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16th March 2016 – The Washington Times

Call it genocide

Clifford D. May

In the Yemeni port city of Aden earlier this month, Islamists attacked a Catholic home for the indigent elderly. The militants, believed to be soldiers of the Islamic State, shot the security guard, then entered the facility where they gunned down the old people and their care-givers, including four nuns. At least 16 people were murdered. more...

13th February 2016 – The National Interest

The Middle East’s Conflicts Are About Religion

A meme is gaining traction within American government and media, and it goes like this: The conflicts of the Middle East aren’t about religion. Jihadist violence? Garden-variety criminality, the president says. more...

10th February 2016 – The Washington Times

Winning an unconventional war

Clifford D. May

War is – and always will be -- hell. The Law of Armed Conflict is not meant to change that – only to make it a little less hellish. There are weapons you agree not to use. In exchange, your enemy doesn’t use those weapons against you. You treat captured combatants humanely. You expect the same when your soldiers are taken prisoner. more...

3rd February 2016 – The Washington Times

The Islamist wears Dolce & Gabbana

Clifford D. May

In the “culture” section of the venerable Atlantic magazine last month, there was a news item I wouldn’t want you to miss: “The Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana has just launched a line of hijabs (headscarves) and abayas (cloaks) in the label’s signature playful, theatrical aesthetic.” more...

2nd February 2016 – 512 New Media

The Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses Iran, sanctions relief, and his upcoming column in The Washington Times. more...

20th January 2016 – The Washington Times

The threat to America’s national existence

Clifford D. May

President Obama judged the Islamic State the “JV team,” boasted that he’d set al Qaeda “on its heels” and implemented successful counterterrorism policies in Yemen. more...

12th January 2016 – Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

State of the Union Speech Is One Half of Nation’s Political Split Screen

Mark Dubowitz

Over the course of 48 hours, Americans will confront two starkly disparate views of Barack Obama’s America that will frame the debate over the future of the country in this election year and beyond. more...

30th December 2015 – The Washington Times

Boys in the Brotherhood

Clifford D. May

Among Western leaders these days, truth-telling is hardly habitual. So I feel compelled to give credit where credit is due: to British Prime Minister David Cameron for speaking frankly about the Muslim Brotherhood. more...

21st December 2015 – Foreign Policy

Can Obama Spur a Reform Within Islam?

John Hannah

President Barack Obama’s Oval Office address in the wake of the San Bernardino attack was almost universally panned. And rightly so. Telling the American people that our strategy to defeat the Islamic State is on track when fanatics inspired by the group have just committed mass murder on our shores is hardly a winning message. more...

16th December 2015 – The Washington Times

Perfect Submission Possible

Clifford D. May

Michel Houellebecq is a sardonic and iconoclastic French novelist, winner of the prestigious Prix Goncourt, and subject of considerable controversy in Europe these days. He deserves to be controversial here in the United States as well. more...

11th December 2015 – KMJ 580 AM

The Ray Appleton Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses his recent column and jihadist ideology. more...

4th December 2015 – PJ Media

What if the Jihad Fails?

Michael Ledeen

Napoleon famously preferred lucky generals to the most brilliant ones, and there is no doubt that luck plays an enormous role in life, whether through our own individual efforts or from earth-shaking events. My own guru, Machiavelli, believed that even the greatest leader could do no better than master fortune half the time. For the rest, life is full of surprises. more...

4th December 2015 – Interviewed by Eric Heyl - The Pittsburgh Tribune

‘This Is Not a War We Can’t Win’: Fighting ISIS

Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May is the founder and president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C., policy institute specializing in national security and foreign policy issues. He spoke to the Trib regarding how best to thwart the threat posed by ISIS and other jihadist groups. more...

2nd December 2015 – Syndicated

The Thom Hartmann Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses international terrorism, the Paris attacks, and jihadist ideology. more...

18th November 2015 – The Washington Times

Forget Paris

Clifford D. May

For almost two generations, since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, self-proclaimed jihadis have been fighting to re-establish Islamic supremacy and domination in the world. more...

16th November 2015 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses the Islamic State and the Parisian attacks. more...

15th November 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

A France-U.S. Anti-Islamist Alliance

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Even before the French-born Kouachi brothers went on a shooting rampage at the Charlie Hebdo satirical magazine in January, French officials knew their luck was running out. Paris had always counted on its internal-security services—the finest counterterrorist force in the West—to keep the peace. more...

11th November 2015 – The Washington Times

A Suggestion for the Islamic State Book Club

Clifford D. May

After a long week of slitting throats, smashing antiquities and raping infidel slave girls, how do the Islamic State’s barbarians unwind? Some, apparently, discuss the finer points of history. more...

14th September 2015 – Forbes

Temple Mount Violence Yet Again

Michael Ledeen

There were clashes on the Jerusalem Temple Mount in the runup to Rosh Hashanah, and I blame Moshe Dayan. He was the prematurely politically correct Israeli Defense Minister who, in 1967, couldn’t bear the thought of Jews in charge of the site of King Solomon’s Temple, the al Aqsa mosque and the rock from which Mohammed rode his stallion to Paradise and on which Abraham prepared to sacrifice Isaac. more...

12th August 2015 – The Hill

The Ayatollah’s Message to the World

Michael Ledeen

The supreme leader of Iran has published a book entitled Palestine. As you would expect, it is a call to the Muslim world to destroy Israel and establish control over its territory for Islam, especially Iran. more...


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29th July 2013 - 12:00 PM

Egyptian Revolution 2.0

A Conversation with Bahaa El-Taweal, Khairi Abaza, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Samuel Tadros, and Jonathan Schanzer

In light of the rapidly changing situation on the ground in Egypt, the U.S. must now determine how best to support Egypt's transition, protect U.S. interests, and advance democracy in the region. Are we supporting a military dictatorship over a popularly elected Islamist government? What does the future hold for the non-Islamist Tamarod movement? Will the Muslim Brotherhood rebound from this defeat? What does this crisis portend for the Muslim Brotherhood bloc, including Qatar and Turkey?

26th October 2012 - 3:00 AM

Khairi Abaza Speaks on Egypt’s New Government

Where is the Egyptian 'Third Republic' Heading

Al-Hewar Center, Vienna, VA