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17th April 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: In the Shadow of the Pyramids: Egypt’s Past Glories and Future Perils

Clifford D. May

Foreign Podicy host Cliff May discusses these and other issues with Hudson Institute Senior Fellow Samuel Tadros, an expert on Egypt’s history, politics and religions. more...

5th April 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Egypt’s Sisi Reelected with 97 Percent of Vote

Romany Shaker

With no serious challenger in the race, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi won a second four-year term last week, winning 21,835,387 votes or 97.08 percent of the total, according to official figures. The State Department said it looked forward to working with Sisi to advance the United States’ strategic partnership with Egypt, yet noted the importance of “encouraging respect for and protection of basic rights and freedoms.” more...

2nd March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Shabaab eulogizes ally of rebellious American jihadist

Bill Roggio

Shabaab eulogized a military commander who was closely linked to Omar Hammami, the American al Qaeda commander who was murdered by the Somali branch five years ago after a lengthy and very public dispute on social media. more...

27th February 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department designates 7 ISIS-affiliated groups as terrorist organizations

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that seven ISIS-affiliated groups have been designated as terrorist organizations. more...

31st January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

US designates Egypt based HASM and Liwa al-Thawra as terrorist groups

Romany Shaker

The US Department of State announced terrorism designations today against Harakat Sawa’id Misr (HASM) and Liwa al-Thawra, two Islamist groups active in Egypt with suspected ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. more...

26th January 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda head blames Islamists for failure of Arab uprisings

Thomas Joscelyn

In a newly-released audio message, Ayman al Zawahiri blames Islamist parties in Tunisia and Egypt for the failure of the Arab uprisings to deliver sharia-based governance. more...

29th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Coptic church attacked by Islamic State loyalist, group says

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack outside of a Coptic Church in a southern suburb of Cairo earlier today. The assault is one in a series of operations targeting Coptic Christians in Egypt since 2016. more...

25th November 2017 – Quoted by Jason Burke - The Guardian

Sinai attack needs to be a turning point in Egypt’s war on terror

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Egypt’s restive northern Sinai province, where at least 235 people were killed and scores more injured in a bomb and gun assault on a mosque on Friday, has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, when Islamist militants killed more than 30 soldiers in one operation. more...

25th November 2017 – Quoted by Amanda Erickson - The Washington Post

Trump says mosque attack in Egypt proves U.S. needs border wall with Mexico. Is he right?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the wake of the horrific Egyptian mosque attack that killed more than 300 people, President Trump took to Twitter to both offer his sympathies and plug some favorite policies. more...

24th November 2017 – CNN

CNN Newsroom

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the recent terror attack in the Sinai on CNN Newsroom. more...

2nd October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

‘Hasm’ claims responsibility for attack targeting Myanmar embassy in Cairo

Jonathan Schanzer

The Egyptian militant group, Hasm, claimed responsibility yesterday for its attack against Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo a day earlier, noting that it was a response to Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims. “This bombing served as a warning to the embassy of murderers, killers of women and children in the Muslim... more...

27th September 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Service

‘Bad blood’ hovers over latest attempt at Palestinian reconciliation

Grant Rumley

With other major issues in the Middle East such as the Iran nuclear deal taking center stage in recent weeks, two rival Palestinian factions—the terror group Hamas and the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA)—quietly announced a reconciliation deal and their decision to form a unity government. more...

26th September 2017 – Quoted by Noha El Tawil - Egypt Today

Analyst calls US sanctioning of terrorist groups to reinforce relations with Egypt

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer, a former terrorism-finance analyst for the U.S. Department of Treasury and senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote an op-ed in New York Post on Saturday suggesting sanctioning two terrorist groups that conducted several attacks in Egypt. more...

22nd September 2017 – The New York Post

Stand up against these terror groups to bolster the US-Egypt alliance

Jonathan Schanzer

There’s a way for the White House to demonstrate its support for Egypt in non-monetary terms. It can sanction two terrorist groups that continue to attack Egypt: Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra. Such a move would send an important message to the people of Egypt and show America’s own commitment to fighting terror. more...

24th August 2017 – Quoted by Adam Taylor - The Washington Post

Egypt may be the newest front in Trump’s battle with North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

This week, the State Department announced it will withhold millions of dollars in aid to Egypt, a long-standing U.S. ally and a major recipient of American security assistance. more...

7th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

More than 20 Egyptian soldiers killed in Islamic State assault on Sinai outpost

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s Sinai branch launched a deadly assault on a military outpost in the northern Sinai earlier today. more...

7th June 2017 – The Washington Times

The Six-Day War and the 50-year occupation

Clifford D. May

Fifty years ago this week, the young state of Israel faced the threat of extermination – a second Jewish Holocaust in a single century. Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser stated candidly what he and other Arab leaders envisioned. “Our basic aim will be the destruction of Israel,” he said. more...

2nd June 2017 – Quoted by Egypt Today Staff - Egypt Today

Ex-US security adviser on Qatar’s appeasement of terrorism

John Hannah

Qatar’s relations with Arab and Gulf States have strained in the recent days following Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’ remarks against neighboring countries, which have declared their war on terrorism; senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies John Hannah said in an interview to Egypt Today that the Qatari regime is trying to appease terrorist groups to secure itself from those groups. more...

27th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims attack on bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a massacre that was carried out yesterday in Minya, south of Cairo, Egypt. Masked gunman opened fire on a bus filled with Coptic Christians who were traveling to the St. Samuel Coptic Orthodox Monastery. At least 28 people were killed. more...

27th May 2017 – WMAL AM 630

The Larry O’Connor Show

Clifford D. May

FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May discusses the bus attack on Christians in Egypt. more...

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23rd May 2017 - 8:00 AM

Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Affiliates: New U.S. Administration Considers New Policies

FDD hosted a conference with the Hudson Institute and The George Washington University's Center for Cyber & Homeland Security featuring keynote discussion with Robert Gates, former Secretary of Defense (2006-2011).

14th December 2016 - 9:15 AM

Obama’s Gamble vs. Ike’s Gamble: American Influence in the Middle East

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) hosted a breakfast conversation on Wednesday, December 14, from 9:00am to 10:30am to discuss President Obama's Iran policy with the background of Michael Doran’s new book, Ike’s Gamble: America’s Rise to Dominance in the Middle East.