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14th May 2015 - FDD Press Release

Veteran National Security Expert John Hannah Joins FDD as Senior Counselor

John Hannah

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies announced that John Hannah, former non-resident senior fellow with FDD and national security advisor to the Vice President, joined the organization full time as its Senior Counselor. Hannah also has served as deputy director of The Washington...

22nd April 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD’s Schanzer and Zarate Testify about Terror Finance Threats

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

As Congress and the administration explore ways to stem the threat of terrorists destabilizing important regions and attacking U.S interests and those of its allies, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), and Juan Zarate,...

24th March 2015 - FDD Press Release

New FDD Report Provides In-Depth Analysis of Iranian Leaders Engaged in Nuclear Talks

A new monograph released today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies explores in depth the personalities and motivations of three Iranian leaders who are currently deeply engaged in the Iranian nuclear negotiations with the United States.

18th March 2015 - PR Newswire

La FDD lanza el sitio AlbertoNisman.org para alojar documentos clave e información actualizada sobre

La Foundation for Defense of Democracies (Fundación para la Defensa de las Democracias) lanzó hoy AlbertoNisman.org, un recurso para funcionarios gubernamentales, el cuerpo diplomático, los encargados de formular políticas, periodistas, la comunidad jurídica y otra partes interesadas en...

18th March 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Launches AlbertoNisman.org to House Key Documents and Updated Information

Washington, DC -- The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today launched AlbertoNisman.org, a resource for government officials, the diplomatic corps, policy makers, journalists, the legal community and others interested in the work of the late Argentinian prosecutor.

10th March 2015 - FDD Press Release

New Report Documents Saudi Rights Abuses That Harm U.S. Interests

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Andrew Weinberg is the principal author of a new report outlining the dangerous consequences that could result if the United States continues to condone or ignore human rights abuses by the Saudi Arabian government.

26th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

New Report by FDD Scholar Outlines Civil War in Libya

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A new report authored by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, outlines how Libya’s civil war between the Dignity and Dawn campaigns empowers jihadist groups like the Islamic State and threatens the safety of Europe.

12th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Establishes ‘Alberto Nisman Award For Courage’ To Honor Heroic Argentine Special Prosecutor

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today established the “Alberto Nisman Award for Courage” to honor the late Argentine special prosecutor who worked tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 terrorist bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center.

11th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Needs To Avoid Alliances With Iranian Proxies In Middle East, FDD Scholar Tells Congress

Tony Badran

Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that Iran’s interest in becoming a Middle Easter power extends beyond the goal of nuclear weapons, and the United States must resist forming de facto alliances...

4th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

Iranian Economy Will Continue To Grow Despite Cheaper Oil Prices and Current Sanctions, Report Finds

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their ninth joint report today that found that the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) will continue to allow Iran’s economy to grow, despite the recent steep decline in the price of oil.

4th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Should Take Steps to Weaken PLO and Return as Peace Process Arbiter, FDD Scholar Tells Congress

Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday that the United States must take action to ensure that the Palestinian bid at the International Criminal Court fails.

27th January 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Senior Fellow Tells Congress of ‘Deep Concerns’ About State of Negotiations with Iran

John Hannah, former national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, told a congressional committee Tuesday that the United States’ concession to allow Iran to continue to enrich uranium will make it very difficult for them to reach a permanent nuclear agreement.

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.

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