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17th January 2018 – The Washington Times

The president’s speech

Clifford D. May

Much of my so-called career as a foreign correspondent was spent in countries that could accurately be described with the scatological adjective allegedly uttered by President Trump last week. more...

17th January 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Busted! Iran, Turkey and the Largest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Modern History

Clifford D. May, Jonathan Schanzer, Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

It was likely the largest sanctions-evasion scheme in modern history, involving top state officials from both Ankara and Tehran. more...

10th January 2018 – The Washington Times

Europe’s Silence

Clifford D. May

It’s tempting to say that Europe’s leaders lack the courage of their convictions. But that would imply that they have convictions. The evidence suggests those days are gone. more...

9th January 2018 – Alhurra


Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May joins Alhurra to discuss the recent Iran protests. more...

9th January 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast - Upheaval in Iran: Causes and Consequences

Clifford D. May, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Protests have been shaking the Islamic Republic of Iran. Foreign Podicy host Cliff May is joined by FDD senior fellow, Reuel Marc Gerecht, and FDD senior Iran analyst, Behnam Ben Taleblu, to discuss what this upheaval means, where it could lead, and how the U.S. and its Western counterparts should respond. more...

4th January 2018 – BBC

The World Tonight

Clifford D. May

Washington has suspended most security assistance to Pakistan - we look at the increasingly dysfunctional relationship between Pakistan and the United States. President Trump's lawyers are trying to block the book by Michael Wolff full of shocking claims and allegations about White House chaos and incompetence - we talk to a Republican about the damage this is doing and asking a Democrat whether his party can capitalise on this? more...

3rd January 2018 – Rebel Media

Rebel Media

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May joins Rebel Media to discuss how the protests in Iran reflect a failed Iran deal. more...

2nd January 2018 – Fox Business Network

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May joins Lou Dobbs Tonight on Fox Business Network to discuss the issue of foreign aid to Palestine. more...

2nd January 2018 – The Washington Times

Eruption in Iran

Clifford D. May

The revolution that transformed Iran in 1979 was a grand experiment. From that moment on, Iran would be ruled by an ayatollah, a man with deep knowledge of sharia, Islamic law. He would be the “supreme leader,” a euphemism for dictator. He would merit that authority because he would be regarded, literally, as God’s “representative on Earth.” more...

26th December 2017 – The Washington Times

The world according to Trump

Clifford D. May

A National Security Strategy is less a plan of action than an attempt to prioritize. Who, in the president’s judgment, most threatens America? What means do we have and what capabilities must we develop to defend the homeland and protect our freedoms? more...

23rd December 2017 – Fox News

Journal Editorial Report

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May joins Fox News' Journal Editorial Report to discuss President Trump's new national security strategy. more...

22nd December 2017 – Fox News

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May joins Fox Business to discuss the UN's moves against North Korea and the bombshell report of Project Cassandra. more...

22nd December 2017 – WMAL

Mornings on the Mall

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May discusses the UN vote to annul President Trump's recent Jerusalem announcement among other pressing foreign policy issues from this week on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall. more...

21st December 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May and Behnam Ben Taleblu join The John Batchelor Show to discuss the latest action by the United Nations to annul President Trump's Jerusalem announcement. more...

20th December 2017 – The Washington Times

Reimagining a more realistic “peace process”

Clifford D. May

“The peace process” is the name we’ve given to decades of attempts to resolve the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The reality: These diplomatic efforts have never made meaningful progress. more...

19th December 2017 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: The Latin American Narco-Terrorism Nexus

Clifford D. May, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iranian-backed Hezbollah has made common cause with Latin America’s drug cartels. Their growing network launders huge amounts of money, traffics weapons, and engages in a long list of other illicit activities. more...

5th December 2017 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Countering Kim’s Nuclear North Korea

Clifford D. May, Anthony Ruggiero

Cliff May is joined by FDD's North Korea expert, Anthony Ruggiero, to discuss whether North Korea's most recent missile test is a game-changer, whether a nuclear North Korea is a foregone conclusion, and how the U.S. can leverage economic warfare to counter the Kim regime's illicit activities more...

29th November 2017 – Quoted by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review

Khatallah’s Acquittals on Benghazi Murders Show, Again, Need for New System

Clifford D. May, Thomas Joscelyn

There was never going to be justice for the American war dead of the Benghazi attack. The jihadist strike on the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 atrocities was too bound up in the politics of the 2012 presidential election. Moreover, the prosecution of the lone defendant charged in the attack was a product of the progressive ideological insistence that acts of war can seamlessly be downgraded into mere penal offenses, adjudicated with all the due-process strictures that implies. more...

29th November 2017 – The Washington Times

The man who would be Saudi king

Clifford D. May

Mohammad bin Salman is a young man in a hurry. When I visited Saudi Arabia back in February he was only the deputy crown prince. Nevertheless, it was he — not 81-year-old King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and not the crown prince, 58-year-old Muhammad bin Nayef — who was the talk of the town. more...

22nd November 2017 – The Washington Times

The battle for the lands of the caliphate

Clifford D. May

Soon after taking office, President Trump ordered his national security advisers to provide “a complete strategic review of our policy toward the rogue regime in Iran.” Last month, based on that review, he announced a new strategy “to confront the Iranian regime’s hostile actions,” including its development of missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads, its support for terrorists, and its neo-imperialist aggressions. This month that strategy is facing its first serious test. more...