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21st November 2017 - FDD Press Release

FDD launches national security and foreign policy podcast “Foreign Podicy”.

Focused on the most consequential foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States today, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has launched a new national security and foreign policy podcast titled “Foreign Podicy.”

1st November 2017 - FDD Press Release

FDD Scholars Secure an Advance Look at bin Laden Documents Released Today by the CIA

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies has obtained the first-ever images of an adult Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, who is being groomed as a leader of al Qaeda. The images are among those found in a large cache of documents collected from the Pakistan compound of Osama bin...

30th October 2017 - FDD Press Release

Former Government Officials and Experts Support Efforts to Fix Iran Nuclear Deal

Following President Donald Trump’s decision to refrain from certifying Iran’s compliance with the Iran nuclear deal under the Congressionally mandated Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (INARA), a group of more than 20 former government officials and Iran, nuclear, and sanctions...

26th September 2017 - FDD Press Release

Despite Financial Strain, Rising Iranian Support Buoys Hezbollah, New FDD Study Finds

As Congress prepares to markup legislation on Thursday to place new sanctions on Hezbollah, a new report from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) finds that the Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist organization is a major player in the Syrian civil war and continues to access roughly a...

31st July 2017 - FDD Press Release

Al-Qaeda in the Arab Pen. Remains Well-Funded, Able to Continue Terror Activities, FDD Study Finds

Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), the Yemen-based terror group that claimed responsibility for the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, makes tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue and likely possesses enough cash reserves to sustain the organization’s ability to carry out...

20th February 2017 - FDD Press Release

Despite Recent Losses, Islamic State Still Threatens North and West Africa, FDD Study Finds

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decline of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria may paradoxically help the group in Africa, particularly as state and non-state actors shift resources from combating ISIL to other urgent issues, giving the group breathing room to regenerate, according to a report issued today by the...

6th February 2017 - FDD Press Release

New FDD Study: Securing American Interests: A New Era of Economic Power

North Korea’s growing use of offensive cyber capabilities to target the international financial system, China’s assertive efforts to undercut U.S. interests in East Asia using its economic clout, and Iran’s continued attempts to undermine Middle East stability and corrupt the...

6th February 2017 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Treasury Department Veteran Daniel Glaser Joins FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

Daniel L. Glaser

Daniel L. Glaser, a 20-year U.S. Treasury Department veteran who most recently served as Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing in the Office of Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, has been named to the board of advisors of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ (FDD) Center on...

18th January 2017 - FDD Press Release

FDD Study:  Qatar and Terror Finance: Private Funders of al-Qaeda

Qatar remains inexcusably negligent in its efforts to halt terror finance, lacking the political will to punish terror financiers that have operated in its territory, according to a report issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). The report, “Qatar and Terror...

16th December 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD’s CSIF Initiates New Project to Study Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Recognizing the significant gap in U.S. strategic thinking about how adversaries may use cyberattacks to disrupt the U.S. economy and threaten its national security, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) is launching a new project to...

5th October 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD Study: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Benefits Most from Iran Deal

The influence and reach of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran’s economy and military is so extensive that it stands to be the largest beneficiary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, negating the notion that the Iran nuclear deal might temper Tehran’s hardline...

29th August 2016 - FDD Press Release

U.S., NATO Should Develop Contingency Plans to Move Military Bases Out of Turkey, FDD Report Finds

Amidst a recent spike in anti-American sentiment in Turkey since the failed coup d'etat in July, and owing to myriad foreign policy disagreements between Ankara and Washington in recent years, the United States and its NATO allies need a contingency plan for alternative military basing...

4th August 2016 - FDD Press Release

Clifford D. May Appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on August 2, 2016 appointed Clifford D. May to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

22nd July 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD Study Highlights the Iran Nuclear Deal as A New Factor in Israel’s Hezbollah Military Calculus

The next war between Israel and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah will be more destructive than previous conflicts, thanks to a massive Hezbollah arms build-up that includes a 150,000-rocket arsenal, and is likely to begin with a minor flare-up that escalates to an all-out...

14th July 2016 - FDD Press Release

Iran Ready to Walk Away from Nuclear Deal with Its Own ‘Nuclear Snapback,’ New Study Finds

Iran has effectively neutralized America’s economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s non-nuclear malign activity by threatening to walk away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if any sanctions are imposed, according to a report from the Foundation for Defense of...

11th July 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD’s Military Edge Project Expands Its Online Database to Track North Korea’s Conventional Arms

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) today expanded its free web-based tool designed to track foreign military capabilities, to now include North Korea’s conventional and ballistic missile arsenals.

27th June 2016 - FDD Press Release

National Security Correspondent Michael Gordon to Be Writer-in-Residence with FDD

Michael R. Gordon will be a Writer in Residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the organization announced today.

2nd June 2016 - FDD Press Release

Putin Using Hybrid Warfare to Challenge United States and Allies, FDD Study Finds

Joe Dougherty, Pasi Eronen

President Vladimir Putin has shifted Russia to a permanent war footing to advance a long-term objective of regaining Soviet-era geo-strategic parity with the United States and its European allies, according to new study by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. This offensive, an attempt...

20th April 2016 - FDD Press Release

Statement by Mark Dubowitz on today’s Supreme Court ruling on Bank Markazi vs. Peterson

Mark Dubowitz

This ruling is a victory for American victims of Iranian terrorism, and a strike against the Iranian regime that has long been a state sponsor of terrorism. Hopefully there will be no further delays in giving victims of Iranian terrorism the compensation they deserve and for which they have...

11th April 2016 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Air Force Veteran John Cappello Joins FDD as Senior Fellow for Military Affairs

John Cappello, a 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, has joined the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) as a senior fellow for military affairs. Cappello will contribute to Military Edge, FDD’s innovative web-based program that tracks the military acquisitions in the...

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