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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)...

25th March 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Report Calls on Obama to Urge Reform in Riyadh as Religious Incitement Persists in Saudi Schools

Though first noted as problematic more than a decade ago by the Department of State, incitement and hatred continues to be taught from government textbooks to students...

21st February 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Issues Report Outlining Turkey’s Terror Finance Challenges

More than a decade into the effort to curb terrorism financing, the U.S.-led sanctions regime is facing a direct challenge – and it’s coming from a NATO ally.

19th February 2014 - FDD Press Release

Clifford May To Write Weekly Column for Washington Times

Cliff May, who has fashioned a career in foreign affairs as impressive as it is unique, today launched a weekly column at The Washington Times called “Foreign...

27th January 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Launches New Website on the Military Balance in the Middle East

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) today launched an innovative new website, MilitaryEdge.org, designed to help users gain a better understanding...

19th December 2013 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Bipartisan Senate Sanctions Bill Against Iran

In an effort to hold Iran accountable to the nuclear agreement it reached last month in Geneva with the P5+1 countries, a bipartisan group of senators...

29th October 2013 - FDD Press Release

FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer Releases New Book on Palestinian Governance

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies announced the release of a new book today by Jonathan Schanzer, titled State of Failure: Yasser Arafat,...

2nd October 2013 - FDD Press Release

New Report on the Impact of Sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Exchange Reserves

As Congress considers action on a next round of Iran sanctions and with the next round of P5+1 talks with Iran just two week away, the Foundation for Defense...

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