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Analysis & Commentary - Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer's Latest Books and Briefings

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...

25th August 2016 – FDD Press

Covering the Bases

Covering the Bases

John Cappello, John Hannah, Jonathan Schanzer

The Republic of Turkey has been a reliable staging point for U.S. forces for more than six decades. Turkish bases have historically provided the U.S. military easy access to multiple theaters without having to build new infrastructure or forge new agreements. more...

18th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Third Lebanon War

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

In August 2015, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released its first-ever public strategy paper, highlighting the complex challenges to Israel’s national security. Notably, it was not Iran’s nuclear program nor its ballistic missile development that ranked as the greatest threats to Israel, but rather its regional clients and proxies. Chief among those was the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah. One year later that assessment still held, with IDF Chief of Staff Lt. General Gadi Eizenkot declaring that Hezbollah was the IDF’s “main enemy,” posing “the most serious threat to Israel.” more...

3rd February 2016 – FDD Press

Nuclear Deal: Impact on Iran-Turkey Economic Relations

Nuclear Deal: Impact on Iran-Turkey Economic Relations

Jonathan Schanzer

The recent implementation of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) will have a profound impact on the Middle East. From heightened tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia to Iran’s ability to finance terrorist proxies with sanctions relief, there are many reasons for Iran’s neighbors to worry. But not every country is fraught with concern. Turkey has hailed the deal as a diplomatic success. more...

2nd June 2015 – FDD - Roubini Report

Turkish Medium-Term Economic Scenarios: The Costs of Policy Stasis

Turkish Medium-Term Economic Scenarios: The Costs of Policy Stasis

Jonathan Schanzer

The majority of the analysis on Turkey’s general elections, to be held on June 7, has focused on the domestic political ramifications of President Erdoğan’s more...

24th February 2015 – CSIF Launch Event

New Threats from Illicit Finance in the Middle East and Africa

Jonathan Schanzer, Thomas Joscelyn

What challenges do the U.S. and its allies face in combatting the threats of illicit finance, not only today but over a longer horizon? more...

19th November 2014 – FDD Press

Bordering on Terrorism

Bordering on Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Southeastern Turkey has now become a jurisdiction for terrorism finance, weapons smuggling, illegal oil sales, and the flow of fighters to Syria. This pipeline serves the interest of several terrorist organizations, including Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and the Islamic State (IS). 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...

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...

1st May 2014 – FDD Press

Allies, Adversaries & Enemies: America’s Increasingly Complex Alliances

Allies, Adversaries & Enemies: America’s Increasingly Complex Alliances

Jonathan Schanzer, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn, Reuel Marc Gerecht, David Andrew Weinberg, Tony Badran, Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Clifford D. May

This volume examines the growing problem of American allies that simultaneously act as Washington’s adversaries or even enemies. This phenomenon, which has markedly grown in recent decades, can be discerned in the U.S.'s bilateral relationships with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, all four of which are examined in extended case studies in this volume. more...

20th February 2014 – FDD Press

Terrorism Finance in Turkey: A Growing Concern

Jonathan Schanzer

More than a decade into the effort to curb terrorism financing, the U.S.-led sanctions regime is facing a direct challenge – and it’s coming from a NATO ally. more...

10th December 2013 – FDD Iran Sanctions Analysis

The Real Value of Auto Sanctions Relief to Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

American sanctions on “Iran's auto industry, as well as sanctions on associated services,” like insurance, transportation and financial, will be suspended... 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...

16th July 2013 – FDD Video Analysis

Jonathan Schanzer on the Current Crisis in Egypt

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's vice-president of research Reuel Marc Gerecht analyzes the situation in Egypt following the removal of Mohamed Morsi. 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...

18th May 2012 – House Committee on Homeland Security

Terrorist Financing Since 9/11: Assessing an Evolving al Qaeda and State Sponsors of Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer

Chairman Meehan, Ranking Member Higgins, and members of the subcommittee, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, thank you for the opportunity to testify. more...

7th May 2012 – FDD Press

Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and Social Media

Facebook Fatwa: Saudi Clerics, Wahhabi Islam and Social Media

Jonathan Schanzer

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies has released the first-ever study of what radical Saudi Wahhabists are preaching to their followers about the United States and non-Muslims on social media sites. 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...

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...