Analysis & Commentary

31st July 2011 - Quoted by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

Obama ‘Horrified’ as Syrian Forces Kill at Least 80 in Hama

Tony Badran

“What the regime is facing here is a tribal insurrection in the east stretching from the north in Deir al- Zor, through the middle in Albu Kamal,” Tony Badran, a research fellow with the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies,” told The Jerusalem Post by email.

29th July 2011 - Cited by Jeff Emanuel, Red State

The Attempted Terrorist Attack by the Face of Peaceful Islam, and the Problems it Presents for Media

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The question of whether Abdo was actually affiliated with al Qaeda has obviously come up (see the noteworthy discussion by Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, J.M. Berger, and Clint Watts on Twitter this morning).

29th July 2011 - Quoted by Adam Serwer, The American Prospect

Is Al-Qaeda On The Ropes?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

I meant to respond to this earlier this week, but I think the notion that al-Qaeda is on the verge of defeat would best be taken with more than a grain of salt.

29th July 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Oh, Yeah, There is an Iran-al-Qaeda Connection

Jonathan Schanzer, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran expert and former CIA analyst Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies was part of that debate. He e-mails me:

28th July 2011 - Cited by Max Boot, Commentary

Whatever the Fate of al-Qaeda, the Islamist Terrorist Threat Remains

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

There is a clear and present danger of premature triumphalism when American counter-terrorism officials proclaim al-Qaeda is “on the brink of collapse.”

22nd July 2011 - Cited by Stars and Stripes

Updates on the Oslo Bombing

Abu Suleiman al Nasser issued a statement saying the bombing was connected to a Dec. 2010 attack in Stockholm, Sweden, according to The Long War Journal, which received a translation of the statement from the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist groups online.

21st July 2011 - Cited by Bernie Quigley, The Hill

Al Qaeda in the Horn of Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jon Huntsman made an interesting comment the other day. He said the al Qaeda terrorism sweeping the world these last decades represents the collapse of old regimes much as collapse swept old Europe and the Ottoman Empire a hundred years ago.

21st July 2011 - Quoted by Alex Thurston, Christian Science Monitor

US is Right to Give Aid to Somalia, Despite Risk of Helping Al Shabab

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The answer to the crisis would seem to be aid from the outside, but control of southern Somalia by al Shabab, an Islamic militia designated as a terrorist group by the US State Department, poses a legal and political wrinkle.

19th July 2011 - Cited by Sarah Glazer, CQ Global Researcher

Organ Trafficking

Gutmann, an American investigative journalist whose estimates of the number of Falun Gong harvesting victims echoes those of Matas, says it’s hard to say what is happening now. He doesn’t trust Chinese government statistics.

19th July 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Do We Have An Iran Policy?

Mark Dubowitz

I spoke to Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies yesterday about the state of the administration’s Iran policy. He was blunt:

18th July 2011 - Quoted by by John Smithies, The Epoch Times

Rally in London Calls For an End to The Persecution of Falun Gong

At an event in the UK Parliament on July 12, investigative journalist Ethan Gutmann said that the persecution of Falun Gong is one of the “clearest cases of genocide in this century”.

18th July 2011 - The New York Times

Taliban Video Shows Execution of 16 Pakistanis

“These are the enemies of Islam who originated from Pakistan,” he says, according to a translation of the statement posted by The Long War Journal, a Web site that specializes in reports on militancy.

16th July 2011 - Quoted by Justin Elliot,

The Secret War in Somalia

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Writing in the Nation this week, Jeremy Scahill revealed that the CIA is running "a counterterrorism training program for Somali intelligence agents and operatives" at Mogadishu’s airport and also using a secret prison in the beleaguered Horn of Africa nation.

15th July 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Middle East Diplomacy Adrift

Jonathan Schanzer

Although the General Assembly action may not be able to grant the Palestinians membership in the U.N., Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies cautions that serious consequences may follow.

14th July 2011 - Quoted by Susan Sachs, The Globe and Mail

General Petraeus leaves a still deadly Afghanistan to head CIA

Bill Roggio

“He’s handing off Afghanistan better than what it was when he took control, but he didn’t get everything he needed and he got outmanoeuvred politically,” said Bill Roggio, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

13th July 2011 - Quoted by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

Egypt Might Postpone Elections Until November

Jonathan Schanzer

“This will definitely come at the expense of the Brotherhood. This has been the wish of the liberal democrats in Egypt since the first day after the fall of Mubarak,” said Jonathan Schanzer, vice president of research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

11th July 2011 - Quoted by Oren Kessler, The Jerusalem Post

Syria’s Opposition Boycotts Government Talks

Tony Badran

“It’s the regime talking to itself, essentially,” said Tony Badran, of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

11th July 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

It’s a Fact: U.S.-Israel Relations at Low Ebb

Jonathan Schanzer

But let’s see where we are today. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies e-mails me while we await the results of the Quartet meeting today

11th July 2011 - Wired

The Panetta Doctrine: Declare Victory, Don’t Go Home

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A forthcoming book from Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a terrorism analyst with the conservative Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, contends al-Qaida’s primary strategy against the U.S. is economic.

4th July 2011 - National Review Online

What July 4 Means to Us

Clifford D. May

July 4 celebrates the birth of the United States and the modern democratic experiment. In the 20th century, both were threatened by Nazis and Communists. In the 21st century both are threatened by Islamists and Jihadists.


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