 2016

The Third Lebanon War

25th July 2016 - 9:15 AM

This summer marks 10 years since the Second Lebanon War—the longest war experienced by Israel since 1948—which left in its wake severe devastation on both sides of the border. The ceasefire under UN Security Resolution 1701 was broken by Hezbollah almost immediately after its implementation in August 2006. Since then, Hezbollah has been gradually but intensively building itself into a more lethal and dangerous force, with new weapons, training and financing from Iran.

November 2015

A Discussion with Micky Rosenfeld

3rd November 2015 - 12:00 PM

Superintendent Micky Rosenfeld currently serves as Israeli Police Force Foreign Press Spokesperson and formerly served in the I.P.F. Counter – Terror Unit (Y.A.M.A.M.) and as head of Counter Terrorist Training for the Border Police.

September 2015

In the Shadow of the Islamic Republic and the Islamic State

25th September 2015 - 12:30 PM

With the ink on the Iran nuclear deal barely dry, the political landscape in the Middle East is in flux. Please join FDD for a timely conversation featuring Ghaith al-Omari and Jonathan Schanzer on these under-analyzed trends. Moderated by FDD President Cliff May.

May 2015

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?

February 2015

CSIF Conference – The New Financial Wars

24th February 2015 - 1:00 PM

FDD celebrated the launch of its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance with a conference titled "The New Financial Wars: The Convergence of Illicit Finance, Economic Power, and National Security." The event brought together more than 200 government officials, policy professionals, and scholars for an afternoon of lively discussion on the critical role of economic power and financial warfare in U.S. national security.

December 2014

Bordering on Terrorism: Turkey’s Syria Policy and the Rise of the Islamic State

19th December 2014 - 9:30 AM

A recent FDD report chronicles the flow of jihadists and money to the Islamic State (IS) through Turkey's southwestern border. The IS crisis has put Turkey and the U.S. on a collision course, as Ankara refuses to allow the coalition to launch strikes from its air bases, while IS has established cells on its soil. Turkey’s intransigence has raised serious questions about its value and relaibility as an American ally and its place in the NATO alliance.

November 2014

After the Gaza Conflict: Hamas’ Goals, Military Capabilities, and Financial Networks

14th November 2014 - 11:00 AM

Please join us for a panel discussion and conversation with Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Dr. Matthew Levitt, Dan Moger, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Dr. Samuel Tadros, and Jeffrey White.

Rosie Gray, reporter for BuzzFeed, will serve as moderator 

Two months after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, what is known of Hamas’ military capabilities, tactics, and regional alliances? Where will the group’s monetary and military resources come from next? Will Hamas benefit from taking part in a revived unity government with the Palestinian Authority? What, if anything, can Washington do to prevent a resurgence of Hamas in the Middle East?

August 2014

Implications of the Gaza Conflict: What has been won, what has been lost?

13th August 2014 - 11:45 AM

After one month of bitter fighting, many questions remain about the results of the Gaza war. Did Israel re-establish deterrence? Did Hamas win by merely surviving? Has Egypt re-emerged as a regional power? Have Turkey and Qatar gone too far in promoting Hamas’s agenda? What diplomatic battles are ahead?

July 2014

Keeping Our Friends Close and Our Frenemies Closer?

11th July 2014 - 9:30 AM

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Brian Katulis, and Jonathan Schanzer
Moderated by John Hannah

A growing number of countries have adopted policies that make them allies, adversaries and enemies of the United States– simultaneously. Complex alliances are nothing new, but American alliances in the Muslim world have recently become far more complex than in years past. Why has the “AAE phenomenon” arisen, and what should be the implications for U.S. foreign and national security policy?

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?


February 2014

Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern

27th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with John Cassara, Svante Cornell, Jonathan Schanzer, Tom Joscelyn, and John Hannah

Turkey has been rocked by a sweeping corruption scandal. Prime Minister Erdogan has responded by reassigning policemen and prosecutors, and clamping down on press freedom. While these actions have prompted only muted criticisms from the West, some of the cases raise troubling questions about terrorist activity in Turkey – including financial ties to Iran, Hamas, and even al-Qaeda figures. FDD has produced research recently on these issues. But many questions remain.

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

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?

July 2013

Egyptian Revolution 2.0

29th July 2013 - 12:00 PM

A Conversation with Bahaa El-Taweal, Khairi Abaza, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Samuel Tadros, and Jonathan Schanzer

In light of the rapidly changing situation on the ground in Egypt, the U.S. must now determine how best to support Egypt's transition, protect U.S. interests, and advance democracy in the region. Are we supporting a military dictatorship over a popularly elected Islamist government? What does the future hold for the non-Islamist Tamarod movement? Will the Muslim Brotherhood rebound from this defeat? What does this crisis portend for the Muslim Brotherhood bloc, including Qatar and Turkey?

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?

November 2012

Understanding the Palestinian UN Initiative

19th November 2012 - 12:00 PM

What the Palestinian unilateral maneuver means for US interests

A Conversation with Dr. Jonathan Schanzer and Ghaith al-Omari

What does the Palestinian unilateral maneuver mean for US interests? What role can Congress play in ensuring that a return to direct negotiations without preconditions is the only way forward towards a two-state solution?

Jonathan Schanzer Speaks at the Philiadelphia Jewish Film Festival

8th November 2012 - 12:00 PM

The Lying Game

Philidelphia, PA

May 2012

Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and the Threat of Social Media Radicalization

23rd May 2012 - 7:30 PM

A Conversation with Michael DoranReuel Marc GerechtSteven Miller, Younesse Safaa, and Jonathan Schanzer

After the September 11 attacks of 2001, and following al-Qaeda’s violent campaign against Saudi Arabia in 2003 and 2004, Saudi authorities launched a crackdown on state-sanctioned radicalism in the Kingdom. This included tighter controls on terror finance, dismantling al-Qaeda’s local cells, and monitoring the country’s mosques. One decade later, a new study by FDD finds that elements of the religious establishment continue to disseminate rulings and opinions that run counter to U.S. interests, and they do so increasingly via social media.

March 2012

Jonathan Schanzer to Lecture at Columbus State University

20th March 2012 - 5:30 AM

Leveraged Diplomacy or Duplicity: The Palestinian Statehood Campaign

Columbus, Ga

Jonathan Schanzer Participates in AIPAC Panel

3rd March 2012 - 10:30 PM

Hamas and Fatah: Is Reconciliation a Possibility?

2012 AIPAC Policy Conference

Washington, DC

February 2012

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.

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

October 2011

Jonathan Schanzer to Participate in George Washington Law School Debate

24th October 2011 - 2:00 AM

"New Approaches to Peace in the Middle East"

October 24, 2011
4 pm in the Faculty Conference Center.

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

Dr. Schanzer Join Panel at The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington

22nd September 2011 - 5:30 AM

Please join The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington for a Middle East Forum Panel discussion with:

US Senator Ben Cardin
Jonathan Schanzer, VP of Research, Foundation of Defense of Democracies
Aaron David Miller, Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

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.

Jonathan Schanzer Participates in RJC Panel

21st September 2011 - 9:30 PM

Republican Jewish Coalition

The Palestinian UDI and the role of the Obama Administration.

Jonathan Schanzer Testifies Before the House Foreign Affairs Committee

13th September 2011 - 8:00 PM

Promoting Peace? Reexamining U.S. Aid to the Palestinian Authority, Part II

Wednesday, September 14, 2011
10:00 AM

Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building