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19th May 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Attacks Target Turkey’s Leftist Pro-Kurdish Party – Again

Merve Tahiroglu

Attacks Target Turkey’s Leftist Pro-Kurdish Party – Again

Explosions hit the local offices of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) in two southern Turkish cities on Monday, wounding six. The attack was only the latest act of violence against the left-wing and pro-Kurdish opposition party in the run-up to parliamentary elections on June 7. more...

15th May 2015 – Al Arabiya

The Camp David Summit: Major or modest moves in U.S.-Gulf ties?

David Andrew Weinberg, Patrick Megahan

The Camp David Summit: Major or modest moves in U.S.-Gulf ties?

In the run up to Thursday's summit at Camp David, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had predicted that “we are fleshing out a series of new commitments that will create… a new security understanding” to “take us beyond anything that we have had before.” more...

14th May 2015 – NOW News

Salman’s Absence, Netanyahu’s Shadow

Tony Badran

Salman’s Absence, Netanyahu’s Shadow

If you’re keeping score in the contest between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, then chalk up a win for the Israeli prime minister this week. President Obama is convening his summit with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states at Camp David today. more...

6th May 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Reported Israeli Raid on Sudan Could Reveal Khartoum’s Duplicity

Jonathan Schanzer

Reported Israeli Raid on Sudan Could Reveal Khartoum’s Duplicity

Sudan may have joined the Saudi-led fight against Iran-backed proxies in Yemen last month, but it also may still be cooperating with Iran to arm the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas in the Gaza Strip. more...

29th April 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

All in the Family: Saudi Clique Takes Over the State

David Andrew Weinberg

All in the Family: Saudi Clique Takes Over the State

Saudi Arabia has the rare distinction of being a nation named after a single family. On Wednesday, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud doubled down on this authoritarian tradition with a bold power play designed to further centralize power while disinheriting other branches of the Al Saud family. more...

23rd April 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Hamas Triumphs in Election at Flagship West Bank University

Grant Rumley

Hamas Triumphs in Election at Flagship West Bank University

The Hamas-dominated Islamist Bloc emerged victorious in student elections at Birzeit University near Ramallah on Wednesday, defeating the secular Fatah faction – which had won all but one student election over the last decade – by a margin of 26 to 19. more...

21st April 2015 – Politico

When Israel Helped Yemen’s Shiites

Oren Kessler

When Israel Helped Yemen’s Shiites

Yemen’s Houthi rebels accuse Israel of standing behind the Saudi-led military campaign launched against them in February. The charge is not unusual—blaming Israel for the Mideast’s sundry ills is a time-honored regional pastime. more...

13th April 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Choice to Head Powerful Charity Bolsters the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Khamenei’s Choice to Head Powerful Charity Bolsters the IRGC

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Parviz Fattah as the new head of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF) last weekend. more...

9th April 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Breaks Silence over Nuclear Framework

Ali Alfoneh, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Khamenei Breaks Silence over Nuclear Framework

There is “nothing to congratulate,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday, breaking his silence over a nuclear framework agreement signed with international negotiators a week earlier in Switzerland. more...

8th April 2015 – The National Interest

Sultan of Turkey: Erdogan’s Shameless Power Play

Merve Tahiroglu

Sultan of Turkey: Erdogan’s Shameless Power Play

A row erupted within Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on March 21, after the deputy prime minister brazenly condemned President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for stepping outside his boundaries by criticizing the government’s Kurdish peace process. more...