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27th January 2015 - FDD Press Release

New FDD Report Lays Out The ‘Case for Deadline-Triggered Sanctions’ Against Iran

A new report from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance lays out the arguments for new sanctions against Iran, stressing the value of deadline-triggered sanctions as part of a strategy to reverse the troubling dynamic of decreasing U.S....

27th January 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Executive Director Tells Congress Deadline-Triggered Sanctions Strengthen Negotiating Leverage

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told Congress Tuesday that deadline-triggered sanctions against Iran would strengthen U.S. negotiating leverage and increase the likelihood of a peaceful nuclear compromise.

23rd January 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Names Board of Advisors to Help Guide Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today announced 18 experts who will serve as members of the Board of Advisors for its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). These advisors will provide strategic counsel and help shape FDD research on the convergence of economic and...

12th January 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Announces New Class of Policy Professionals for National Security Fellows Program

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today announced its class of 2015 National Security Fellows.

8th January 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Yaya Fanusie As Director of Analysis For Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies welcomed Yaya J. Fanusie this week as director of analysis for its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF).

10th December 2014 - FDD Press Release

New FDD Report Reveals Depth of Qatar’s Terror Financing

David Andrew Weinberg

Report from FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Names 20 Blacklisted Men, Highlights Lack of Political Will from Qatari Government to Pursue Terror Financiers

20th November 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Executive Director Calls on Congress to ‘Defend the Sanctions Architecture’ As Deadline Nears

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, called on Congress Thursday to “defend the sanctions architecture it was so instrumental in creating” to enforce a nuclear deal that may be announced between the United States and its allies and Iran in the...

19th November 2014 - FDD Press Release

New Report Chronicles Flow of Jihadists, Money to the Islamic State from Turkey

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today released a new report chronicling the terrorism financing, weapons smuggling, illegal oil sales, and fighters streaming from southeastern Turkey into Syria.

19th November 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Launches New Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today unveiled a new project focused on the use of financial and economic tools to combat terrorism and protect and promote national and global security.

31st October 2014 - FDD Press

Iranian Economy In Moderate Recovery Thanks To Sanctions Relief, New Report Finds

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their eighth joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy. The study found the country in the midst of a moderate economic recovery, after bottoming out in the 2013/14...

28th October 2014 - FDD Press Release

New FDD Monograph Explores Role of China in Afghanistan’s Future

A new monograph published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies explores the role China is likely to play in shaping Afghanistan’s future, now that American troops have left the country.

21st October 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Oren Kessler as New Deputy Director of Research

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies welcomed Oren Kessler this week as its newest Deputy Director of Research. Kessler will play a pivotal role in FDD’s demand-driven research, while also helping to shape the output of FDD’s senior fellows and research staff. Kessler will also...

19th September 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Scholar Says ‘Strong Possibility’ Foreign Fighters Could Attack in Europe or United States

WASHINGTON – Thomas Joscelyn, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned Friday that there is a “strong possibility” foreign fighters aligned with the Islamic State or al-Qaeda will return to the United States or Europe to commit an act of terror.

9th September 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Calls on U.S. to Increase Pressure on Qatar, Turkey and Iran to Cease Funding for Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, recommended Tuesday that the United States increase pressure on Qatar and Turkey to cease funding for Hamas. Schanzer, testifying before a House Foreign Affairs joint subcommittee hearing, also said...

22nd July 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes House Approval of Bill Targeting Hezbollah’s Global Threat Network

In a strong sign of bipartisan support for intensified pressure on Hezbollah and its global terrorist network, the House of Representatives voted 404 to 0 to approve the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Brad Schneider...

15th July 2014 - FDD Press Release

Iran Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their seventh joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy.

26th June 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Committee Approval of Bill Targeting Hezbollah’s Global Threat Network

In a strong sign of bipartisan support for intensified pressure on Hezbollah and its global terrorist network, the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously approved the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Brad Schneider...

25th June 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Palestinian Politics Analyst Grant Rumley

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies proudly welcomed Grant Rumley this week as its newest research analyst.

17th June 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Experts Express Concern Over Possibility of U.S.-Iran Cooperation in Iraq

Experts at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) expressed concern over reports that the U.S. government is considering cooperating with Iran to address the security crisis in Iraq.

14th May 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Bipartisan Sanctions Bill Targeting Hezbollah’s International Network

In a strong sign of bipartisan support for intensified pressure on Hezbollah’s international terrorist financing network, United States Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), Marco Rubio (R-FL)...

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