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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...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

UN Chief’s Visit to Israel Provides Opportunity to Reverse Organization’s Anti-Israel Policy

Benjamin Weinthal

The first official visit to Israel by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres this week presents a great opportunity for him to reverse the UN’s discriminatory policy against Israel, Benjamin Weinthal wrote on Fox News. more...

13th June 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

IDF General: UN Failing to Keep Hezbollah Out of Southern Lebanon

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel’s deputy chief of staff disputed the effectiveness of the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission in Lebanon while touring the border with the force’s commander and Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations last week, Israel’s Channel Two reported. more...

28th April 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State battles rival jihadists for control of Yarmouk camp in southern Damascus

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al Sham (“Assembly for the Liberation of the Levant”) and the Islamic State have released competing propaganda claims from the Yarmouk camp in the southern part of Damascus this week. The two sides have battled each other for control of the camp, which was once home to more than 100,000 Syrians and Palestinian refugees, for more than two years. But the fighting continues to rage on. more...

7th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

UN Report Reveals North Korea’s Sanctions Evasion

Anthony Ruggiero

The United Nations issued its annual report Monday on North Korea, revealing numerous sanctions violations and confirming widespread suspicions that international sanctions on Pyongyang are poorly enforced. 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