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Analysis & Commentary - Jonathan Schanzer

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4th January 2018 – The Atlantic

The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

Jonathan Schanzer

Yesterday, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom for a range of financial crimes. more...

18th December 2017 – New York Post

How Trump can repair the damage from Obama’s narcoterror fail

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama White House systematically dismantled a top-secret government initiative called Project Cassandra, which was designed to target Hezbollah’s $1 billion in annual drug proceeds. The gripping story, by Politico’s Josh Meyer, lays bare the details of the Lebanese terrorist group’s cocaine and crime schemes, and suggests Obama allowed the activities to continue so as to not upset Iran, Hezbollah’s patron, amidst nuclear negotiations. more...

12th December 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

The Qatar Quarrel Benefits the U.S.

Jonathan Schanzer

It is no secret that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has been at odds with President Trump on a range of issues. One of them is the U.S. response to the spat that erupted in early June between Qatar and four other Arab states. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt all accuse Qatar of funding extremists and fomenting instability in the Middle East. Mr. Tillerson has stated repeatedly that he views this fracas—in which Qatar has found itself increasingly isolated, politically and economically—as counterproductive to U.S. interests. The White House, by contrast, seems to be tacitly encouraging the Saudis and their allies to keep up the pressure. more...

7th December 2017 – Fortune

Jerusalem Is Already Israel’s Capital. Trump Just Made it Official.

Jonathan Schanzer

Unrest is spreading across the Middle East. Anti-American protests have erupted in Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, Turkey, the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and beyond. The State Department has issued a worldwide warning for U.S. citizens. And it’s all because U.S. President Donald Trump said he intends to move the American embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. more...

6th November 2017 – The Hill

US Treasury takes on terrorism: Non-kinetic warfare that works

Jonathan Schanzer

America’s foreign policy challenges are mounting. From North Korea and Iran to ISIS and Russia, the news cycle churns with reports of new threats and new concerns. more...

11th October 2017 – The Atlantic

Ending America’s Paralyzed Iran Policy

Jonathan Schanzer

Decertifying the nuclear deal without walking away gives the Trump administration an opening to confront the Islamic Republic’s foreign meddling. more...

2nd October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

‘Hasm’ claims responsibility for attack targeting Myanmar embassy in Cairo

Jonathan Schanzer

The Egyptian militant group, Hasm, claimed responsibility yesterday for its attack against Myanmar’s embassy in Cairo a day earlier, noting that it was a response to Myanmar’s treatment of Rohingya Muslims. “This bombing served as a warning to the embassy of murderers, killers of women and children in the Muslim... more...

29th September 2017 – Foreign Affairs

How Washington Can Counter the Rise of Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer, Orde Kittrie, Alex Entz

Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia and political party, is now the most powerful actor in Lebanon. Since 2006, Hezbollah’s last declared conflict with Israel, the group has amassed military hardware to rival that of a formal standing army and evolved into Lebanon’s most important political power broker. For those who view Hezbollah as a destabilizing force, with links both to terrorism and to Iran, the question is how best to counter this rise. more...

22nd September 2017 – The New York Post

Stand up against these terror groups to bolster the US-Egypt alliance

Jonathan Schanzer

There’s a way for the White House to demonstrate its support for Egypt in non-monetary terms. It can sanction two terrorist groups that continue to attack Egypt: Hasm and Liwaa al-Thawra. Such a move would send an important message to the people of Egypt and show America’s own commitment to fighting terror. more...

11th September 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

There is one step Mr. Abbas could take to demonstrate that he is taking Congress seriously: He could issue a definition of terrorism to his own people. Remarkably, the Palestinian Authority’s “Basic Law” does not mention terrorism. The State Department says that although the PA has criminalized acts of terror, it lacks legislation “specifically tailored to counterterrorism.” more...

22nd August 2017 – The Hill

Trump’s right: It’s time to end the timetables for Afghanistan

Jonathan Schanzer

In his recent speech, President Trump ended a number of counterproductive practices that have badly harmed U.S. efforts Afghanistan. more...

6th August 2017 – Newsweek

Qatar’s Support Of The Worst Of The Worst In Libya Must End

Jonathan Schanzer

Libya’s eastern-based government joined Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt in cutting ties with Qatar in June, with Foreign Minister Mohammed al-Deri asserting that Doha was “harboring terrorism.” The move reflected longstanding grievances expressed by Libya’s non-Islamist forces about Qatar’s sponsorship of extremists in the war-torn country. And while the meddling in Libya doesn’t get a lot of coverage, it remains one of the key grievances of Qatar’s foes in the current diplomatic crisis. more...

2nd August 2017 – RealClearDefense

Hamas to Remain on the EU Terror List

Toby Dershowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) on July 26 rejected the assessment of its advocate general who had concluded in September that the right paperwork was not filed in the evidence that kept Hamas on Europe’s terrorism list between 2010 and 2014. more...

23rd June 2017 – The Hill

These days, it’s the clash of the Arabian Gulf cash in Washington

Jonathan Schanzer

A nasty internecine conflict has erupted in the Arabian Gulf. Led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), a gaggle of Arab states have singled out the tiny emirate of Qatar for backing a wide range of terrorist groups and fomenting regional unrest through its sponsorship of the Muslim Brotherhood. more...

15th May 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

There’s No Such Thing as the ‘Arab Street’

Jonathan Schanzer

Washington has stopped trying to figure out the “Arab Street.” From what I can tell it happened somewhere around Nov. 9, 2016. America is probably better off for it. more...

11th May 2017 – Newsweek

By Hosting Hamas, Qatar is Whitewashing Terror

Jonathan Schanzer

After getting booted from their first two hotels in Qatar over concerns of violating U.S. terror finance sanctions laws, Hamas leaders held a press conference last week at the Sheraton Grand Doha hotel to announce the release of a new political document. more...

29th April 2017 – Newsweek

Russia Risks a Showdown with Israel Over Hezbollah in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

Back in 1967, Moscow shrugged when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran, cutting shipping routes to the Israeli port of Eilat—Israel’s only one in the Red Sea. Egyptian and Syrian troop movements on the Israeli border — coupled with Nasser’s fiery rhetoric threatening mass slaughter — paved the way for war. All the while, Moscow fed the Egyptians and Syrians erroneous information about Israeli troop movements. more...

20th April 2017 – New York Post

Time for the US to stop Qatar’s support for terror

Jonathan Schanzer

Secretary of Defense James Mattis is on a Mideast tour to “continue efforts to strengthen regional security architectures.” While his meetings in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel are likely to attract most of the press coverage, his discussions in Qatar Saturday could be the most consequential. more...

13th April 2017 – Vocal Europe

Interview on Islamic State Networks in Turkey with Foundation for Defence of Democracies

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Islamic State Networks in Turkey – a report published recently by Merve Tahiroglu and Jonathan Schanzer of Foundation for Defence of Democracies (FDD) based in Washington D.C. more...

29th March 2017 – FDD Press

Islamic State Networks in Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu, Jonathan Schanzer

The year 2016 was catastrophic for Turkey. At least 30 terror attacks across the country took more than 300 lives. Ankara survived a bloody military coup attempt in July, which claimed the lives of an additional 290. more...