Analysis & Commentary


16th March 2018 - Tablet Magazine

In the Aftermath of an Assassination Attempt Against the Palestinian PM, Conspiracy Theories Abound

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emerged visibly shaken but unscathed after an assassination attempt on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip. The soft-spoken former academic arrived in Gaza to open a sewage plant and attend some political meeting. He had barely crossed into Northern...

16th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Crown Prince Must Improve Saudi Human Rights Record to be a True Reformer

Varsha Koduvayur

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Trump. The prince has won praise from Western leaders for bold reform initiatives, including the expansion of women’s rights – especially the right to drive – as well as calls for...

16th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Iraq’s 2018 Budget Deadlock Deepens Tensions Ahead of Elections

Romany Shaker

On March 3, the Iraqi Parliament adopted a budget of about 104 trillion Iraqi dinars ($88 billion) for 2018, the first since the country declared “full victory” over the Islamic State. However, both Kurdish and pro-Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Shiite factions have sharply criticized...

15th March 2018 - Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia Can Win Islam’s War of Ideas

John Hannah

When U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the White House later this month, there will be no shortage of urgent issues to discuss — from the crown prince’s ambitious modernization agenda to joint efforts against Iranian aggression. But near the...

15th March 2018 - Co-authored by Asaf Romirowsky - The National Interest

Iran’s Role in the Boycott Israel Campaign

Benjamin Weinthal

The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment movement, better known by the acronym BDS, targeting Israel has largely been viewed as a Palestinian- and Western European-driven campaign with the alleged goal of advancing Palestinian statehood. Yet the Islamic Republic of Iran’s key role in stoking...

14th March 2018 - The Wall Street Journal

The Pyongyang-Tehran Axis

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Defying precedent and conventional wisdom, President Trump says he’ll meet in May with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump wants a sustainable deal that leads to North Korean denuclearization. The president’s critics scoff, and even his supporters are rightly skeptical. But Mr....

14th March 2018 - The Hill

From Iran to North Korea, opportunities await Trump’s new secretary of State

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Research Fellow Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the implications of Mike Pompeo’s nomination to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of State. Behnam argues that Pompeo can positively impact U.S. coercive diplomacy with intransigent adversaries like the two nuclear-minded rogue regimes in...

14th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Abused Western Dual-Use Technology to Inject Spyware

Aykan Erdemir, Trevor Logan

Turkey’s leading internet service provider, Turk Telekom, in which the Turkish government owns a minority golden share, has been reportedly using web-filtering technology to install spyware on customers’ computers – an allegation the company denies. The Citizen Lab, an award-winning...

14th March 2018 - Long War Journal

LWJ Exclusive: US quietly continues Yemen air campaign

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The United States’ air campaign in Yemen has shown no signs of slowing down. US forces conducted 12 airstrikes against terrorist groups in Yemen over the last month that were not publicly announced, FDD’s Long War Journal has learned.

13th March 2018 - Fox News

Pompeo faces challenges from North Korea, Syria and Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Trump’s announcement Tuesday that he has removed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and will nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to head the State Department will likely leave Pompeo spending most of his time in his new job dealing with three nations: North Korea, Syria and Iran....

13th March 2018 - The Washington Times

A pope and a grand imam

Clifford D. May

Pope Tawadros II had planned to spend last week on retreat in a monastery near Alexandria. But then Mohammed bin Salman, on a three-day visit to Egypt, asked to see him.

13th March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German Ambassador Praises Iranian Holocaust Denier, Politician

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s ambassador to the Islamic Republic of Iran Michael Klor-Berchtold praised last week Ali Larijani, the head of Iran’s quasi-parliament and a well-known denier of the Holocaust.

13th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Prosecutor Seeks Life Sentence for U.S. Pastor

Aykan Erdemir

A Turkish prosecutor today demanded a life sentence for U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson on charges of “leading a terrorist organization.” The North Carolina pastor, who is a member of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, served a small Protestant congregation without incident for over two...

12th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Oman Needs to Prevent Iranian Weapons Shipments to Houthis

Nicole Salter

Secretary of Defense James Mattis arrived in Oman yesterday to meet with Omani Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said. Among other things, the two are discussing the war in Yemen and Iranian arms trafficking through Omani territory to Yemen’s Houthi rebels.

12th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Turkistan Islamic Party highlights joint raids with the Afghan Taliban

Bill Roggio

The Turkistan Islamic Party (TIP), a largely Uighur jihadist group that is affiliated with al Qaeda, released a new video over the weekend highlighting its joint operations alongside the Taliban in Afghanistan.

10th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Afghan special forces hit hard in deadly Taliban ambush

Bill Roggio

The Taliban killed at least 10 Afghan commandos and several other security personnel during an ambush in Farah province last night. Security in Farah has been slipping over the past two years as the Taliban has focused efforts in the western province.

9th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

President Trump Accepts Kim Jong Un’s Invitation for U.S.-North Korea Summit

Mathew Ha

On Thursday, President Donald Trump agreed to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for a bilateral summit to achieve permanent denuclearization. Chung Eui-yong, South Korea’s national security adviser who just returned from meeting with Kim in Pyongyang, announced at the White House...

9th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Catholic Church in Turkey Attacked – Again

Aykan Erdemir

A lone gunman fired a shot Tuesday evening through the window of the Saint Maria Catholic Church in Trabzon, a city on Turkey’s Black Sea coast. This is the fifth confirmed attack against the church since the assassination of its priest Andrea Santoro in 2006.

9th March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Israel Urges Irish Bank to Shut Accounts of Boycott Group

Benjamin Weinthal

The Israeli government is pushing for the closure of scores of bank accounts provided by the Irish banking giant Allied Irish Bank (AIB) that fund the promotion of anti-Israel boycotts.

9th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force chief: Israel’s destruction the blood debt of Hezbollah commander’s death

Amir Toumaj

Maj Gen Qassem Soleimani, the chief of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Qods Force, addressed last month a commemoration held in Iran for slain Lebanese Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh (AKA Hajj Radwan).


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