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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...

3rd August 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iraq Opens its Gates to Iran’s Trojan Horse

Tyler Stapleton, Amir Toumaj

Iraq Opens its Gates to Iran’s Trojan Horse

The Al-Arabiya satellite station published an Iraqi government document last week revealing that Baghdad had established an “independent military formation” in Iraq’s security forces, beyond Defense Ministry control. more...

21st July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

State of Emergency Risks Undercutting Turkey’s Fragile Democracy

Merve Tahiroglu

State of Emergency Risks Undercutting Turkey’s Fragile Democracy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month-long nationwide state of emergency on Wednesday after back-to-back, hours-long meetings with the National Security Council and Cabinet. more...

20th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Latest Test Shows It Is Doubling Down on Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s Latest Test Shows It Is Doubling Down on Ballistic Missiles

Iran reportedly tried to test yet another ballistic missile last week – the latest in a series of tests dating back to October. Despite the launch’s failure, it succeeded in a larger goal: continuing Tehran’s experimentation with delivery vehicles that could be topped with a nuclear warhead. more...

19th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hamas Vows to Join Municipal Elections, but Obstacles Remain

Grant Rumley

Hamas Vows to Join Municipal Elections, but Obstacles Remain

Hamas announced last week that it would participate in municipal elections across the West Bank and Gaza in October. more...

11th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Taxing American Businesses that Partner with Iran

Tyler Stapleton

Taxing American Businesses that Partner with Iran

American businesses have been looking to break into the Iranian market ever since the signing of last summer’s nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). more...

8th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Post-JCPOA, Iran Revs Up Nuclear, Missile Procurement in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

Post-JCPOA, Iran Revs Up Nuclear, Missile Procurement in Germany

On the eve of the Iran deal’s one-year anniversary, a new report by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says that Iran sought illicit nuclear and missile technology in Germany throughout 2015, and was expected to continue doing so. more...