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Analysis & Commentary - David Andrew Weinberg

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11th August 2017 – The Hill

What Congress can do about extremism in Saudi textbooks

David Andrew Weinberg


2nd August 2017 – The Huffington Post

Qatar is worst in the region on counterterrorism, but other Gulf monarchies are not off the hook

David Andrew Weinberg

Rather than giving Qatar’s neighbors carte blanche, the U.S. should press all of its Gulf allies to improve their counterterrorism practices. And while Washington should seek a timely resolution of the current crisis, it should do so on enforceable terms that address Qatar’s dangerous conduct. more...

20th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Saudi Arabia’s troubling educational curriculum

David Andrew Weinberg

Dr. David Andrew Weinberg’s testimony before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Terrorism, Non-Proliferation, and Trade Subcommittee on July 19, 2017. more...

21st June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Saudi King Ousts His Crown Prince

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman dismissed his heir, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, on Wednesday morning local time. more...

8th June 2017 – The National Interest

Qatar vs. Saudi Arabia: How Iran and the Brotherhood Tore the Gulf Apart

David Andrew Weinberg

The Gulf monarchies face the most serious crisis in their history. It is largely being covered as a diplomatic spat, since several Arab nations terminated their relations with Qatar on Monday to protest its support for radical Islamists. But the crisis has an economic component as well. Saudi Arabia severed Qatar’s access to its only land border, across which roughly 40 percent of Qatar’s food needs are imported. more...

20th May 2017 – Huffington Post

Turning the Page on Hate: Trump’s Counter-Extremism Effort Should Address Saudi Textbooks

David Andrew Weinberg

Donald Trump is in Saudi Arabia this weekend for the first stop on his first foreign trip as president. He announced that he would use the trip to “begin to construct a new foundation... to combat extremism” and will be delivering a speech tomorrow on tolerance to leaders from roughly fifty Arab- or Muslim-majority countries. more...

19th May 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Trump Travels to Saudi Arabia to Tackle Extremism

David Andrew Weinberg

President Donald Trump departs today on his first trip abroad since his inauguration. He will spend the weekend in Saudi Arabia, where his conversations with Muslim leaders are expected to focus on combating terrorism and the extremism that feeds it. more...

18th May 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Iran steps up support for terrorism in Bahrain

David Andrew Weinberg

Bahrain’s rulers have long sought confirmation from Washington that their country faces a terrorist threat sponsored by Iran. In March, the US finally validated them by sanctioning two Bahraini individuals as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. One of those sanctioned individuals evidently resides in Qom, the ideological center of Iran’s revolutionary regime. more...

18th May 2017 – The Huffington Post

Catch and Release: Did Qatar Free a Future al-Qaeda Emir?

David Andrew Weinberg

Farouq al-Qahtani al-Qatari, a core al-Qaeda official and senior planner of terrorist attacks from Afghanistan against the U.S. homeland, is now dead. According to former acting CIA director Michael Morrell, Qahtani was one of the few al-Qaeda leaders who “might have [had] what it takes to replace [Osama] bin Laden.” Indeed, Qahtani was the terrorist leader in South Asia Morrell said he worried the most about – even more than al-Qaeda’s current chief, Ayman al-Zawahiri. more...

15th May 2017 – The Forward

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: Saudi Arabia Still Hostile To Israel

David Andrew Weinberg

Before visiting Jerusalem in several days, President Trump will stop in Saudi Arabia for meetings with Islamic leaders to discuss joint efforts against extremism. He may wish to start with Saudi Arabia’s own mixed record on incitement against Israel and the Jewish people. more...

30th April 2017 – The Hill

Congress must press Qatar for highlighting hate preacher

David Andrew Weinberg

As Secretary of Defense James Mattis traveled to Qatar on Friday, April 21, his hosts were violating two important pledges in the ideological fight against terrorism. more...

22nd April 2017 – The Long War Journal

Analysis: Qatar’s ill-timed hostage deal increases pressure on Washington

David Andrew Weinberg, Thomas Joscelyn

When US Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Qatar yesterday, the country’s attention was focused on the return of roughly two dozen Qatari citizens who were held hostage in Iraq, including members of the royal family. more...

26th March 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s alleged ‘representative in Syria’ previously freed from US Custody in Afghanistan

David Andrew Weinberg

On Mar. 14, the US Treasury Department announced its decision to impose sanctions on Kuwaiti national Muhammad Hadi al-‘Anizi, saying he is “a terrorist facilitator and financier based in Kuwait.” more...

22nd March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Sanctions Bahrainis Linked to Iran-Backed Group

Tzvi Kahn, David Andrew Weinberg

The State Department on Friday designated two Bahrainis with ties to Iran as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, thereby denying them access to the U.S. financial system, freezing their U.S. assets, and prohibiting American citizens from conducting transactions with them. more...

16th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Arabia’s Charm Offensive with New U.S. President

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s most powerful prince, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, became the first Arab leader to meet in the White House on Tuesday with President Donald Trump, who was accompanied by White House advisors but not his secretaries of state or defense. The delegations did not take questions from reporters, but they did issue public readouts, and the content of those documents suggests that the U.S.-Saudi alliance is already being rewritten by the new personalities in charge. more...

14th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Terror Financiers “Operating Openly” in Qatar and Kuwait

David Andrew Weinberg

A White House readout following President Trump’s phone conversation Thursday with the emir of Qatar said the two leaders discussed stopping terror finance throughout the region. Washington has good reason to raise the issue: Just last week, the Obama administration’s Assistant Treasury Secretary for Terrorist Financing Daniel L. Glaser revealed that designated terrorist financiers continue to operate openly in Qatar and its Gulf neighbor Kuwait. more...

18th January 2017 – FDD Press

Qatar and Terror Finance

David Andrew Weinberg

Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani abdicated as the emir of Qatar in June of 2013, making his son Tamim the youngest ruler in the Arab world. Hamad’s reign was characterized by persistent negligence toward local U.S.-designated funders of al-Qaeda, but some American officials have expressed hope that Emir Tamim would turn over a new leaf in Qatar’s approach to tackling terror finance. more...

23rd November 2016 – The Weekly Standard

A Tale of Two Trumps

David Andrew Weinberg

There seem to be at least two Donald Trumps on how to deal with Saudi Arabia, and it's difficult to know which one will trump the other in office. more...

18th November 2016 – FDD's Long War Journal

Analysis: Jund al Aqsa’s deep Gulf roots

David Andrew Weinberg

In early October, the jihadist group Jund al Aqsa swore allegiance to Jabhat Fateh al Sham (formerly Al Nusrah Front), which is al Qaeda’s rebranded branch in Syria. more...

6th November 2016 – The National Interest

Why Are U.S.-Sanctioned Airlines Still Flying to the Gulf States?

David Andrew Weinberg, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Gulf rulers should recognize that the United States could choose to enforce sanctions against financial intermediaries for Syrian Air. more...