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9th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Thirteen Years into the Abbas Presidency, Corruption and Autocracy Dominate the West Bank

Grant Rumley

On this day in 2005, Mahmoud Abbas was elected president of the Palestinian Authority (PA). In his inaugural address, Abbas hailed the “peaceful transfer of authority” and pledged to “start the process of reform…so as to establish the foundations of the Palestinian state to which we aspire.” After a decade of Yasser Arafat’s iron-handed PA rule – with his later years characterized by an armed Palestinian uprising – Abbas seemed a breath of fresh air. more...

7th December 2017 – Fortune

Jerusalem Is Already Israel’s Capital. Trump Just Made it Official.

Jonathan Schanzer

Unrest is spreading across the Middle East. Anti-American protests have erupted in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond. The State Department has issued a worldwide warning for U.S. citizens. And it’s all because U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. more...

21st November 2017 – The Atlantic

Why Trump Moved Against the PLO

Grant Rumley

This week, the Trump administration threatened to close the Washington office of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) if the Palestinians did not immediately halt their campaign at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and agree to engage in the soon-to-be announced peace process. more...

1st November 2017 – The Washington Times

The 100-year-old promise

Clifford D. May

On Nov. 2 it will be exactly one hundred years since the Balfour Declaration, the British Empire’s statement in support of the establishment of “a national home for the Jewish people” in Palestine, then a backwater of the soon-to-be-defeated Ottoman Empire. more...

16th October 2017 – Foreign Policy

Can Anyone End the Palestinian Civil War?

Grant Rumley

A new agreement aims to mend the rift between Fatah and Hamas — but the wounds may run too deep. more...

17th September 2017 – The Atlantic

The Doomed Palestinian Reconciliation Plan

Grant Rumley

Of the demands Palestinians often make of their leaders, reconciliation between their two largest political factions perennially tops the list. Fatah, which controls the Palestinian Authority (PA) in the West Bank, and the Islamist terror group Hamas, which wrested control of the Gaza Strip in a civil war in 2007, have waged a low-intensity conflict for over a decade. more...

11th September 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

There is one step Mr. Abbas could take to demonstrate that he is taking Congress seriously: He could issue a definition of terrorism to his own people. Remarkably, the Palestinian Authority’s “Basic Law” does not mention terrorism. The State Department says that although the PA has criminalized acts of terror, it lacks legislation “specifically tailored to counterterrorism.” more...

27th August 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Palestinian Terrorist Group Campaigns For Bundestag

Benjamin Weinthal

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, an EU and US classified terrorist entity responsible the murders of scores of Israelis, seeks to enter the German Bundestag in the September 24 federal election. more...

22nd August 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Is War in Gaza Unavoidable?

Grant Rumley

Earlier this summer, it seemed like war in the Gaza Strip was inevitable. more...

16th August 2017 – Interview by Shmuel Rosner - The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, Part 3: On Israel and the Palestinian leadership struggle

Grant Rumley

The following exchange will focus on Tibon and Rumley’s new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

9th August 2017 – The American Interest

The End of the Abbas Era

Grant Rumley

The aging leader tried to capitalize on his people’s unrest by taking unprecedented steps against Israel. Instead, he may have just made the argument against his rule even stronger. more...

26th July 2017 – The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, part 2: On peace agreements with Arab autocrats

Grant Rumley

The following exchange will focus on Tibon and Rumley’s new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

19th July 2017 – The Jewish Journal

The Mahmoud Abbas exchange, part 1: A man of peace turned autocrat

Grant Rumley

The following exchange will focus on Tibon and Rumley’s new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

18th July 2017 – Fathom Journal

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas - Interview With Grant Rumley & Amir Tibon

Grant Rumley

Fathom Assistant Editor Samuel Nurding sat down with Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon to discuss their new book The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas (Prometheus Books, 2017). more...

13th July 2017 – The American Interest

Mahmoud Abbas and the Years of Terror

Grant Rumley

Mahmoud Abbas’s role in Palestinian politics was forged in the bloody years of the Second Intifada, when he became the anti-Arafat. But the events of those years also foreshadow the indecision and timidity that have plagued him since. more...

11th July 2017 – Prometheus Books

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

The Last Palestinian, drawing from interviews with key figures in the West Bank, Israel, and Washington, is the first English biography of Abbas. more...

2nd July 2017 – The Atlantic

The Political Education of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

When Israeli tanks besieged Yasser Arafat’s headquarters in Ramallah in 2002, the Palestinian leader famously declared, “Oh God, grant me a martyr’s death.” more...

29th June 2017 – Foreign Policy

The Squeeze Is On Against Hamas

Grant Rumley

The Islamist movement's Arab neighbors, together with Israel, are cutting off its few remaining lifelines — and hoping not to spark a war. more...

27th May 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Israel’s Anti-BDS ‘Start-Up’ Ministry

Benjamin Weinthal

In a wide-ranging interview with The Jerusalem Post, Ministry of Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy officials announced the dawning of a new era in the government’s campaign against Israel-boycott organizations, proclaiming the rise of the “Start-Up Ministry.” more...

18th May 2017 – Foreign Policy

How Can Trump Make Peace Without a Partner in Palestine?

Grant Rumley

President Donald Trump visits Israel next week at a supremely awkward moment, amid reports that he shared Israeli intelligence with Russian officials in the Oval Office. Both sides are likely to do their best to bury the issue. more...

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19th December 2016 - 12:00 PM

Implications of the Fatah Conference

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a by-invitation lunch discussion on Monday, December 19, from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on the impact of the recent Fatah Conference where Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas oversaw the party’s first internal elections in seven years. The conversation featured Grant Rumley, research fellow at FDD who recently returned from the Conference; and Sarah Yerkes, visiting fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at FDD, moderated the conversation.

14th November 2014 - 11:00 AM

After the Gaza Conflict: Hamas’ Goals, Military Capabilities, and Financial Networks

Please join us for a panel discussion and conversation with Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA), Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS), Dr. Matthew Levitt, Dan Moger, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Dr. Samuel Tadros, and Jeffrey White.


Rosie Gray, reporter for BuzzFeed, will serve as moderator 


Two months after the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, what is known of Hamas’ military capabilities, tactics, and regional alliances? Where will the group’s monetary and military resources come from next? Will Hamas benefit from taking part in a revived unity government with the Palestinian Authority? What, if anything, can Washington do to prevent a resurgence of Hamas in the Middle East?