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Does Raid in Somalia to Take Out a Much-Wanted al-Qaida Operative Show New Side of AFRICOM?

“I don’t think it’s a blip on the radar. I suspect there is more to come and that you’re going to see more of this in the future,” said Olivier Guitta, a counterterrorism expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, a think-tank focused on Islamic extremist terror...

US Senate Banking Panel Passes Iran Sanctions Bill 23-0

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, which tracks companies doing energy business with Iran, said from August through October the main suppliers include Vitol Holdings, Trafigura, Total SA (TOT), Royal Dutch Shell (RDSA), Reliance Industries (500325.BY), Independent Petroleum Group...

Hezbollah, Iran May Get ‘Arm’ Inside U.N. Security Council

Analysts point to the influence wielded by the Iranian-funded Hezbollah in Lebanon as a cause for concern over Lebanon’s acceptance into the Security Council. Walid Phares, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Fox News contributor on terrorism, was one of the...

How To Prepare for a Hazmat Response

It is true that local firefighters must play more of a role in preparing for a disaster - even combating terrorism - said Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, director of terrorism research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Gartenstein-Ross has studied firefighters’ role in counter...

Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-Americans

Most research about Muslim-Americans since 9/11 has tried to explain what might prompt an individual enjoying all the advantages of living in the United States to adopt a radical, violent ideology. 5

As Europe And China Fall in Line, Sanctions Loom Over Iran

France holds the UN Security Council’s presidency this month and is widely expected to bring a resolution calling for strict sanctions. Orde Kittrie, a visiting scholar at the Johns Hopkins University of Advanced International Studies and expert on nuclear nonproliferation and sanctions,...

U.S. Will Use Banks To Thwart Iran Nukes

Jonathan Schanzer, a former Treasury Department intelligence analyst and vice president for research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned that the task force is not a regulatory body.

“Even though the task force has put them on notice, whether the other countries, including...

Expert Says Comedy Central Censorship Signals ‘slow-motion surrender’ in The West

Clifford May, who presides over the Foundation for Defense of Democracies terrorism policy institute, said “it would be nice” to see artists and film directors “really stand up for freedom” and that “it’s really disappointing when they don’t.”

“What we are seeing, if this continues, is a...

Iran’s Efforts to Buy Embargoed Arms Revealed in Italian Case

The Milan arms ring operated undetected for at least three years, authorities say, allegedly moving - or trying to move - sniper scopes, various types of munitions, explosive chemicals, helicopters, parachutes, helmets and scuba gear worth millions of dollars. The cast of characters includes...

Middle East RSS Feed Iran to Step Up Nuclear Fusion Research

Foundation for the Defense of Democracies senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi has written extensively about Iran’s nuclear program.  He argues that it makes more sense that Iran would want to harness nuclear fusion for military than for civilian purposes.

“If the Iranians had this wonderful...

He Qinglian: Google’s China Problem is Far From Over

The first person who revealed to the world the inglorious cooperation between the Chinese government and American high-tech companies was Greg Walton, a U.S. writer who focuses on the globalization of technology and its impact on human rights and democracy. As far back as 2001 Walton had...

Rhetoric and Reality: Countering Terrorism in the Age of Obama

Heightened suspicion of and pressure upon American Muslims will be counterproductive. It will be far more effective to engage such communities as partners, taking seriously their concerns about civil liberties and avoiding demonization.21

21. Thanks to Daveed Gartenstein-Ross for this...

Iran Issues A Catalog of Approved Hairstyles for Men

“The crackdown is real. It’s constant, widespread and broadening,” said Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, an expert on Iran and senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. “It’s hardly surprising that this would be so because a regime that is under siege and vulnerable...

As Trial Draws Near, Omar Khadr Lays Bare His Angst in Letter to Lawyer

“I’m sure this wasn’t anybody’s choice to have this one go first,” says Thomas Joscelyn, a terrorism analyst and senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

But the United States, he says, would have a hard time simply releasing him given what he’s charged with and who his...

A New Weapon in the War on Terror

Yet the civilian toll appears to be dropping. Two independent tallies,  drawing on the same sources, differ on the toll (mainly because of varying definitions of “civilian”). But both agree it has fallen dramatically. Bill Roggio, editor of LongWarJournal.org, reckons civilian deaths have...

Talking with the Taliban: Smoke or Substance?

Bill Roggio, managing editor of Long War Journal and a respected analyst of the Taliban and al Qaeda, has noted an unusual amount of counter-peace talks rhetoric on the Taliban Web site. For instance, the Taliban posted this statement Monday:

The reconciliation propaganda launched by the...

Gitmo Is Not a Recruiting Tool for Terrorists

If it were, then al Qaeda leaders would emphasize it in their manifestos, statements and Internet postings, mentioning it early, frequently and at length. They don’t.

Tom Joscelyn, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reviewed 34 statements and interviews of top al...

Republicans Seek to Pressure UN Into Reform

Claudia Rosett, journalist in residence for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, testified against the UNDP at the hearing entitled “The United Nations: Urgent Problems that Need Congressional Action.”

“You had North Korean employees handling the checkbook and the accounts. In...

Military Will Chart Egyptian Regime Change

Optimists look to the fall of the Berlin Wall as a model, along with the several Eastern European “colour revolutions” that followed. Writing in the National Post, Khairi Abaza dreamed of “a liberal opening in Egypt” that “could revive the country’s pre-1952 tradition of democratic values.”
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A Region in Rebellion

According to Jonathan Schanzer, former U.S. Treasury intelligence analyst and current Vice President of Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a bi-partisan think tank that studies terrorist groups and their ideologies, “Each country has its own dynamics, but each country...

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