Analysis & Commentary


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, Salon.com

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.

1st July 2011 - Quoted by Al Jazerra English

US ‘Extends Drone Strikes to Somalia’

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a counterterrorism expert at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, told Al Jazeera that the attack in Somalia emphasised America's new approach to counterterrorism, which favours "surgical strikes".

30th June 2011 - Quoted by Joshua Foust

Google Wants to Fight Extremism, But It Needs to Understand It First

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

While such motivations are undoubtedly a motivation for extreme behavior, forming a global program to combat radicalization requires some understanding of what you are combating.

29th June 2011 - Quoted by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu, Arutz Sheva

Obama’s ‘Fantasy’ Rejects Bringing Home Envoy from Syria

Tony Badran

The Obama administration’s insistence to try to “engage” Assad is a measure of its “fantasy, Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in Now Lebanon.

24th June 2011 - Syndicated

The Rush Limbaugh Show

Michael Ledeen

Dr. Ledeen's blog on President Obama's gaffes.

21st June 2011 - Cited by the New English Review

Abu Khaled Toameh: Palestinians in Disarray Dimming Peace Push by Obama

Jonathan Schanzer

This looks like the fulfillment of what Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, DC has argued expressly would be a likely outcome both in his book, Hamas versus Fatah: the Struggle for Palestine and in his recent commentaries.

20th June 2011 - Quoted by Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News

Persecution of Christians, Gays Ignored By Media

Benjamin Weinthal

Benjamin Weinthal, a journalist and research fellow with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, blamed the lack of coverage of persecution of either gays or religious minorities on a "soggy appeasement policy" in Europe and the United Kingdom.

20th June 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Quiet Cheers For a Delay in Egyptian Elections

Khairi Abaza of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies echoes this sentiment. Having recently been in the region, he tells me, “The country is going through a debate that polarized the Egyptian politics.

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