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1st May 2014 – Committee on Oversight and Government Reform

Successes and Failures of the U.S. and NATO Intervention in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman Issa, Ranking Member Cummings, and distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the successes and failures... more...

6th March 2014 – Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The war in Syria has already produced tremendous ripple effects internationally, and they will only widen over time. The impact the Syria war will have on this generation... more...

18th February 2014 – International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague

Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia’s Shift to Jihad

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the fall of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, the country has been challenged by the growth of a domestic salafi jihadist movement. more...

11th February 2014 – House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Al Qaeda’s Expansion in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Higgins, members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss al Qaeda’s presence in Egypt. The uprisings... more...

10th September 2013 – House Committee on Homeland Security

Crisis in Syria: Implications for Homeland Security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the potential threats to the U.S... more...

16th July 2013 – FDD Video Analysis

Reuel Marc Gerecht on the Current Crisis in Egypt

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD senior fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht analyzes the situation in Egypt following the removal of Mohamed Morsi. more...

16th July 2013 – FDD Video Analysis

John Hannah on the Current Crisis in Egypt

John Hannah

FDD senior fellow John Hannah analyzes the situation in Egypt following the removal of Mohamed Morsi. more...

16th July 2013 – FDD Video Analysis

Jonathan Schanzer on the Current Crisis in Egypt

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's vice-president of research Reuel Marc Gerecht analyzes the situation in Egypt following the removal of Mohamed Morsi. more...

10th July 2013 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

Salafi Jihadism in the North African Regional Context

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairmen Poe and Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Members Sherman and Deutch, distinguished members of the subcommittees, it is an honor to appear before... more...

5th June 2013 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

TESTIMONY: Washington’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran

As the Syrian uprising enters its third year, the terrible cost of the Assad’s regime war against the people of Syria is by now well known. Over 80,000 Syrians are dead, more than 1.5 million... more...

28th May 2013 – International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - Hague

Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s Long Game: Dawa, Hisba and Jihad

Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s Long Game: Dawa, Hisba and Jihad

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In May 2013 the most significant clashes since the fall of Zine El Abidine Ben Ali occurred between the Tunisian government and the country’s largest salafi jihadist organisation – Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia... more...

11th April 2013 – Joint Hearing before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Breaking the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nexus

The purpose of my testimony is to analyze the relationship between Iran, Syria, and North Korea, with a particular emphasis on the Iran-Syria relationship and steps that the United States should take to support our national security. more...

11th June 2012 – The Weekly Standard

Impotence Abroad

Hillary Clinton says that the Obama administration can’t do anything about Bashar al-Assad. They can’t make him step down, and they can’t stop him from massacring women and children, as he did last week in Houla. more...

10th April 2012 – FPI/FDD

What Obama Must Do in Syria After the Failed Annan Plan

A Joint Bulletin of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) more...

15th March 2012 – Center for Independent Studies - Australia

From Tehran to Tahrir Square: Is Freedom Really Sweeping the Middle East?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

At the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011, Western nations around the world held their breath and hoped that the chaotic uprisings on the streets of Egypt and neighbouring countries would herald democracy in the Middle East. It’s been a year since the movement began and much has changed – or has it? Real and robust democracy has a long way to go before becoming commonplace in the Middle East. What is really happening behind the scenes and away from the news cameras? And how can the West help this transition? more...

8th November 2011 – FPI/FDD

Towards a Post-Assad Syria

A Discussion Paper Prepared by the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) for the Syrian Working Group more...

25th October 2011 – Policy Options for U.S. Response

The Assad Regime’s Continuing Mass Murder of Syrians

Long a sponsor of terrorism beyond its borders, the Syrian government is now waging an internal war against its own people. The United Nations reports that President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces have killed over 3,000 civilians and detained 30,000 more since the country’s pro-democracy protests began in March 2011. more...

7th September 2011 –

EU Sanctions on Syria

The following memorandum provides information on the EU’s latest efforts to sanction Syria. Following Washington’s lead, 27 members of the European Union recently imposed sanctions on Syria, banning imports of Syrian crude oil and petroleum products in an effort to pressure Assad to step down or stop the killing of protestors. more...

2nd August 2011 –

Syria’s Energy Sector

Syria’s Energy Sector

With the death toll mounting, pro-democracy protests growing, and the regime of Bashar al-Assad responding with ever-increasing brutality, the United States and its allies are urgently seeking new ways to sanction and pressure the Syrian regime. more...

31st July 2011 – George W. Bush Presidential Center

The Freedom Collection

FDD's Ammar Abdulhamid did a series of interviews with the George W. Bush Presidential Center in July 2011 on the Syrian Uprisings. As part of their Freedom Collection, Ammar explains the Syrian government's brutal tactics against the protesters and how he took inspiration from the Federalist Papers. more...

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7th February 2014 - 12:00 PM

The Levant Unraveling: How the Crisis in Syria is Impacting the Region

A Conversation with Jonathan Spyer, Tony Badran, Michael Doran, Oubai Shahbandar and John Hannah

How has Assad’s strategy evolved? With various factions and stakeholders pitted against each other, how are the competing endgames and tactics of groups like ISIS and Nusra impacting the dynamic of the conflict? How are the reverberations from the ever-bloodier conflict in Syria being felt far beyond its borders in Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and the Palestinian territories? What will the Montreux talks mean for Syria and the path forward for the international community? How are Iran and Hezbollah influencing the conflict and altering the situation on the ground? What is the way forward?

11th December 2013 - 9:00 AM

Terrorist, Regime and Western Media

The War of Ideas in the Disinformation Age

The Newseum, Washington, DC