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19th October 2010

Palestinian Pulse: What Policymakers Can Learn From Palestinian Social Media

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has released the first-ever study mining the Arabic-language Palestinian social media environment to determine Palestinian public sentiment and its potential impact on U.S. foreign policy. The report, entitled "Palestinian Pulse: What...

1st October 2010

Addendum to Iran’s Energy Partners Report

Mark Dubowitz

Since Iran’s Energy Partners: Companies Requiring Investigation Under U.S. Sanctions Law was published, four companies listed by FDD in this report have announced plans to stop doing business in Iran.

15th September 2010

Iran’s Chinese Energy Partners

Mark Dubowitz

The report highlights the significant business ties that several Chinese companies maintain within Iran's energy sector, which is largely controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an entity designated by the U.S. Treasury for its support of Iran's nuclear program and terrorism....

5th August 2010 - FDD Press

Iran’s Energy Partners

Mark Dubowitz

The report highlights the significant business ties that these companies maintain within Iran's energy sector, which is largely controlled by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, an entity designated by the U.S. Treasury for its support of Iran's nuclear program and terrorism.

26th July 2010

EU Council Decision of 26 July 2010

In July 2010, the Council of the European Union announced new restrictions against Iran targeting the Islamic Republic's energy, trade, transport, banking, and insurance sectors.

9th June 2010

Resolution 1929

The new sanctions freeze the assets of 40 additional companies and organizations and ban the regime from pursuing ballistic missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons.

20th May 2010

The Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater: Militant Islam, Security & Stability

Clifford D. May, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

What is the optimal strategy for the United States and its allies to pursue in Afghanistan? Observers across the political spectrum agree that military operations alone are not enough to secure Afghanistan against a powerful insurgency linked to global jihadism. There is increasing consensus...

18th February 2010

Leadership vs. Leaderless Resistance: The Militant White Separatist Movement’s Operating Model

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

White separatism today bears little resemblance to the movement a decade ago. At that time, the movement could have been described as inhabiting the furthest political margins, yet it was visible due to its outspoken leadership and controversial public demonstrations.

25th January 2010

Iran Energy Monitor: 1/25/2010

FDD’s records show that British energy giant BP ended its gasoline sales to Iran in November 2008. BP appears to have been motivated by the prospect of looming gasoline sanctions after determining that its billions of dollars in U.S. investments were not worth risking for gasoline profits...

12th January 2010 - Doubleday

The Strong Horse: Power, Politics, and the Clash of Arab Civilization

Soon after the World Trade Center towers fell, leaving ashes floating over journalist Lee Smith’s Brooklyn neighborhood, he left for Cairo to find out “why the Arabs hate us.”

20th November 2009

CTR Vantage: The Luqman Abdullah Shooting and Cause Celebre Islam

The Center for Terrorism Research (CTR) at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies is proud to present its second issue of CTR Vantage. This issue examines the Oct. 28 shooting of Detroit imam Luqman Abdullah by FBI agents.

13th October 2009

Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West

Michael Ledeen

Acknowledging the existence and actions of evil enemies means accepting that we are at war, and then designing and conducting a strategy to win. Accomplice to Evil takes a comprehensive look at the errors we have made in the past when dealing with a mounting enemy force, why we’ve refused...

29th July 2009

Terrorism in the West 2008

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Center for Terrorism Research has released its newest report, Terrorism in the West 2008, by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Joshua D. Goodman, and Laura Grossman. Terrorism is not a new phenomenon, nor is it likely to disappear anytime soon.

5th June 2009 - Briefing prepared for the House Foreign Affairs Committee

The Lebanese Elections and Hezbollah’s Agenda

Tony Badran

On Sunday, June 7, Lebanon will go to the polls to elect a new parliament. News reports and analyses are abuzz with the possibility of the emergence of a new parliamentary majority comprised of a Hezbollah-led coalition.

20th May 2009

Iran Missile Test Test Shows Need for Gasoline Sanctions

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) said that Iran’s successful test of a medium range missile showed the need for tough sanctions and other steps to stop Iran from importing the gasoline that it needs to fuel its economy and military.

16th May 2009

Hezbollah’s Agenda in Lebanon

Tony Badran

In recent years, from the late 1990s until the present, it has become commonplace to read and hear arguments and speculation about what Hezbollah's agenda is in Lebanon.

24th April 2009

Fixing Our Pakistan Problem

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A deadly suicide bombing hit India's embassy in Kabul on July 7, 2008. After the U.S. learned that the attack may have implicated rogue elements of Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), American strategic planners decided that the U.S. needed to deliver a stern...

13th April 2009 - Briefing prepared for the House Foreign Affairs Committee

Intelligence Briefing #006: Algeria’s Elections

On April 9, 2009, President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a third term with 90.24% of the vote. Paving the way for his re-election, the Algerian Parliament voted in favor of a constitutional amendment that abolished presidential term

1st April 2009

Homegrown Terrorists in the U.S. and U.K.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Center for Terrorism Research has released its newest study, Homegrown Terrorists in the U.S. and U.K.: An Empirical Study of the Radicalization Process, by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross and Laura Grossman.

24th January 2009

Egyptians’ Nuanced Approach to the Gaza Crisis

Speaking with Egyptians in Cairo and the Nile Delta during my recent visit, it was evident that the war in Gaza elicited passionate expressions of anger against Israel. However, while Israel remained the primary target of Egyptian outcry, as it traditionally is, the general reaction was far...

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