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FDD’s National Security Summit

28th August 2018 - 10:15 AM

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted its National Security Summit on Tuesday, August 28, 2018. FDD was pleased to present its Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award and host a converastion with U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Ambassador Nikki R. Haley; the FBI Speical Agents and Southern District of New York Assistant United States Attorneys  who worked on United States vs. Atilla, an Iran sanctions-busting case involving the highest levels of the Turkish government, were presented with FDD's Alberto Nisman Award for Courage; and Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran at the U.S. Department of State, delivered remarks and joined a conversation on U.S. policy towards Iran. 


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United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki R. Haley

Full transcript available for download here.

  • Introduction by FDD Chief Executive Mark Dubowitz and presentation of award to UN Ambassador Nikki R. Haley
  • Followed by remarks and a moderated conversation with FDD President Clifford D. May

About FDD's Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award
Inaugurated in 2012, FDD’s Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award is named in honor of the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations. Ambassador Kirkpatrick was resolute in her opposition to totalitarianism and her defense of American values, in particular the rule of law, basic human rights, and peace through strength. Ambassador Kirkpatrick was instrumental in helping to create the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and today we continue to be inspired by her legacy.

We are pleased to present this award to Ambassador Nikki R. Haley who has brought a precise moral compass and a distinctly American voice to the United Nations. Ambassador Haley has been a powerful advocate for human rights, U.S. national security, and U.N. reform. We are deeply thankful for her service and patriotism.

Southern Distirct of New York Assistant U.S. Attorneys and FBI Agents from the U.S. v. Atilla case

Full transcript available for download here.

  • Presentation of award to the Assistant United States Attorneys and FBI Agents for the Southern District of New York who worked on United States v. Atilla by FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer
  • Followed by remarks by FBI Special Agent Jennifer McReynolds

About FDD's Alberto Nisman Award for Courage
Inaugurated in 2015, FDD’s Alberto Nisman Award for Courage is named for the late Argentine special prosecutor who worked tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish Community Center in Buenos Aires.  Alberto Nisman possessed uncommon resolve and devoted his life to the unwavering pursuit of truth. We continue to be inspired by his work and the legacy he has left behind for law enforcement, the policy community, and all those who care about justice.

In honor of the courage of Alberto Nisman, we are pleased to present this award to the FBI Special Agents and Assistant United States Attorneys for the Southern District of New York who worked on United States v. Atilla, an Iran sanctions-busting case involving the highest levels of the Turkish government. Their meticulous dedication to this important case sets a precedent about the consequences of sanctions violations and those who aim to jeopardize the U.S. financial system.

U.S. Department of State Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook

Full transcript available for download here.

  • Keynote remarks from Brian Hook, Special Representative for Iran and head of the Iran Action Group at the U.S. Department of State 
  • Followed by a moderated conversation with FDD's CSIF Chairman Juan Zarate