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22nd November 2017 – The Washington Times

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Clifford D. May

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Soon after taking office, President Trump ordered his national security advisers to provide “a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran.” Last month, based on that review, he announced a new strategy “to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions,” including its development of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, its support for terrorists, and its neo-imperialist aggressions. This month that strategy is facing its first serious test. more...

21st November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Government Warns of Continued North Korean Cyber Activities

Anthony Ruggiero, Mathew Ha

U.S. Government Warns of Continued North Korean Cyber Activities

The U.S. government last week issued two technical alerts on North Korea’s cyber activities targeting the aerospace, telecommunications, finance, government, automotive, and media sectors. North Korea is engaged in cyber-enabled economic warfare and is using its attacks against South Korea and the U.S. to degrade our political and military power. more...

21st November 2017 – The Atlantic

Why Trump Moved Against the PLO

Grant Rumley

Why Trump Moved Against the PLO

This week, the Trump administration threatened to close the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) if the Palestinians did not immediately halt their campaign at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and agree to engage in the soon-to-be announced peace process. more...

16th November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Repression of Foreign Journalists Intensifies

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s Repression of Foreign Journalists Intensifies

Iran’s targeting of foreign journalists has intensified. In recent weeks and months, the regime has conducted cyber attacks against Iranian journalists abroad, launched a criminal investigation of BBC Persian, and falsely charged a British-Iranian for conspiring against the regime by teaching journalism. Tehran’s conduct reflects its longstanding fear that journalists constitute Western agents who seek to infiltrate the country with foreign ideologies contrary to Shiite Islam. more...

15th November 2017 – The Washington Times

Came the revolution

Clifford D. May

Came the revolution

My political orientation has evolved slowly over decades. With one exception: I became anti-Soviet and anti-Communist overnight. More quickly than that, actually. more...

13th November 2017 – The Hill

Thanks to US pressure, Maduro’s reckoning is coming

Michaela Frai

Thanks to US pressure, Maduro’s reckoning is coming

On Thursday, the U.S. used its latest round of sanctions on 10 current and former government officials to emphasize its commitment to denouncing fraudulent elections in Venezuela as well as promoting the human rights of those suffering under Maduro’s corrupt regime. By continuing to name-and-shame those in the regime responsible for such crimes, the U.S. has a unique opportunity to both help support a return to democracy and protect the Venezuelan economy from total collapse. more...

9th November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Backs Saudi Claim about Iranian Missile Support to Yemeni Rebels

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Alexandra N. Gutowski

U.S. Backs Saudi Claim about Iranian Missile Support to Yemeni Rebels

Regional tensions escalated as Saudi Arabia blamed Iran for an attempted missile strike on its capital by Yemeni rebels. On November 4, Saudi defenses intercepted a ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite Houthi rebels (also known as Ansar Allah) at a Riyadh airport. more...

9th November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Premier Visits Washington

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s Premier Visits Washington

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim is in Washington this week in a bid to mend his country’s flailing ties with the U.S. His trip follows the worst crisis in Turkish-American relations in decades, whereby both sides suspended visa services for each other’s citizens. It also comes three weeks before the start of a high-profile trial in New York of a Turkish-Iranian gold trader and four Turkish officials, who stand accused of evading U.S. sanctions against Tehran. more...

8th November 2017 – Foreign Policy

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

John Hannah

Does Trump Realize That His New Iran Strategy Could Suffer a Fatal Blow in Syria?

Note to President Trump: The new Iran strategy that you announced just three weeks ago is hanging by a thread. Its fate will likely be decided in the next few months on the Syria-Iraq border. more...

8th November 2017 – The National Interest

Iran’s New Missile Cap Offer Is a Total Sham

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s New Missile Cap Offer Is a Total Sham

Last week, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps declared that the country’s Supreme Leader had mandated "cap" on the range of Iran’s surface-to-surface ballistic missile force of 2,000 kilometers. more...