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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...

1st January 2016 – Oxford University Press

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War

Orde Kittrie

In Lawfare, author Orde Kittrie draws on his experiences as a lawfare practitioner, US State Department attorney, and international law scholar in analyzing the theory and practice of lawfare. more...

3rd September 2015 – FDD Press

The Race to Replace Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian national project is at a crossroads. Mahmoud Abbas—the aging president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and leader of Fatah—is 10 years into a four-year term as PA president and shows no signs of stepping down. more...

9th September 2014 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Hamas’s Benefactors: A Network of Terror

Jonathan Schanzer

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Deutch, Ranking Member Sherman, and distinguished members of these subcommittees, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, I thank you for the opportunity to discuss with you today the state sponsors of the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. more...

18th July 2014 – FDD Translation from The Turkish Daily

A Call to the Chief Rabbi

Merve Tahiroglu

A translation of the open-letter by Turkish journalist Faruk Kose to the chief Rabbi of Turkey: When these Jews, who cause strife and mischief every place they go, were banished from Spain, Ottomans opened their arms to them. more...

8th May 2014 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

The Palestinian Authority, Israel and the Peace Process: What’s Next?

Jonathan Schanzer

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member Deutch, and distinguished members of the subcommittee, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, I thank you... more...

29th October 2013 – Palgrave Macmillan

State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State

State of Failure: Yasser Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and the Unmaking of the Palestinian State

Jonathan Schanzer

In September 2011, president Mahmoud Abbas stood before the United Nations General Assembly and dramatically announced his intention to achieve recognition... more...

10th July 2012 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Corruption Within The Palestinian Political Establishment

Jonathan Schanzer

Over the last 10 months, I have devoted the majority of my research to this very topic, but it has only come to light recently, thanks to several scandals, how pervasive the issue has become. more...

31st May 2012 –

United States Contributions to UNRWA

Below is a spreadsheet of America’s yearly contributions to the United Nations Relief Works Agency, accompanied by the corresponding amounts in today’s dollars. more...

14th September 2011 – House Foreign Affairs Committee

Reexamining U.S. Aid to the Palestinian Authority

Jonathan Schanzer

I testify today having conducted interviews last week with Palestinian Authority figures, Fatah party officials, and Israeli authorities in both Ramallah and Jerusalem. I will base much of my testimony on these interviews, but also draw from other open-source documents and some broader historical observations. more...

14th June 2011 –

The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East

The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The promise of democracy for Muslims offers something historically unparalleled. Where Islamist groups once dreamed of revolution, quietly developed paramilitary cells, and assassinated their secular opponents, mainstream Islamist groups today see elections as a means for society to maintain akhlaq; the mores that define good Muslims. more...

19th October 2010 –

Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media

Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has released the first-ever study mining the Arabic-language Palestinian social media environment to determine Palestinian public sentiment and its potential impact on U.S. foreign policy. The report, entitled "Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media," used military-grade software to cull information from social networks. more...

11th November 2008 – Palgrave Macmillan

Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine

Hamas vs. Fatah: The Struggle For Palestine

Jonathan Schanzer

In June 2007 civil war broke out in the Gaza Strip between two rival Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah. Western peace efforts in the region always focused on reconciling two opposing fronts: Israel and Palestine. Now, this careful exploration of Middle East history over the last two decades reveals that the Palestinians have long been a house divided. more...

19th November 2004 –

Briefing: EU Funding of PA Terrorism

There have been persistent reports that the Palestinians have used foreign aid, in particular from the European Union (EU), to finance terrorism. The EU has provided the Palestinian Authority (PA) with €2 billion ($2.5 billion) since 1993 and it is the largest single contributor of direct budgetary assistance, giving €112 million ($142 million) between January 2003 and June 2004. 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?