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21st June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Saudi King Ousts His Crown Prince

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi King Ousts His Crown Prince

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman dismissed his heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, on Wednesday morning local time. more...

20th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Pyongyang’s Murder of U.S. Student Shows Negotiating is Pointless

Anthony Ruggiero

Pyongyang’s Murder of U.S. Student Shows Negotiating is Pointless

The death of American student Otto Warmbier was nothing less than a callous murder at the hands of North Korea’s Stalinist dictatorship. This crime should serve as a potent reminder that there is no prospect of meaningful negotiations with a regime that shows such contempt for American life and that of its own citizens. more...

19th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Senate Bill Addresses Flaws in Iran Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Senate Bill Addresses Flaws in Iran Nuclear Deal

Late last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill containing new sanctions against Iran. more...

16th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

FATF Leadership and Iranian Accountability

Toby Dershowitz

FATF Leadership and Iranian Accountability

The multilateral organization that sets and enforces global anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CFT) standards will meet early next week to determine how it will hold Iran accountable for its continued illicit financing activities. more...

16th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Mattis Promises Defense Buildup Will Begin Next Year

David Adesnik

Mattis Promises Defense Buildup Will Begin Next Year

In a February address to the National Governors Association, President Donald Trump said that the first budget he submits “will include a historic increase in defense spending to rebuild the depleted military of the United States of America.” more...

15th June 2017 – Foreign Policy

Fine Tuning the Cuba Embargo

Eric B. Lorber

Fine Tuning the Cuba Embargo

This week, President Donald Trump will reportedly announce the re-imposition of certain economic sanctions on Cuba that were unwound during the recent diplomatic thaw between the United States and its southern neighbor. more...

14th June 2017 – Washington Times

The Qatar Ultimatum

Clifford D. May

The Qatar Ultimatum

In the aftermath of the terrorist atrocities of Sept. 11, 2001, President George W. Bush drew a line in the sand. “Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make,” he announced. “Either you are with us or you are with the terrorists.” Since then, disappointingly if not surprisingly, more than a few nations have straddled that line, providing support to America and America’s enemies alike. more...

11th June 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Will A New Generation of Terrorists Turn to Bitcoin?

Yaya J. Fanusie

Will A New Generation of Terrorists Turn to Bitcoin?

No, not if by significant you mean signs that multiple terrorist organizations are using virtual currencies as a consistent way to receive or transfer funds. more...

11th June 2017 – The Hill

Hezbollah in Latin America is a threat the US cannot ignore

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Hezbollah in Latin America is a threat the US cannot ignore

The convergence of Iran-sponsored radical Islam with transnational organized crime in Latin America is a serious threat to the national security of the United States, especially in the tri-border area, or TBA, where Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay converge. more...