Analysis & Commentary


22nd October 2017 - Quoted by Lailuma Noori - The Kabul Times

CIA chief’s new remarks on Pakistan show US further pressure on Islamabad

CIA Director Mike Pompeo in his recent speech in the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank in Washington has said the United States would do everything if could to bring the Taliban to the negotiating table in Afghanistan, but has added it could not be achieved if the militants...

22nd October 2017 - Quoted by Calgary Jewish Federation

In Washington, Israel’s defense chief praises US efforts for ‘moderate’ Mideast coalition

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, meeting with his counterpart, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis, said it was in the best interest of both countries to forge alliances with “moderates” in the Middle East.

20th October 2017 - Quoted by Press Trust of India

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20th October 2017 - Quoted by BBC News

CIA chief: North Korea ‘on cusp’ of nuclear capability

CIA director Mike Pompeo has warned that North Korea is on the cusp of being able to hit the US with a nuclear missile.

18th September 2017 - FDD Research Memo

Certifying Iran’s Compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Tzvi Kahn

On August 31, major Western media outlets reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had once again certified Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. is assertion, which purported to reflect the IAEA’s seventh and latest post-implementation report on Tehran’s...

31st August 2017 - FDD Research Memo

Verifying Section T of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) made at best a general statement in its last quarterly reporting (spring 2017) about its monitoring and verification of Section T, annex 1 of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). This innovative, key section closes a loophole in the...

18th August 2017 - Institute for Science and International Security

Revisiting Parchin

Olli Heinonen

Fear of derailing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and facing political pressure led the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the summer of 2015 to negotiate a problematic arrangement with Iran regarding nuclear weapons development activities at a site at the Parchin...

17th July 2017 - Briefing at the Annual Meeting of the Institute of Nuclear Material Management (INMM)

A return to transparent safeguards reporting

Olli Heinonen

This paper reviews changes introduced in recent years by the Secretariat to the Safeguards Implementation Report (SIR) in providing less information about inspection goal attainment while adding more financial information.

11th July 2017 - Prometheus Books

The Last Palestinian: The Rise and Reign of Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

The Last Palestinian, drawing from interviews with key figures in the West Bank, Israel, and Washington, is the first English biography of Abbas.

19th April 2017 - FDD Research

Auditing Standards for Clients Doing Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

This CSIF discussion memorandum provides an assessment of the responsibilities of an external auditing accounting firm whose clients are doing business with Iran. It covers auditing, disclosure, and reporting.

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.

20th February 2017 - FDD Press

Islamic State 2021

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State (referred to in this report as ISIL) has seen its prospects in North and West Africa grow increasingly dim since early 2015. ISIL has experienced significant losses in North Africa in the past year, especially in Libya, which was once ISIL’s most valuable territory...

13th February 2017 - Briefing at the Open Debate of the United Nations Security Council

Nuclear Terrorism: Renewed Thinking for a Changing Landscape

Olli Heinonen

We all recognize that a nuclear accident anywhere is a nuclear accident everywhere. So are the ramifications from nuclear terrorism. We are fortunate that we have so far not experienced any acts of nuclear terrorism.

6th February 2017 - FDD Press

Securing American Interests: A New Era of Economic Power

American economic power has become an increasingly critical national security tool in recent years. For well over a decade, the United States has leveraged the size of its economy, the centrality of the dollar, and America’s ability to set economic and financial global standards and norms...

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...

13th January 2017 - FDD Research

Should Boeing and Airbus sell planes to Iran Air?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In January 2016, Airbus inked a deal to sell 118 planes to Iran Air, the Islamic Republic’s flag carrier, and in June of that year, Boeing announced it had reached a deal for the sale of 100 aircraft as well. In September, the U.S. Department of the Treasury issued initial export licenses...

18th November 2016 - FDD Event

Transcript of Cyber Warfare in the Next Administration

Samantha F. Ravich

Transcription of the discussion of the range of cyber threats facing the next administration, including “hybrid warfare” being waged by Russia as described in FDD’s recent report.

6th October 2016 - FDD Event

Transcript of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East

Juan Zarate, Mark Dubowitz

Transcript of the discussion to mark the release of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East by Jay Solomon, chief foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.

25th August 2016 - FDD Press

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.

12th August 2016 - Research Memo

Russia and the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

Pasi Eronen

For a decade, Russian President Vladimir Putin has been working to overturn pillars of the post-war political and economic order in Europe. Among attacks aimed at bolstering Moscow’s strategic position, Russian intelligence agencies have funded extremist political parties that challenge...

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