Analysis & Commentary


23rd March 2018 - New York Daily News

With John Bolton, the Iran deal ‘nixers’ have an upper hand over the ‘fixers’

Mark Dubowitz

My long-standing hope for a fix to the fatal flaws of Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal may have just gone on life support with the appointment of John Bolton as President Trump’s national security adviser. While we are both strong critics of the deal, Bolton and I have dueled it out in...

23rd March 2018 - War on the Rocks

Death of a General: What Shaban Nasiri Reveals About Iran’s Secretive Qods Force

Amir Toumaj

One of the most experienced founding members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and its secretive expeditionary Qods Force was Shaban Nasiri – a general who died near Iraq's Mosul last year after stepping on an improvised explosive device. In his latest op-ed for War on the Rocks, Amir...

23rd March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

PayPal Shuts Account of French BDS Group with Links to Terrorism

Benjamin Weinthal

The US online payment service PayPal on Thursday pulled the plug on the account of the French branch of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) - an organization that Israel has accused of aligning itself with pro-Palestinian terrorists who murdered three civilians in Tel Aviv in 2003...

22nd March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German FM Rejects Predecessor’s Characterization of ‘Apartheid’ Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s new Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday again parted ways with his predecessor’s anti-Israel rhetoric, saying he rejects labeling the Jewish state an “apartheid regime.”

22nd March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany Stalls Iran Talks Over Labelling Hezbollah as Terrorists

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s government tossed a wrench into the ongoing Iran nuclear talks with the United States, rejecting a US demand to designate the entire Hezbollah organization as terrorist and blaming the Trump administration for its pro-Israel policies.

22nd March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Senate Vote Reflects Growing Congressional Concern over Yemen

Varsha Koduvayur

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 55-44 to block a joint resolution to end U.S. military support to Saudi forces in Yemen. The resolution, timed to coincide with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to the White House, reflects congressional concern about Yemen, in particular the...

22nd March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

United Nations Report Highlights North Korea Sanctions Violations

Mathew Ha

Last week, the UN Panel of Experts released its latest report on sanctions violations by North Korea and its enablers. The contents of the report indicate that the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign is working, yet there remains much to be done to ensure that Western...

22nd March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

The Saudi Crown Prince is in Washington and Has Iran on His Mind

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, the first stop on the prince’s two-and-half-week tour of the United States. Saudi Arabia is looking for American reassurance and support on a wide range of issues related to the Iranian...

21st March 2018 - Interviewed by Mercy A. Kuo - The Diplomat

Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: Assessing US Strategy

Samantha F. Ravich

Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Samantha Ravich – Principal Investigator on two projects at the...

21st March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda chief says America is the ‘first enemy’ of Muslims

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab has released two new messages from al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in recent days. In the first, he again criticizes Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's Islamic State, accusing it of sowing dissent in the jihadists' ranks. In the second, Zawahiri reminds jihadists and Muslims that his...

21st March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab south of Somalia’s capital

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces conducted nine strikes in Somalia this year, all of which have targeted al Qaeda's affiliate in the country.

21st March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes near shrine in Afghan capital

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Khorasan branch quickly claimed responsibility for an attack near a shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Sunni jihadists regularly target Shiite civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

21st March 2018 - The Canadian Jewish News

Standing up for Iranian Women

Sheryl Saperia

Maryam Mombeini, the wife of a Canadian-Iranian professor who died in a Tehran prison under suspicious circumstances last month, was detained by Iranian authorities while trying to board a flight to Canada on March 8 – International Women’s Day.

20th March 2018 - Fox News

Germany at odds with US on condemning Hezbollah in Iran talks

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s government has refused to agree to a key U.S. demand to designate the entire Lebanese Islamic militia Hezbollah -- and not just a piece of it -- a terrorist organization as part of talks to rein in the nuclear program in Iran.

20th March 2018 - Hoover Institute

Why Offense is the Best Defense Against Russia and Iran in Syria

Tony Badran

In January, the Trump administration unveiled its strategy for Syria. In an address at the Hoover Institution, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson laid out five key objectives, in the process, made clear that the top priority was containing Iran. The US, he said, would deny Iran the “arch”...

20th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military will not pursue Taliban into Pakistan

Bill Roggio

A US military spokesman also said that the military would be fine if the Taliban was operating on the Pakistani side of the border just as long as Afghanistan was secured.

20th March 2018 - Hoover Institution

The Syrian Great Game

Reuel Marc Gerecht

By definition “great games” are complicated with lots of moving parts. Battles on the ground, intense, myriad, and sometimes fratricidal, always connect, however indirectly, to the larger collision of great powers. In Syria, the tug-of-war is a lopsided affair, where Iran, Russia, and...

20th March 2018 - The Washington Times

The Egyptian riddle

Clifford D. May

With presidential elections coming up on March 26, Egypt’s capital is festooned with campaign billboards and posters. That’s an encouraging sight in the Middle East, and yet I sense that something is amiss. It takes me a while to realize what: The posters and billboards all feature one...

20th March 2018 - Texas National Security Review

Policy Roundtable: What Is the Future of the Jihadist Movement?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In summer 2010, the National Intelligence Council organized a small, one-day conference with Europe-based academics to get their read on possible futures for the jihadist movement. I was one of the approximately twenty participants. Osama Bin Laden was still alive, but the core al-Qaeda...

20th March 2018 - Real Clear Defense

Saudi’s Young Leader Arrives to a Washington Divided Over Yemen

Alexandra N. Gutowski, Varsha Koduvayur

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince and architect of its war in Yemen, will meet President Trump at the White House on Tuesday. The crown prince has undertaken an ambitious reform agenda at home, but the war in Yemen has upset U.S.-Saudi relations at a critical...


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