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17th December 2014 – Standpoint

A Sham Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A Sham Deal

The 24 November deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran came and went with no deal and the likelihood of further delays in 2015. Both the Obama Administration and its European allies are adamant that we have never before been as close to a deal as we are today. Delicate diplomatic issues, after all, require time. more...

16th December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Peshawar Attack: Sickening, but No Surprise

Bill Roggio

The Peshawar Attack: Sickening, but No Surprise

The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, one of many al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups operating in the South Asian country, launched one of its more horrific attacks earlier today. more...

15th December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Portugal’s Palestinian Recognition Adds Momentum to Diplomatic Push

Grant Rumley

Portugal’s Palestinian Recognition Adds Momentum to Diplomatic Push

The Portuguese parliament on Friday called on the government to recognize an independent Palestinian state. The motion was filed on behalf of both the center-right and socialist parties, and it urged the government to recognize Palestine “in coordination with the European Union” at the “most appropriate moment.” more...

12th December 2014 – Forbes

North Korea and Iran: Partners in Cyber Warfare?

Claudia Rosett

North Korea and Iran: Partners in Cyber Warfare?

North Korea has denied any involvement in the massive hacking attack last month on Sony Pictures Entertainment, and absent evidence clearly pinning the deed on Pyongyang, it may be fair to keep an open mind. more...

12th December 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Supreme Censor

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran’s Supreme Censor

The evolution of Ali Khamenei from sensitive lover of Western literature to enforcer of Islamic revolutionary orthodoxy. more...

11th December 2014 – The Weekly Standard

The Benghazi Report

Thomas Joscelyn

The Benghazi Report

After a long day on November 13, 2013, Speaker of the House John Boehner walked down the marble hallways of the Longworth House Office Building to the personal office of Representative Devin Nunes for a drink, a cigarette, and maybe a brief reprieve. more...

9th December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

AQ Leader’s Arrest Highlights Turkey’s Terror Problem

Merve Tahiroglu

AQ Leader’s Arrest Highlights Turkey’s Terror Problem

A joint U.S.-Turkish operation last month led to the capture of a senior Libyan al-Qaeda leader allegedly involved in the 2012 murder of Ambassador Christopher Stevens in Benghazi. more...

8th December 2014 – The National Interest

Everything You Need to Know about Tunisia’s Elections

Grant Rumley

Everything You Need to Know about Tunisia’s Elections

Since the ouster of long-time dictator Zine El Abedine Ben Ali in 2011, Tunisia has been the bellwether for the revolutions that have rocked the Middle East. more...

4th December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Blowback in Sana’a

Oren Adaki

Blowback in Sana’a

A car bomb exploded early Wednesday morning outside the Iranian ambassador’s residence in Sana’a, reportedly killing three and adding yet another layer of complexity to Yemen’s unstable political and security situations. more...

3rd December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Speech After the JPOA Extension

Ali Alfoneh

Khamenei’s Speech After the JPOA Extension

Addressing high ranking members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Basij on Nov. 27, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed a few words of support for Iranian nuclear negotiators, and stressed: “I’m not opposed to extending the negotiations [by seven months with the P5+1], just as I did not oppose the very principle of negotiating.” more...