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16th October 2018 - FDD Press

Former Government Officials, Policy Experts Support SWIFT Sanctions on Iran

Washington, D.C., October 16, 2018 – A group of 30 former government officials and Iran experts, in a statement released today, urged the Trump administration to fully enforce U.S. sanctions on banks represented on the board of directors of the SWIFT financial messaging service if the...

3rd October 2018 - FDD Study

North Korean cyber attacks complement its nuclear capabilities: FDD Study

David Maxwell, Mathew Ha

While North Korea’s cyber capabilities cannot match those of China or Russia, Pyongyang’s operatives are making significant improvements and pose a threat to U.S. economic and national security, according to a new report issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)....

10th September 2018 - FDD Research Memo

Major Global Companies are Leaving Iran to Avoid U.S. Sanctions: FDD Study

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Major international corporations are leaving Iran rather than face the risk of unilateral U.S. sanctions, despite the efforts of European governments to neutralize the sanctions’ impact, according to a new report issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

5th September 2018 - FDD Press

Chinese cyber campaigns undermine U.S. prosperity and security: FDD Study

Zack Cooper

(Washington, D.C., Sept. 5, 2018) – China’s wide-ranging cyber intrusions and network exploitations cause massive damage to U.S. firms and cumulatively degrade U.S. national security, according to a new report issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD).

22nd August 2018 - FDD Press

FDD Senior Advisor Samantha F. Ravich Appointed to President’s Intelligence Advisory Board

Samantha F. Ravich

President Donald Trump on Tuesday appointed Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Advisor Samantha F. Ravich, Ph.D. to the President’s Intelligence Advisory Board (PIAB) and designated her to serve as vice chair.

14th August 2018 - FDD Press

Retired Army Colonel David Maxwell Named Senior Fellow for North Korea Policy at FDD

David Maxwell

– David Maxwell, a 30-year veteran of the United States Army and former Special Forces Colonel, has joined Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) as a Senior Fellow specializing in North Korea and East Asia affairs.

11th July 2018 - Co-authored by Matthew RJ Brodsky — FDD Press

FDD study: US Should Develop Syria Policy that Includes Syrian End State Devoid of Iran’s Influence

Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

The Trump Administration should make it established U.S. policy to achieve an end state in Syria that is free of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) forces and officially support Israel’s campaign against Iran in Syria, according to a report issued today by the Foundation for...

25th June 2018 - FDD Press

Russian Tech Companies Give Moscow Potential Beachheads to Infiltrate US Military, Private Sector

While Russian anti-virus company Kaspersky Lab has gained the most international attention, other Russian tech companies are capable of giving Moscow potential beachheads to infiltrate the supply chains of the U.S. national security industrial base and establish backdoors into government and...

21st May 2018 - FDD Press

FDD study: IAEA Obligated to Investigate Military Dimensions of Iran’s Nuclear Program

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is obligated to rigorously investigate all outstanding questions about the possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program regardless of the Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Iran deal, according to...

14th May 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah and its Allies Win more than Half the Seats in Lebanon’s Parliament

Romany Shaker

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared a “great political and moral victory for the resistance” after his party and its allies secured their first-ever majority in Lebanon’s May 6 parliamentary election, the first in nine years. Hezbollah’s success at the polls helps to cement...

26th March 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iran’s Cyber Capabilities Expanded throughout Nuclear Talks

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Treasury and Justice Departments took combined action Friday to designate and indict the Iranian firm Mabna Institute, as well as nine of its contractors responsible for “a coordinated campaign of cyber intrusions.” Between 2013 and 2017, these entities hacked hundreds of...

23rd February 2018 - FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

To Evade U.S. Sanctions, Venezuela Launches the World’s First National Cryptocurrency

Yaya J. Fanusie

This week, the Venezuelan government started selling the “petro,” the world’s first “national cryptocurrency.” The petro’s release is part of the Maduro regime’s strategy to combat the “financial blockade” of U.S. sanctions, yet the petro is likely to find itself just as...

7th December 2017 - FDD Press Release

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Relies On Drugs, Human Trafficking to Fund Terror Activities

“Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: Financial Assessment” finds that AQIM once derived its resources primarily from the kidnapping of foreign nationals for multi-million dollar ransoms. However, extensive analysis of the group shows that AQIM has begun to rely more on its substantial...

1st December 2017 - FDD Press Release

FDD Files Amicus Brief in Support of the Families of Victims of Iranian Terrorism

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief in advance of oral arguments to be heard by the Supreme Court on December 4. The landmark case, Rubin v. Islamic Republic of Iran, will determine whether the families of victims of Iranian terrorism...

21st November 2017 - FDD Press Release

FDD launches national security and foreign policy podcast “Foreign Podicy”.

Focused on the most consequential foreign policy and national security issues facing the United States today, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has launched a new national security and foreign policy podcast titled “Foreign Podicy.”

1st November 2017 - FDD Press Release

FDD Scholars Secure an Advance Look at bin Laden Documents Released Today by the CIA

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies has obtained the first-ever images of an adult Hamza bin Laden, the son of Osama bin Laden, who is being groomed as a leader of al Qaeda. The images are among those found in a large cache of documents collected from the Pakistan compound of Osama bin...

30th October 2017 - FDD Press Release

Former Government Officials and Experts Support Efforts to Fix Iran Nuclear Deal

Following President Donald Trump’s decision to refrain from certifying Iran’s compliance with the Iran nuclear deal under the Congressionally mandated Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (INARA), a group of more than 20 former government officials and Iran, nuclear, and sanctions...

26th September 2017 - FDD Press Release

Despite Financial Strain, Rising Iranian Support Buoys Hezbollah, New FDD Study Finds

As Congress prepares to markup legislation on Thursday to place new sanctions on Hezbollah, a new report from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) finds that the Lebanon-based Shiite terrorist organization is a major player in the Syrian civil war and continues to access roughly a...

31st July 2017 - FDD Press Release

Al-Qaeda in the Arab Pen. Remains Well-Funded, Able to Continue Terror Activities, FDD Study Finds

Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), the Yemen-based terror group that claimed responsibility for the 2015 Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, makes tens of millions of dollars a year in revenue and likely possesses enough cash reserves to sustain the organization’s ability to carry out...

28th June 2017 - FDD Press Release

Treasury Dept. Can Play Critical Role in Helping Somalia Disrupt Al-Shabaab Fundraising

The U.S. Treasury Department can play a critical role in helping Somalia – recently designated as an “area of hostilities” by President Trump – disrupt the fundraising abilities of al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based branch of al-Qaeda that has terrorized the African nation for over a...


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