Analysis & Commentary


24th September 2012

FDD Applauds Congress and Treasury for New Iran Sanctions

On the eve of Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s appearance at the United Nations General Assembly, the United States Congress and Department of the Treasury have made the timely decision that Iran’s national oil company is an agent of the country’s most ruthless military branch....

7th September 2012

FDD Applauds Canada for Terminating Ties with Iran

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies congratulates the Government of Canada for terminating its ties with Iran. This morning, Ottawa moved to designate Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism, close its embassy in Tehran, and expel all remaining Iranian diplomats.

20th August 2012

FDD Releases Groundbreaking Volume on Terrorist Groups in Canada

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies Press has released a groundbreaking volume on terrorist groups operating in Canada. Canada has seen a full range of terrorist groups operate with its borders, including those that profess nationalist, religious, political, ecological and...

31st July 2012

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies Applauds Progress on Iran Sanctions

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) applauds Congress for reaching bipartisan consensus in support of legislation that significantly increases pressure on Iran over its illicit nuclear activities and targets the Iranian and Syrian regimes for their human rights abuses.

24th July 2012 - FPI/FDD

Policy Experts Urge President Obama to Take Immediate Action to Establish Safe Zones in Syria

A bipartisan group of sixty-two foreign policy experts and former U.S. government officials signed an open letter today urging President Obama to adopt a strategy that will help the Syrian people quickly end the Assad regime.

7th May 2012

مؤسسة الدفاع عن الديمقراطيات  تصدر دراسة متطورة عن وسائل الإعلام الاجتماعية السعودية

واشنطن العاصمة («مؤسسة الدفاع عن الديمقراطيات»، ۱۹ آذار/ مارس ۲۰۱۲) - أصدرت «مؤسسة الدفاع عن الديمقراطيات» دراسة أولى من نوعها عما يعِظ به المتطرفون من...

7th May 2012

FDD Releases Cutting Edge Study of Saudi Social Media

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies has released the first-ever study of what radical Saudi Wahhabists are preaching to their followers about the United States and non-Muslims on social media sites.

10th April 2012 - FPI/FDD

What Obama Must Do in Syria After the Failed Annan Plan

A Joint Bulletin of the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)

15th March 2012

FDD Applauds SWIFT for Expelling Iranian Banks

SWIFT, a top clearinghouse for international financial transactions, announced today that it will expel Iranian banks in response to European Union sanctions. The Brussels-based Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Transactions announced in a statement on Thursday that it would stop...

7th March 2012

FDD Applauds Bipartisan Efforts to Close Loopholes in Iran Sanctions

In the coming days, a bipartisan group of congressmen will introduce legislation to close loopholes Iran exploits to circumvent sanctions over its illegal nuclear pursuits. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies applauds Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rep. Brad Sherman (D-CA) for developing...

17th February 2012

FDD Welcomes SWIFT’s Commitment to Expel Iranian Banks, Encourages Follow Through

SWIFT, a top clearinghouse for international financial transactions, announced today that it is ready to expel Iranian banks in response to pending European Union and U.S. sanctions impacting financial communication service providers.

17th February 2012 - FPI/FDD

Foreign Policy Experts Urge President Obama to Take Immediate Action in Syria

Fifty-six foreign policy experts and former U.S. government officials signed an open letter today urging President Obama to act more assertively to stop the Assad regime’s continuing atrocities against Syrian civilians.

17th January 2012

FDD Academic Fellows Application

Please complete this application and send it together with a passport size photo to the address below. You may also email a completed application with a scanned photo to academicfellows@defenddemocracy.org.

6th January 2012

FDD Mourns the Loss of Newton D. Becker

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Newt Becker, a great mentor, supporter and friend of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies. We express our deepest condolences to Rochelle, David and to his entire family.

19th December 2011 - FPI/FDD

Foreign Policy Experts Urge President Obama to Take Action Against Assad

Forty-nine foreign policy experts and former U.S. government officials signed an open letter today urging President Obama to act more assertively to stop the Assad regime’s continuing atrocities against Syrian civilians.

8th November 2011 - FPI/FDD

Towards a Post-Assad Syria

A Discussion Paper Prepared by the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) for the Syrian Working Group

3rd November 2011

FDD Welcomes New Director for Canada

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies proudly welcomes its first Director of Policy for Canada. Sheryl Saperia will expand FDD's national security work among Canadian policymakers, media and allied organizations.

2nd November 2011

FDD Welcomes Lee Smith and James Kirchick as Fellows

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies proudly welcomes two new scholars to its ranks. Lee Smith, of the Weekly Standard, and James Kirchick, of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, have both joined FDD as fellows.

25th October 2011 - Policy Options for U.S. Response

The Assad Regime’s Continuing Mass Murder of Syrians

Long a sponsor of terrorism beyond its borders, the Syrian government is now waging an internal war against its own people. The United Nations reports that President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces have killed over 3,000 civilians and detained 30,000 more since the country’s...

13th September 2011

Majority of Americans Favor Israeli Stand on Terrorism

More than two of every three Americans (68%) agree that it is reasonable for the Israeli government to insist on an end to suicide bombings and other acts of terrorism before making concessions to the Palestinians. Only 19% view this as an unreasonable pre-condition. The rest gave some...

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