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3rd April 2014 - House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Assessing Terrorism in the Caucasus and the Threat to the Homeland

Bill Roggio

Chairman King, Ranking Member Higgins, members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here to discuss the terrorist threat emanating from the Caucasus.

2nd April 2014 - Quoted by Haitham wl-Tabei, Agence France-Presse

Egypt Police General Killed in Cairo Campus Blasts

David Barnett

Two bombs targeting security posts near Cairo University exploded in quick succession Wednesday killing a police general, followed...

24th March 2014 - FDD Press

Textbook Diplomacy

David Andrew Weinberg

With President Obama poised to visit Saudi Arabia at the end of this month, America’s relations are strained with the Kingdom. The Saudis do not trust America’s nuclear deal...

6th March 2014 - Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Syria Spillover: The Growing Threat of Terrorism and Sectarianism in the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The war in Syria has already produced tremendous ripple effects internationally, and they will only widen over time. The impact the Syria war will have on this generation...

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. Turkey's

18th February 2014 - International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague

Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia’s Shift to Jihad

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the fall of Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, the country has been challenged by the growth of a domestic salafi jihadist movement.

11th February 2014 - House Committee on Homeland Security, Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence

Al Qaeda’s Expansion in Egypt

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman King, Ranking Member Higgins, members of the committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss al Qaeda’s presence in Egypt. The uprisings...

4th February 2014 - Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Negotiations on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Mark Dubowitz

Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, members of the Committee, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), thank you for inviting...

4th February 2014 - House Armed Services Committee

The Arab Spring and Al-Qaeda’s Resurgence

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Chairman McKeon, Ranking Member Smith, distinguished members of the committee, it is an honor to appear before you to discuss the state of al-Qaeda, its affiliates...

20th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

World Bank Data: Iran’s Economy Recovering

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s economy is showing early signs of recovery. In its recently-released Global Economic Prospects report, the World Bank projects that Iran’s real 2014...

13th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

With Sanctions in Doubt, Trade Delegations Flock to Iran

Ali Alfoneh

Upon the announcement of the implementation of the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) between Iran and the six world powers (P5+1) on Sunday, President Barack...

10th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Banking Provisions in the Joint Plan of Action Between Iran and the P5+1

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Sanctions against Iran’s banking sector have restricted Iran access to financial markets and services. Iran’s exclusion has had an impact on its ability to procure...

9th January 2014 - FDD Iran Sanctions Analysis

Early Signs of an Iranian Economic Recovery

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. Senate has 51 bipartisan co-sponsors for new legislation that would impose sanctions on Iran if it cheats on its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action...

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...

10th December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Costs for Iran of Walking Away from Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. Senate is working on new legislation that would impose sanctions on Iran if it cheats on its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) reached...

9th December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Geneva Joint Plan of Action and Iran’s Petrochemical Sector

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Joint Plan of Action (JPA) signed on November 24 between Iran and the P5+1, stipulates a set of mutual concessions for a six-month period while...

21st November 2013 - Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs

Political, Economic, and Security Situation in Africa

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Kaine, Ranking Member Risch and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the security situation in North Africa.

13th November 2013 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Examining Nuclear Negotiations: Iran After Rouhani’s First 100 Days

Mark Dubowitz

After Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s first 100 days in office, the Islamic Republic is still repressing its own citizens, and contributing to the slaughter of Syrian...

9th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Dollar Value of the Proposed Sanctions Relief at Geneva

Mark Dubowitz

The P5+1 is negotiating an interim nuclear deal with Iran to freeze in place its illicit nuclear program. Based on open source reporting,

29th October 2013 - Palgrave Macmillan

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...

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