Analysis & Commentary

20th July 2018 - Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Religion and Secularism in Central Asia

Clifford D. May

Kazakhstan is one of the ten largest countries in the world, yet most Americans couldn’t find it on a map. Today, the former Soviet Republic is an anti-Islamist, Muslim-majority nation, yet most Americans have no idea we have friends there. To learn more about this distant and intriguing...

19th July 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Refusal to Release American Pastor Elicits Strong Bipartisan Reaction

Aykan Erdemir

A Turkish court refused yesterday to release U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson, detained for 21 months on trumped-up charges of terrorism and espionage. Brunson is one of the more than 50 Western nationals, residents, and employees arrested on dubious charges as part of Turkish strongman Recep...

19th July 2018 - Quoted by Sophie Hares - Reuters

FEATURE-Are the Caribbean’s wealthy new citizens a lifeline or a liability?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Investing in the tropical Mount Cinnamon Resort in Grenada, with its white sand beaches, buys more than a slice of paradise - it comes with citizenship and a passport with visa-free entry to almost 130 countries.

19th July 2018 - Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

US supports peaceful protests in Iraq

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

“We support people’s rights to peacefully protest,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert explained, as she responded to a question from Kurdistan 24 about the popular demonstrations in Iraq that have now entered their second week.

18th July 2018 - Quoted by Guiame

Pastor teve libertação negada pela Turquia, mas pregou Evangelho no tribunal

Aykan Erdemir

As esperanças foram frustradas diante da possibilidade de libertação do pastor americano Andrew Brunson, preso na Turquia por acusações de terrorismo. A próxima audiência foi marcada para 12 de outubro.

18th July 2018 - Quoted by Joshua Gill - The Daily Caller

Turkey defies US demands, rules American pastor will stay imprisoned

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish authorities ruled Wednesday that an American pastor held on dubious charges of espionage would remain imprisoned, despite the U.S.’s repeated demands for his freedom.

18th July 2018 - Quoted by Erem News

Turkish Parliament: Erdogan’s policy “contradictory” and gave legitimacy to Assad in Syria

Aykan Erdemir

Before announcing the election results in Turkey , Turkish People's Party leader Kemal Klitsdaroglu asked the crowd: "When you talk in the phone, are you talking reassuringly? Are you worried to find out that you are being eavesdropped? If you have fear or concern, it means that this country...

18th July 2018 - Axios

U.S. and Europe continue to butt heads on Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Secretary of State Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin recently rejected a European appeal for sanctions exemptions for firms conducting business with Iran.

18th July 2018 - Real Clear Defense

Putin Needs Iran in Syria

Alexandra N. Gutowski

Following their meeting in Helsinki, Donald Trump hailed Vladimir Putin as a potential partner in Syria, who can provide humanitarian relief and preserve Israeli security.

18th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban, Islamic State continue battle in northern Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Scores of jihadists from both the Taliban and the Islamic State’s Khorasan province have been killed in several skirmishes in northern Afghanistan over the past two weeks. The clashes have mainly taken place in the northern provinces of Jawzjan and Sar-e-Pul, areas in which the two have...

18th July 2018 - The Washington Times

Make NATO great again

Clifford D. May

NATO’s first Secretary General, Lord Hastings Lionel Ismay, articulated the military alliance’s mission succinctly: “Keep the Soviet Union out, the Americans in, and the Germans down.”

18th July 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Sunni jihadists and Assad regime swap civilians and prisoners

Thomas Joscelyn

Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) and Bashar al-Assad’s regime are conducting another swap of prisoners and civilians. The exchange centers on residents of Kefraya and al-Fouah, two predominately Shiite towns in the northern province of Idlib.

18th July 2018 - i24 News


Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins i24 News to discuss Iran's plans to build a factory to build uranium enrichment centrifuge components.

18th July 2018 - Alhurra

Free Hour

Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan Erdemir joins Free Hour to discuss the imprisonment of American Pastor Andrew Brunson in Turkey.

18th July 2018 - Quoted by Ismaeel Naar - Al Arabiya

Why is the US now taking a serious look at Muslim Brotherhood threat

Jonathan Schanzer

Experts who recently testified at a US Congressional hearing looking into the Muslim Brotherhood have lauded Republican efforts into reviving a bill designating the group as a terrorist organization but said that much more needs to be done.

18th July 2018 - Quoted by World Watch Monitor

Hopes dashed for release of pastor Andrew Brunson as Turkish trial to continue in October

Aykan Erdemir

Hopes were dashed for the imminent release of an American pastor jailed in Turkey on terrorism charges as a Turkish court today ordered him to remain behind bars.

18th July 2018 - Quoted by Liberty McArtor - The Stream

American Pastor Andrew Brunson Will Remain in Jail, Says Turkish Court

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

Hopes for Pastor Andrew Brunson’s release were dashed Wednesday, when a Turkish court pushed his next hearing to October 12.

18th July 2018 - Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

Trump blasts Montenegro, questions NATO mutual defense

John Hannah

Days after a widely slammed summit with his Russian counterpart, President Donald Trump drew fresh scorn Wednesday for questioning NATO's undergirding principle and for attacking "tiny" Montenegro, whose accession to the alliance enraged Moscow.

17th July 2018 - Quoted by The Tower

Former U.S. Ambassador: In Wake of Trump-Putin Summit, Israel Must Protect Its Own Interests

Mark Dubowitz

Despite commitments from both United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to look after Israeli security interests in Syria, Israel will have to “ensure its interests are protected,” Daniel Shapiro, the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, wrote in an op-ed...

17th July 2018 - Quoted by Rosie Gray - The Atlantic

Trump’s Performance With Putin Creates a Career Dilemma for His Aides

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday has set off a bigger-than-usual backlash, provoking criticism from both the right and the left.


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