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20th December 2016 – WMAL

Mornings on the Mall

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses the Russian ambassador killed in Turkey and Berlin Christmas market attack. more...

20th December 2016 – Quoted by Alan Gomez - USA Today

Berlin attack latest in disturbing terror trend

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If the truck attack on a crowded Berlin market that killed a dozen people sounded familiar, that's because it follows a disturbing trend of terrorism that requires little organization, manpower or technological know-how. more...

20th December 2016 – Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the Berlin attack and strategies going forward to combat terrorism. more...

15th December 2016 – Quoted by Leah McGrath Goodman - Newsweek

Bitcoin is Being Monitored by an Increasingly Wary U.S. Government

Yaya J. Fanusie

On a mountainous stretch along the Orange River between South Africa and Namibia lies a small town called Orania, a homeland founded in the 1990s by white nationalists who introduced their own currency, the ora—probably the only tender in the world created exclusively for whites. more...

13th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Pentagon: 2 Paris attack facilitators killed in US airstrike in Raqqa, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Department of Defense announced today that three Islamic State “external attack operatives” were killed in a “precision airstrike” in Raqqa, Syria on Dec. 4. more...

12th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

US confirms death of high-profile Tunisian Islamic State assassin

Thomas Joscelyn

The US Defense Department has confirmed that Boubaker al-Hakim, a French-Tunisian Islamic State leader pictured above, was killed in airstrikes carried out in Raqqa, Syria on Nov. 26. more...

12th December 2016 – USIP Press

The Jihadi Threat

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross co-authored a report covering ISIS and al-Qaeda, exploring their movements, possible strategies, the future scenarios, and policy considerations. more...

12th December 2016 – Quoted by Daniel Serwer - Peacefare.net

Jihad and the next administration

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

USIP’s discussion today of “Getting Ahead of the Curve: the evolving threat of violent extremism” was a study in contrasts. The first panel, of experts who contributed to The Jihadi Threat: ISIS, Al Qaeda and Beyond was devoted to hard-nosed analysis. The second, which discussed both CSIS’ Turning Point and Communities First: A Blueprint for Organizing and Sustaining a Global Movement Against Violent Extremism, was devoted to right-minded but airier policy propositions, at least until I left about 45 minutes before it ended. more...

12th December 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the death of Boubaker al-Hakim and US airstrikes against 168 ISIS tanker trucks. more...

11th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State claims full control of Palmyra, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State released a statement via its Amaq News Agency earlier today claiming that the jihadists have taken complete control of the ancient city of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has also reported that the jihadists seized the city. more...

9th December 2016 – Quoted by Molly Hennessy-Fiske - The Los Angeles Times

Islamic State video of captured British photographer signals a shift in the group’s propaganda

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The latest Islamic State video showing captured British war photographer John Cantlie signals a shift in the extremist group’s propaganda as it loses territory, analysts say. more...

9th December 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects peace talks, emphasizes alliance with al Qaeda in new video

Thomas Joscelyn, Bill Roggio

The Taliban rejects “peace talks” with the West and advertises its continuing alliance with al Qaeda in a newly released video entitled, “Bond of Nation with the Mujahideen.” more...

8th December 2016 – The Cipher Brief

Al Qaeda Assessment Off the Mark

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Throughout his two terms in office, President Barack Obama faced an array of challenges from both al Qaeda and ISIS. In an interview with The Cipher Brief, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense, explained that the Obama Administration’s evaluation of al Qaeda was “not correct.” more...

7th December 2016 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Obama’s Iraq Sob Story Skips His Role In ISIS Rise

Bill Roggio

President Barack Obama blamed former President George W. Bush and Iraqi leaders for tying his hands on the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq in 2011, at his last major national security address Tuesday. more...

5th December 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio talk about ISIS's new strategic position and the future of their "caliphate." more...

2nd December 2016 – Quoted by Riyadh Mohammed - CNBC

Hot trend in 2017: Rise of Islamic banks on Main St. USA

Jonathan Schanzer

In the United States a quiet financial revolution is going on under the radar of the public eye. It's the rise of Islamic financial institutions — ranging from small community banks in the Midwest to nationwide investment banks and brokerage firms. more...

2nd December 2016 – Fox Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the changes in ISIS attacks and developments in counter-terrorism. more...

30th November 2016 – Sinclair Broadcast Group

Homegrown extremism is the ‘most prevalent threat’ says DHS secretary

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Monday terror attack at Ohio State University has once again focused national attention on the growing and increasingly complex threat of homegrown violent extremism. more...

29th November 2016 – Quoted by Mitch Smith, Rukmini Callimachi, Richard Perez-Pena - The New York Times

ISIS Calls Ohio State University Attacker a ‘Soldier’

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State claimed responsibility on Tuesday for the attack at Ohio State University, calling the student who drove his car into pedestrians and then slashed people with a butcher knife a “soldier” of the terrorist group. more...

19th November 2016 – The History Channel

ISIS: Rise of Terror

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn helps analyze the rise of the Islamic State. more...


Bill Roggio

Senior Fellow and Editor of FDD's Long War Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Senior Fellow


5th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

Understanding al Qaeda and its Affiliates: A Global Threat or JV Squad?

A Conversation with Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bruce Hoffman, Thomas Joscelyn and Jonathan Schanzer

Speaking about organizations claiming allegiance to al Qaeda, President Barack Obama stated that "if a JV team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn't make them Kobe Bryant." The president’s remarks have sparked yet another debate about whether al Qaeda is weakened, whether it is resurgent, or whether it was ever weakened in the first place.  Has the Arab Spring spawned a surge in jihadism? Are these organizations taking advantage of the new environment in the region, or is the expansion of jihadist groups largely independent of the revolutions? How well is Washington’s current approach to al Qaeda working? If the group is growing despite U.S. efforts, how do we put our policies on the right track?

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC