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22nd September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

What Rouhani Didn’t Say at the UN

Toby Dershowitz, Annie Fixler

What Rouhani Didn’t Say at the UN

As Iranian President Hassan Rouhani makes his case before the United Nations today that the Islamic Republic merits a place in the community of nations and boardrooms worldwide, his government continued arresting reporters and sentencing foreign nationals to prison on trumped-up charges. more...

16th September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

North Korea’s 5th Nuclear Test – What now?

Olli Heinonen

North Korea’s 5th Nuclear Test – What now?

North Korea just heralded the 68th anniversary of its founding by conducting its fifth nuclear test. The initial seismic recordings were larger than previously recorded activity. This, coupled with other indicators, suggests that Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons capability is accelerating. more...

14th September 2016 – FDD Policy Breif

With MOU, U.S. and Israel Cement Strategic Relationship for Next Decade

John Cappello

With MOU, U.S. and Israel Cement Strategic Relationship for Next Decade

The United States and Israel signed a new 10-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, capping almost a year of negotiations for a new security assistance agreement. more...

9th September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

What’s Next for Saudi Terrorism Bill?

Boris Zilberman, David Andrew Weinberg

What’s Next for Saudi Terrorism Bill?

Congress approved the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (JASTA) on Friday, opening up the possibility of terrorism lawsuits in U.S. civil courts against Saudi Arabia. The bill also limits sovereign immunity for other governments not designated by the State Department as State Sponsors of Terrorism. more...

2nd September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

UNIFIL’s Unfulfilled Mandate

David Daoud

UNIFIL’s Unfulfilled Mandate

The United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2305 on Tuesday, renewing the mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) for another year. more...

1st September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Gives Green Light to Direct $1.7 Billion from U.S. to Military

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran Gives Green Light to Direct $1.7 Billion from U.S. to Military

A debate has raged in recent weeks over whether the Obama administration’s $400-million payment to Iran in January – part of a $1.7-billion settlement over a decades-old arms deal – constituted “ransom” for five U.S. hostages. more...

1st September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Understanding Iran’s Deployment of the S-300 System

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Understanding Iran’s Deployment of the S-300 System

Iranian outlets this week revealed that components of Iran’s first Russian-made S-300 missile system were positioned around the Fordow fuel enrichment plant – an underground bunker which, until recently, was used for uranium enrichment. more...

19th August 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Coup Attempt Sparks Backlash Against Turkey’s Minorities

Aykan Erdemir

Coup Attempt Sparks Backlash Against Turkey’s Minorities

Turkey’s July 15 abortive coup has produced a show of cross-party support for the country’s elected government. All three major opposition parties explicitly denounced the attempt, and the government returned the favor by thanking them in parliament. more...

5th August 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran Money Transfer: Unanswered Questions

Amir Toumaj

The Iran Money Transfer: Unanswered Questions

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday revealed details of a U.S. cash transfer to Iran on January 17 – the same day that five American hostages were released from Iranian prisons. The method and timing of the events – both occurring the day after last summer’s nuclear deal went into effect – has sparked questions from lawmakers and pundits over whether the payment amounted to ransom. more...