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4th October 2011 - Cited by Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz

Washington’s Stance on Israel and Mideast Peace is Murky

John Hannah

At a conference organized by the neo-conservative groups Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Hudson Institute on Capitol Hill yesterday on "The U.S.-Israel Relationship: Twenty Years after Oslo,"

30th September 2011 - Cited by J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy

Gone but Not Forgotten

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Counterterrorism expert Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, in his book, Bin Laden's Legacy: Why We're Still Losing the War on Terror, borrows the analogy of Muhammad Ali's "rope-a-dope" to describe al Qaeda's strategy for fighting the West.

30th September 2011 - Interviewed by Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online

Neapolitan Delight

You might be used to reading him on Iran and freedom. But in Virgil’s Golden Egg and Other Neapolitan Miracles: An Investigation into the Sources of Creativity, Michael Ledeen focuses on a different kind of freedom: the freedom that comes from seemingly endless creativity.

30th September 2011 - Cited by Michael Hirsh, National Journal

Wiping Them Out One by One

Bill Roggio

Inside Pakistan, before bin Laden, those killed by drones on Obama’s orders in the last two years include Baitullah Mehsud, overall leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan; Mustafa Abu Yazid, al-Qaida's leader in Afghanistan and top financial official...

29th September 2011 - Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Pentagon Terror Plot Foiled

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, the author of Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror and a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, “It is very hard to stop a lone-wolf attack once it is in progress.

28th September 2011 - Cited by Rob Crilly, Islamabad, Ashfaq Yusufzai in Peshawar and Dean Nelson in New Delhi, The Telegraph

Osama bin Laden’s Bodyguard Freed by Pakistan

As the security coordinator of the Black Guard, the elite unit charged with protecting bin Laden, he would once have been in close contact with the al-Qaeda leader, according to The Long War Journal which has profiled the Afghan-born doctor.

28th September 2011 - Cited by Michaela Bendikova, The Heritage Foundation

Experts Confident in Ballistic Missile Defense Testing Program

Two experts in missile defense—Lieutenant General Henry A. Obering III (ret.), former director of the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and Rebeccah Heinrichs, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies—wrote a letter countering Yousaf Butt’s claim that the ballistic...

24th September 2011 - Cited by Douglas Birch, AP

Iran’s Nuclear Setbacks: More Than Just Bad Luck?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Reuel Marc Gerecht, a former CIA officer now at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies think tank, said a faction within Iran's government might have ordered the assassinations. He said one researcher supported Iran's persecuted opposition, while the others may have been suspected of...

23rd September 2011 - Cited by Eltaf Najafizada and James Rupert, Bloomberg

Afghans Say Taliban’s Top Pakistan-Based Leaders Sent Peace Envoy’s Killer

About 30 of the Taliban’s most prominent leaders have served on the shura in recent years, and many of the group’s members may have dispersed to Karachi or other cities to escape possible U.S. attack, according to the Long War Journal, a U.S.- based monitoring group on the Afghan war....

21st September 2011 - Cited by Eltaf Najafizada and James Rupert, San Francisco Chronicle

Taliban Bomber Waited Days to Give Afghan Peace Envoy Lethal Hug

Mullen said the U.S. will take "appropriate action" against further Haqqani attacks on its forces, while declining to offer details. Since January 2008, nearly a quarter of the 254 U.S. missile strikes in Taliban-dominated areas of Pakistan have targeted Haqqani's guerrillas, according to a...

21st September 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Obama’s Middle East Dead End

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies sees a real danger that such talks “will put power back into the hands of the Quartet and President Obama. They will be able to use this as leverage to push the Israelis on concessions for peace.

20th September 2011 - Asharq Alawsat

Abbas Rejects US Corruption Allegations

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian Authority has received repeated warnings from the US not to pursue statehood recognition via the UN. Chairwoman of the US House Appropriations Foreign Operations Subcommittee, Republican Congresswoman Kay Granger recently sent a forceful message to President Abbas, telling...

19th September 2011 - Quoted by Lara Setrakian, Business Insider

Did Turkey Turn On Israel To Boost Business From The Arab World?

Jonathan Schanzer

But the strategic calculus is harder to crunch. ‘Turkey has quite a bit to lose here,’ said Jonathan Schanzer, analyst in Washington. ‘NATO is looking sideways at it right now, wondering whether it’s a reliable partner. And you have the U.S. questioning its alliance.’

19th September 2011 - Interview by Kathryn Jean Lopez, National Review Online

After Bin Laden, Same as Before?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Is the economic crisis a sign that, even after death, Bin Laden stings at us? Counterterrorism researcher Daveed Gartenstein-Ross is the author of the provocative new book Bin Laden’s Legacy: Why We’re Still Losing the War on Terror, and he discusses it here with National Review...

16th September 2011 - Quoted by IPT News

Media Ignores Abbas/Hamas Electricity Scam

Jonathan Schanzer

In congressional testimony Wednesday, Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies provided the intrepid Washington press corps what should be an important scoop: that one of the largest recipients of U.S. foreign assistance, the Palestinian Authority, is helping the...

16th September 2011 - Quoteed by Natasha Mozgovaya, Haaretz

U.S. Congress Mulls Cutting PA Funding, Closing PLO Mission in Light of UN Bid

Jonathan Schanzer

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the former terrorism finance analyst at the U.S. Department of Treasury, argued that despite the fact that the Palestinian government lead by Fayyad was lauded for its transparency, Abbas was...

15th September 2011 - Quoted by Rick Richman, Commentary

Who Owns the Palestine Investment Fund?

Jonathan Schanzer

Yesterday the House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing to re-examine U.S. aid to the Palestinian Authority in light of its plan to go to the UN rather than negotiate with Israel.

15th September 2011 - Quoted by Paul Richter and Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times

EU Sanctions on Syria Oil and Gas Industry Come with Loopholes

Mark Dubowitz

The EU appears close to approving new sanctions that would bar European companies from new investments in the Syrian energy sector. But companies may continue working under existing contracts, a loophole that may be large enough "to sustain Syria's energy sector for the short to medium term...

15th September 2011 - Cited by IPT News

Hearing: U.S. Must Respond if UN Declares Palestinian State

Jonathan Schanzer

But "Fayyad has been sidelined" by Abbas, who "has consolidated power, and… is now abusing it," said Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. One particularly egregious example is the Palestine Investment Fund, created in 2002 to manage and allocate money and...

15th September 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

A U.N. Vote: A Loss for Israel and a Humiliation for the U.S.

Jonathan Schanzer

I spoke this morning with Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, who testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday. Before his testimony he went to the Middle East to glean information about the upcoming vote and the reaction of Palestinians to...

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