Analysis & Commentary

13th December 2012 - Quoted by Benjamin Wittes, Lawfare

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on the Future of Preventive Detention

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies has a chapter in this new book, entitled “The Future of Preventive Detention Under International Law” (see pp. 257-266).

11th December 2012 - Quoted by Hugh Macleod, Salon

Damascus Under Siege

Six months after being driven out of central Damascus, rebel fighters are battling to gain control of it. They have launched a concerted campaign against military bases and the international airport...

11th December 2012 - Quoted by Ashish Kumar Sen, The Washington Times

Obama Gives Syrian Rebels Recognition

President Obama said on Tuesday that the United States will formally recognize a coalition of Syrian opposition groups as that country’s legitimate representative, intensifying pressure on President Bashar...

10th December 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Morsi Retreats, a Little

Jonathan Schanzer

The Post reports that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s repeal of part of his controversial decree has not quelled protests. “Opposition leaders called for more protests after Morsi refused to cancel a...

10th December 2012 - Quoted by Sara Miller Llana and Bastien Inzaurralde - Christian Science Monitor

On Europe’s Foreign Agenda: How to Handle Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

Compared with Americans, Europeans express more sympathies with Palestinians in their dispute with Israel. But their elected officials do not necessarily share that majority view, at least diplomatically...

10th December 2012 - Cited by Daniel Pipes, The Washington Times

Islamists are Worse Than Dictators

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Who is worse, President Mohammed Morsi, the elected Islamist seeking to apply Islamic law in Egypt, or former President Hosni Mubarak, the dictator ousted for trying to start a dynasty? More broadly...

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Where’s Chabot? ‘We Kind of Go to Interesting Places’

Jonathan Schanzer

Rep. Steve Chabot is known as a fiscal and social conservative who has crusaded against abortion and in favor of slashing spending. The Cincinnati congressman has another passion, though...

9th December 2012 - Quoted by Taimur Khan, The National - UAE

Is the US ‘War on Terror’ Still Tenable?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

With America's "war on terror" now focused far beyond its original targets in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the legal justifications for it have become increasingly irrelevant and untenable, even to those waging it.

9th December 2012 - Quoted by Paul Alster, Fox News

How Close Did Israel Just Come to Its Own Cuban Missile Crisis?

Jonathan Schanzer

Hundreds of Iranian-made, long-range missiles already smuggled into Gaza provided a secret sense of urgency behind Israel's recent campaign against Hamas, and the the Jewish state acted with the Obama...

7th December 2012 - Quoted by Jay Solomon and Keith Johnson, The Wall Street Journal

US Renews Exemptions From Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration reissued waivers that exempt nine countries, including China, India and Turkey, from fully complying with U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's oil exports, as the U.S. attempts to...

7th December 2012 - Quoted by Catherine Herridge, Fox News

Al Qaeda Expansion in Libya Part of Long-Term Terror Vision?

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda's expansion in Libya, following the successful terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on Sept. 11, is part of a long-term plan by Al Qaeda senior leadership...

7th December 2012 - Quoted by Louis Jacobson, PolitiFact

Al-Qaida’s Core is Weakened, but Some Affiliates are Growing

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In analyzing how well Barack Obama has fulfilled his promise to "crush al-Qaida,” the rating depends heavily on how you define "al-Qaida.” In interviews with terrorism experts, we found broad agreement that...

7th December 2012 - Cited by Roberta Rampton, Reuters

New Iran Sanctions Measure to ‘Lock Up’ Oil Earnings-US Official

The United States has aggressively ramped up its use of financial sanctions this year to pressure Iran to stop pursuing nuclear weapons, but a measure that takes effect in February could have the most...

7th December 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Ambassador Ford: Hey, Syria’s a Mess

Ambassador Robert Ford, who has served in Syria bravely in the face of physical danger, spoke in Washington, D.C., at a conference held by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

6th December 2012 - Cited by Jamie Crawford, CNN

Syria’s Assad Regime has Fight Left Despite Rebels’ Advances

While Syrian rebel forces have made significant military advances on the ground against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad in recent days, the U.S. ambassador to Syria says there's no imminent end...

6th December 2012 - Quoted by Alex Rowell, NOW Lebanon

Syrian Rebels Gain, But For How Long?

The resignation of Syrian Foreign Ministry spokesman Jihad Makdissi on Monday is just one of a series of recent setbacks for the embattled regime of President Bashar al-Assad. The news follows a week...

6th December 2012 - Cited by CQ News

Royce Remarks on NDAA at FDD

Congress Girds to Resist White House Pressure to Ease Iran Sanctions Language By Emily Cadei, CQ Roll Call The lawmakers who backed the latest round of sanctions against Iran will be fighting to...

6th December 2012 - Cited by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

UN Envoy Says Clinton, Lavrov to Work Together on Syria

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with United Nations Special Envoy Lakhdar Brahimi today, renewing a diplomatic push to end Syria’s civil war.

6th December 2012 - Cited by Michael R. Gordon and Ellen Barry, The New York Times

UN Envoy Is Seeking a Deal to Oust Assad From Syria

With the support of the United States, the United Nations special envoy on Syria is mounting a diplomatic push for a brokered agreement that would lead to the ouster of the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad...

6th December 2012 - Cited by Katie Glueck, Politico

US Ambassador Warns Syria

If the Syrian government crosses American “red lines” by using chemical weapons against its own people, that will “change our calculations in a fundamental way,” Robert Ford, the U.S. ambassador to Syria...


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