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10th October 2018 – The Washington Times

Trump’s new counterterrorism strategy

Clifford D. May

“We remain a nation at war.” President Trump’s new National Strategy for Counterterrorism (NSC) begins with that simple statement of fact. The 21st century is an age of conflict. That’s unlikely to change any time soon. more...

9th October 2018 – Foreign Podicy

President Carter’s Foreign Policy—Does a New Book Shed New Light?

Jonathan Schanzer, Clifford D. May

Stuart Eizenstat has had a long and extraordinary career. Among the influential positions he’s held: President Jimmy Carter’s chief White House Domestic Policy Advisor, President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to the European Union, and an undersecretary in the departments of Commerce and State. He’s today a leading international lawyer with Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C. more...

3rd October 2018 – The Washington Times

The life, times and foreign policies of Jimmy Carter

Clifford D. May

Those elected to high office are stars but the success of their shows often depends on supporting actors: their advisors. For nearly 50 years, Stuart E. Eizenstat has been a wise advisor to Democratic leaders. He served as President Clinton’s ambassador to the European Union, and in senior positions at the Departments of State, Treasury and Commerce. more...

26th September 2018 – Washington Times

Americans’ right to self-rule

Clifford D. May

In a stern and defiant speech earlier this month, National Security Advisor John Bolton made clear that the U.S. will not join the International Criminal Court, will not cooperate with it, nor provide it assistance. What will the U.S. do instead? “We will let the ICC die on its own,” Mr. Bolton said. “After all, the ICC is already dead to us.” Denunciations were soon flying from academics, “human rights” groups, and the major media. more...

24th September 2018 – Syndicate

The John Batchelor Show

Clifford D. May

FDD's President Clifford D. May discusses his op-ed in The Washington Times "Criminal Regimes against the rest of us" with The John Batchelor Show. more...

21st September 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Islamism and Jihadism: The view of one Muslim — and former CIA analyst

Clifford D. May, Yaya J. Fanusie

Yaya Fanusie is the director of analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). He spent seven years as both an economic and counterterrorism analyst in the CIA, where he regularly briefed White House policy makers, U.S. military personnel, and federal law enforcement. In 2009, he spent three months in Afghanistan providing analytic support to senior military officials. more...

19th September 2018 – The Washington Times

Criminal regimes against the rest of us

Clifford D. May

Imagine you live in a nice, quiet town and aim to keep it that way. You own a business. Your customers are friendly. Your vendors are honest. People respect one another. They abide by the rules. Then, one day, criminals move into the neighborhood. Do you welcome the thugs, thieves and murderers, conduct business with them and attempt to integrate them into your village? more...

12th September 2018 – Quoted by Ahval

After Seventeen Years, Is an End to the War on Terror in Sight?

Clifford D. May

Yesterday was the seventeenth anniversary of al-Qaeda’s bloody attacks on New York and Washington. Clifford May uses the occasion to reflect on the state of America’s long war on jihadism. more...

12th September 2018 – The Washington Times

Extremism and fragile states

Clifford D. May

Last year, Congress asked the United States Institute of Peace, a government-funded think tank, to develop “a comprehensive plan to prevent the underlying causes of extremism in fragile states in the Sahel, Horn of Africa, and the Near East.” more...

12th September 2018 – Don Kroah Show

Don Kroah Show

Clifford D. May

FDD's President Clifford D. May join the Don Kroah Show to discuss national security 17 years after 9/11. more...

11th September 2018 – CBN News

CBN News

Clifford D. May

On the 17th anniversary of 9/11, FDD's President Clifford D. May joins CBS to discuss how the current threat from radical Islamic terrorists is greater than ever. more...

11th September 2018 – Foreign Podicy — Featuring Stephen Hadley and Nancy Lindborg

Podcast: Extremism and Fragile States

Clifford D. May, Reuel Marc Gerecht

If the attacks of September 11, 2001 were a second Pearl Harbor, where are we in the war that began on that day? Are we winning, losing or stalemated? Last year there were more than 10,000 terrorist attacks worldwide—about five times the number in 2001. So what have we learned—or, more importantly—what do we still need to learn? Are there policies and strategies that ought to be put in place? more...

4th September 2018 – Quoted by Chris Mitchell- Christian Broadcast Network

Trump’s UNRWA Funding Cutoff a Potential Blessing for Palestinian Refugees

Clifford D. May

The Trump administration has moved to stop all funding for UNRWA, the UN agency that provides aid for Palestinian refugees. The decision goes to the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. more...

4th September 2018 – The Washington Times

The ‘Long War’ is not getting shorter

Clifford D. May

Seventeen years ago next week, out of a clear blue sky, Americans were massacred on a scale unprecedented since Pearl Harbor. more...

4th September 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: The Wars of the Jews

Clifford D. May

Israel is a tiny country: its land area about a fourth the size of the United Arab Emirates, its population less than that of Tehran—capital of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Yet Israel is the subject of constant comment and controversy, and is frequently attacked—both kinetically and rhetorically—by its enemies, its adversaries, and too often even by those who should be its allies. more...

31st August 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: A Conversation with Ambassador Nikki Haley

Clifford D. May

Jeane J. Kirkpatrick was one of the visionaries who helped create the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies soon after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Six years ago, FDD inaugurated an award in honor of the first woman to serve as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations — a statesman who vehemently opposed totalitarianism and resolutely defended American values. more...

28th August 2018 – Quoted by Fox San Antonio

WATCH: UN Amb. Nikki Haley gives remarks after receiving award

Clifford D. May

Amb. Nikki R. Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, accepts the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) Jeane J. Kirkpatrick Statesmanship Award. more...

28th August 2018 – The Washington Times

The sparkling waters of the West Bank

Clifford D. May

In this topsy-turvy world, if you’d like to see Palestinians living in peace, gainfully employed, with access to quality medical care and reason to believe tomorrow will be brighter than today, you’re denounced as anti-Palestinian. more...

22nd August 2018 – The Washington Times

The China syndrome

Clifford D. May

Pollsters at the Pew Research Center recently asked an intriguing question: Who is the “most important partner for American foreign policy?” more...

15th August 2018 – The Washington TImes

Imagining the Islamic Republic

Clifford D. May

Last week, the European Union issued a statement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear weapons deal concluded with Iran’s rulers, from which President Trump withdrew three months ago. more...