Analysis & Commentary


13th September 2018 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

Inside Steven Mnuchin’s ‘resistance’ to Trump’s Iran strategy

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Stealing documents off President Trump’s desk isn’t the only way his top aides are trying to prevent him from taking action on foreign policy. Several administration officials claim that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has found another way to “resist” the president’s...

10th September 2018 - FDD Research Memo

Foreign Investment in Iran: Multinational Firms’ Compliance with U.S. Sanctions

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

When President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran, he ushered in a high-stakes competition between the United States and Europe to determine whether unilateral U.S. sanctions could impose overwhelming pressure on Iran, or if European governments could protect the economic...

5th September 2018 - FDD Report

Understanding the Chinese Communist Party’s Approach to Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Zack Cooper

The United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are engaged in an increasingly intense political, economic, and military competition spanning not only throughout East Asia, but also around the globe. In this competition, China uses cyber means to enhance its strategic position...

29th August 2018 - Quoted by Faith McDonell in Juicy Ecumenism

The Art of Deceit: Turkey, America, and Pastor Andrew Brunson

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

As the world watches, the United States and Turkey are engaged in a struggle over the fate of an American pastor. Brunson, 50, is just one of several other Americans and three Turkish nationals who work for the U.S. government that have been unjustly imprisoned by President Recep Tayyip...

28th August 2018 - Quoted by Amir Tibon in Haaretz

Nikki Haley: UNRWA Must Be Reformed Before Trump Offers Support

U.S. ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said on Tuesday that the Trump administration wants to see reform at UNRWA, the UN agency in charge of assisting Palestinian refugees and their descendants, as a condition for fully supporting it. Haley also said that the Palestinian Authority is...

16th August 2018 - Quoted by Tracy Wilkinson - Los Angeles Times

Pompeo announces Iran Action Group to ramp up pressure on Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

In an effort to ramp up pressure for political changes in Iran, the State Department has set up a task force to coordinate punitive measures, including sanctions and oil boycotts, Secretary of State Michael R. Pomeo said Thursday.

16th August 2018 - Quoted by Zachary Cohen - CNN Politics

Pompeo announces new US push to create “major changes” in Iran’s behavior

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Thursday that the Trump administration is establishing an interagency task force aimed at cracking down on Iran.

15th August 2018 - Quoted by The National Interest

Bad News: ISIS Has Just As Many Fighters In Iraq And Syria As It Did 4 Years Ago

Thomas Joscelyn

The U.S.-led coalition to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria may have routed the terror group from its urban strongholds in Mosul and Raqqa, but new reports from both the Department of Defense and United Nations reveal that tens of thousands of ISIS fighters are still lurking across the war-torn...

13th August 2018 - Quoted by Michael Verfürden- Handelsblatt

This is how the Turkish currency crisis hits you

Aykan Erdemir

Donald Trump is the cowboy of world politics. Only that the US President does not target his opponents with a weapon, but with his smartphone. The tweets he puts down are like bullets that make the legs of his opponents dance. And now such a Twitter bullet hit Turkey.

12th August 2018 - Quoted by ABC Color

Washing in the Triple Border

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Israeli report reveals details about the modus operandi of money laundering in the Triple Border area, a fact that is linked to the Lebanese clan Barakat in what would be the financing of the terrorist group Hezbollah.

12th August 2018 - BBC

BBC World Service

Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan Erdemir joins BBC to examine Turkey's recently announced plan to stabilize the lira in spite of recent economic turmoil.

10th August 2018 - Kurdistan 24

Turkish delegation left US with no agreement

Aykan Erdemir

In the first extended official US comments following Wednesday’s meetings between the US State Department and Turkey’s Foreign Ministry, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert confirmed that the crisis in US-Turkish relations persists.

25th June 2018 - FDD Research

Kaspersky and Beyond: Understanding Russia’s Approach to Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Boris Zilberman

One of the most iconic images of the 20th century is that of U.S. Army troops wading ashore onto Omaha Beach from their landing craft on June 6, 1944 under Nazi machine gun fire to create a beachhead for the Allies. The beachheads of the future, however, are being established today in cyber...

18th June 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Taliban rejects ceasefire extension, resumes attacks on ‘internal puppets’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has rejected a request by the Afghan government to extend its short-lived ceasefire. “Mujahideen throughout the country are ordered to continue their operations against the foreign invaders and their internal puppets as before,” the group said in a short statement published...

31st May 2018 - FDD Research

Erdogan’s Hostage Diplomacy: Western Nationals in Turkish Prisons

Aykan Erdemir, Eric S. Edelman

21st May 2018 - FDD Research

Iran: The Shi’ite Imperial Power

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The sectarian wars in Iraq and Syria have fundamentally changed the Islamic Republic. They have become arenas for a new militant Shi’ite solidarity that has crossed the Arab Persian divide: Iranian-led, non-Iranian militias, thousands strong, now fight in foreign lands.

21st May 2018 - Co-authored by Brig. Gen. (Res.) Prof. Jacob Nagel - FDD Research Memo

Deal or No Deal, The IAEA Must Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen, Jacob Nagel

Although the United States is withdrawing from the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) retains both the right and the obligation to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program.

18th May 2018 - Co-authored by Alex Entz - The Weekly Standard

How the US Can Keep Venezuela from Becoming a Failed State

On Sunday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro will face his country’s hungry, impoverished voters. The election will be neither free nor fair, so another win for the corrupt Socialist party is almost guaranteed. Already, Western countries are rightly rejecting the outcome.

17th April 2018 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

State Sponsors of Terrorism: An Examination of Iran’s Global Terrorism Network

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since its establishment, the Islamic Republic of Iran has viewed Latin America as a fertile ground for the export of its revolution. Tehran wants the Western Hemisphere to become a hotbed of anti-Americanism and a forward operating base for Iran.

5th April 2018 - FDD's CSIF Research Memo

Pushing Back on Putin: Gaining Leverage with Cheaper Oil and Gas

Pasi Eronen, Boris Zilberman

For three years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemed immune to the dual stresses of increasingly tighter economic sanctions and stubbornly low oil prices. He has maintained covert pincers on Ukraine sovereignty, captured a diplomatic and military foothold in Syria, and attacked the...

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