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31st March 2018 – The Hill

How to fix the UN’s anti-Israel club of dictators

David May

In his latest piece for The Hill, FDD Research Analyst David May explains why the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) desperately needs reform, as well as how its disproportionate focus on Israel – the only democracy in the Middle East – in fact allows many of the atrocities occurring in and around the region to flourish, essentially making the UNHRC a “club of dictators.” more...

29th March 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

UN Extends Mandate of Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Iran

Tzvi Kahn

The UN Human Rights Council last week passed a resolution extending the mandate of the special rapporteur on human rights in Iran by one year. The measure, which cleared the global body by a vote of 21 to 7 with 19 countries abstaining, reflects a recognition that Tehran’s domestic repression constitutes an ongoing problem. At the same time, the large number of abstentions and opposing votes suggests that a significant percentage of the international community remains willing to overlook or deny the reality of Iran’s abysmal record on human rights. more...

21st March 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes near shrine in Afghan capital

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Khorasan branch quickly claimed responsibility for an attack near a shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Sunni jihadists regularly target Shiite civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere. more...

27th February 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: UNRWA’s Palestinian Refugees

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg, Clifford D. May

Foreign Podicy host, Cliff May, is joined by FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer and Richard Goldberg to discuss their research on UNRWA and their recommendations for reforms that could be beneficial to Israelis, Palestinians and American taxpayers. more...

28th December 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Khorasan ‘province’ claims responsibility for attack on cultural center in Kabul

Thomas Joscelyn

Dozens of civilians were killed during a bombing at the Tabayan cultural center in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Islamic State's Khorasan "province," which regularly targets Shiite civilians and places of worship in Afghanistan, quickly claimed responsibility. more...

27th December 2017 – The Tower

U.S. Cuts Contribution to UN in Effort to Make World Body “More Efficient and Accountable”

Mark Dubowitz

The United States government announced on Sunday significant cuts in its United Nations obligations for 2018-19 with next year’s budget slashed by over $285m. more...

26th December 2017 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

U.N. budget cuts highlight new U.S. approach

Mark Dubowitz

When the Trump administration claimed credit this week for budget cuts at the United Nations, some critics of the organization saw the prudent oversight of taxpayer money, while others questioned Washington’s determination to be seen wielding a big stick. more...

1st November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New UN Report Highlights Iran’s Continued Human Rights Abuses

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s repression of its own people has continued largely unabated, the United Nations indicated in a new report presented to the UN General Assembly last week. The semi-annual publication, authored by Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, paints a grim portrait of an Islamist regime committed to the suppression of dissent that contradicts its radical ideology. more...

18th October 2017 – Quoted by Evenlyn Gordon - Commentary

Outside the UN, BDS Is Losing Badly

Benjamin Weinthal

A BDS activists are presumably celebrating the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to warn off companies that do business with Israelis in the West Bank. I’d advise them to enjoy their temporary victory while they can. As several recent events make clear, they’re losing badly outside the UN. And they’re losing for one simple reason: People worldwide are gradually coming to understand that the boycott, divestment, and sanctions movement isn’t “anti-occupation,” it’s anti-Semitic. more...

25th September 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Unless It Is Changed, UNIFIL’s Mandate Makes It a Boon for Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Nikki Haley is right to insist the UN group in Lebanon undergo some big changes. more...

13th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Fixing the United Nations

Clifford D. May

The United Nations was created in the wake of World War II by the major Allied nations that had prevailed — at an enormous cost in blood and treasure — over the Axis powers. Its founders proclaimed ambitious goals: to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and “promote social progress.” That the U.N. hasn’t come close to succeeding should, by now, be obvious. more...

12th September 2017 – Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Anthony Ruggiero

Arlene Bynon was joined by Anthony Ruggiero, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, to discuss the latest round of UN sanctions against North Korea and what are the future options for America and the world community. more...

12th September 2017 – Quoted by Nirmal Ghosh - Straits Times

New UN sanctions squeeze North Korea further, but don’t choke it

Anthony Ruggiero

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has approved a new, wider round of sanctions on North Korea - but watered down from an original draft by the United States which had sought a stop to fuel shipments and the right to arbitrarily board and inspect ships plying in and out of North Korean ports. more...

12th September 2017 – Quoted by Jethro Mullen - CNN Money

Will latest U.N. sanctions make Kim Jong Un sweat?

Anthony Ruggiero

The latest U.N. sanctions are designed to squeeze North Korea harder than ever, but will it be hard enough? more...

12th September 2017 – Quoted by Zachary Cohen and Richard Roth - CNN

UN passes fresh sanctions on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero


12th September 2017 – Quoted by Yonhap News

U.N. Security Council unanimously adopts new sanctions against N. Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted new sanctions against North Korea on Monday, imposing caps on its imports of oil but stopping short of measures that could cripple the regime. more...

11th September 2017 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

UN Approves New North Korea Sanctions, Stopping Short of Oil Embargo

Anthony Ruggiero

The United Nations Security Council approved new sanctions aimed at punishing North Korea for its latest missile and nuclear tests after the U.S. dropped demands such as an oil embargo to win support from Russia and China. more...

11th September 2017 – Quoted by Demetri Sevastopulo and Katrina Manson - Financial Times

UN agrees stronger sanctions against North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero


31st August 2017 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

The UN Should Be Stopped from Endorsing BDS

Benjamin Weinthal

The UN high commissioner for human rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein of Jordan, is reportedly compiling an official blacklist of companies that do business in the West Bank, east Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights, thus putting a weapon in the hands of the movement to boycott, divest from, and sanction Israel (BDS). more...

30th August 2017 – Fox News

UN embrace of anti-Israel BDS movement endangers the very peace it claims to support

Benjamin Weinthal

While the United States and many European countries continue to oppose the anti-Israel boycott movement because it imposes a double-standard and harms peace efforts, the United Nations is set to engage in full-throated BDS by the end of this year. more...


15th April 2013 - 4:00 AM

Claudia Rosett Speaks on Iran and the UN

‘Iran at the UN: An Underreported Game of Influence’

The Henry Jackson Society, London, UK

20th February 2013 - 12:00 PM

Claudia Rosett Presides at Conversation with Amb Frederick Barton

A Conversation with Ambassador Frederick Barton

Council on Foreign Relations