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16th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

FATF Leadership and Iranian Accountability

Toby Dershowitz

FATF Leadership and Iranian Accountability

The multilateral organization that sets and enforces global anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CFT) standards will meet early next week to determine how it will hold Iran accountable for its continued illicit financing activities. more...

16th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Mattis Promises Defense Buildup Will Begin Next Year

David Adesnik

Mattis Promises Defense Buildup Will Begin Next Year

In a February address to the National Governors Association, President Donald Trump said that the first budget he submits “will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America.” more...

15th June 2017 – Foreign Policy

Fine Tuning the Cuba Embargo

Eric B. Lorber

Fine Tuning the Cuba Embargo

This week, President Donald Trump will reportedly announce the re-imposition of certain economic sanctions on Cuba that were unwound during the recent diplomatic thaw between the United States and its southern neighbor. more...

14th June 2017 – Washington Times

The Qatar Ultimatum

Clifford D. May

The Qatar Ultimatum

In the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush drew a line in the sand. “Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make,” he announced. “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.” Since then, disappointingly if not surprisingly, more than a few nations have straddled that line, providing support to America and America’s enemies alike. more...

11th June 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Will A New Generation of Terrorists Turn to Bitcoin?

Yaya J. Fanusie

Will A New Generation of Terrorists Turn to Bitcoin?

No, not if by significant you mean signs that multiple terrorist organizations are using virtual currencies as a consistent way to receive or transfer funds. more...

11th June 2017 – The Hill

Hezbollah in Latin America is a threat the US cannot ignore

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Hezbollah in Latin America is a threat the US cannot ignore

The convergence of Iran-sponsored radical Islam with transnational organized crime in Latin America is a serious threat to the national security of the United States, especially in the tri-border area, or TBA, where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge. more...

7th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Executions Continue After Rouhani’s Reelection

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s Executions Continue After Rouhani’s Reelection

Iran has executed at least 20 people since President Hassan Rouhani’s reelection on May 19. This grim statistic offers continuity with his first term in office, which saw some 3,000 executions. It also suggests that Rouhani – notwithstanding his reputation as a moderate – remains unwilling or unable to reverse the regime’s most egregious domestic abuses. more...

5th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Distinction between Hezbollah and the “Lebanese State” now Meaningless

Tony Badran

Distinction between Hezbollah and the “Lebanese State” now Meaningless

At the conclusion of President Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, the U.S. and the Saudis issued a joint statement outlining shared positions. The last article in their statement addressed Lebanon and stressed “the importance of supporting the Lebanese state,” specifically in pursuit of “enforcing its sovereignty on all of its territory, disarm terrorist organizations such as Hizballah, and bring all weapons under the legitimate supervision of the Lebanese army.” more...

2nd June 2017 – The Weekly Standard

‘Principled Realism’

Reuel Marc Gerecht

‘Principled Realism’

Donald Trump's recent sojourn in the Middle East leaves the United States where it was before the president departed: His administration remains committed to containing Iran while philosophically adopting a pre-9/11 approach to combating Sunni Islamic militancy. more...

2nd June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

In New North Korea Sanctions, China Escapes

Anthony Ruggiero

In New North Korea Sanctions, China Escapes

The U.S. Treasury Department yesterday sanctioned nine entities and three individuals. The sanctions cover a wide range of North Korea’s activities—weapons procurement, intelligence activities, cyber activities, oil imports, and coal and zinc exports—but they do not include Chinese persons and entities that aid Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. more...