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25th February 2015 – War on the Rocks

ISIL’s International Expansion: What Does Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis’s Oath of Allegiance Mean?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

ISIL’s International Expansion: What Does Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis’s Oath of Allegiance Mean?

The international expansion of the jihadist organization known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has become a much-discussed topic. more...

24th February 2015 – The New York Times

Huge Verdict Is the Price the Palestinian Authority Pays for Not Controlling the P.L.O.

Jonathan Schanzer

Huge Verdict Is the Price the Palestinian Authority Pays for Not Controlling the P.L.O.

The verdict on Monday revealed what we long knew: The Palestinian Authority’s bureaucracy is terribly vulnerable to the corruption and violent whims of the Fatah faction and the Palestine Liberation Organization. more...

23rd February 2015 – Mosaic

The Reform Delusion

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Reform Delusion

Barack Obama has been eager for an Iranian diplomatic breakthrough since the beginning of his presidency, and Michael Doran, in “Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy,” has trenchantly laid out a chronology of the president’s aspirations. more...

20th February 2015 – Forbes

Why The U.S. Can’t Trust Iran And Its Nuclear Plans

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Why The U.S. Can’t Trust Iran And Its Nuclear Plans

The Obama Administration insists Iran has honored its interim nuclear-agreement commitments and that its progress in enrichment has been halted. more...

19th February 2015 – The National Interest

The Long Arm of Iranian Terror

Toby Dershowitz

The Long Arm of Iranian Terror

In recent weeks, an Iranian diplomat based in Uruguay hurriedly left the country after suspicions that he was involved in nefarious activities, purportedly involving a plan to bomb the Embassy of Israel in Montevideo, the nation’s capital. more...

18th February 2015 – US News and World Report

Putin in Cairo

Oren Kessler

Putin in Cairo

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi gave Russian President Vladimir Putin a hero’s welcome last week. more...

17th February 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Qatari Fatwa Justified Burning of Jordanian Pilot

David Andrew Weinberg, Oren Adaki

Qatari Fatwa Justified Burning of Jordanian Pilot

Qatar may be an active participant in the coalition campaign against the Islamic State (IS), but it also appears have provided religious justification for one of the Islamic State’s most brutal atrocities to date: the recent immolation of Jordanian pilot Moaz Kasasbeh. more...

13th February 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

UNSC Resolution on IS Finance: A Message to Turkey?

Merve Tahiroglu

UNSC Resolution on IS Finance: A Message to Turkey?

The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution Thursday aimed at targeting funding for the Islamic State (IS) and al-Qaeda-linked groups, like Jabhat al-Nusra. more...

12th February 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

‘Minsk 2.0’ Provides Shaky Ukraine Ceasefire

Boris Zilberman

‘Minsk 2.0’ Provides Shaky Ukraine Ceasefire

After 16 hours of negotiations in the Belarusian capital, the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany ironed out a shaky short-term solution to the Ukraine crisis. The agreement was announced at three separate news conferences, suggesting the deal’s durability and longevity may be in doubt. more...

6th February 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The PA’s Risky West Bank Crackdown

Grant Rumley

The PA’s Risky West Bank Crackdown

The Palestinian Authority (PA) on Thursday completed a week-long crackdown on a refugee camp in the West Bank. more...