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1st January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Int’l outcry over imprisoned Iranian rights activist on hunger strike

Benjamin Weinthal

Both Arash Sadeghi and his wife have been jailed by Islamic Republic.

16th December 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD’s CSIF Initiates New Project to Study Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Recognizing the significant gap in U.S. strategic thinking about how adversaries may use cyberattacks to disrupt the U.S. economy and threaten its national security, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) is launching a new project to...

5th October 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD Study: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Benefits Most from Iran Deal

The influence and reach of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran’s economy and military is so extensive that it stands to be the largest beneficiary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, negating the notion that the Iran nuclear deal might temper Tehran’s hardline...

29th August 2016 - FDD Press Release

U.S., NATO Should Develop Contingency Plans to Move Military Bases Out of Turkey, FDD Report Finds

Amidst a recent spike in anti-American sentiment in Turkey since the failed coup d'etat in July, and owing to myriad foreign policy disagreements between Ankara and Washington in recent years, the United States and its NATO allies need a contingency plan for alternative military basing...

4th August 2016 - FDD Press Release

Clifford D. May Appointed to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on August 2, 2016 appointed Clifford D. May to the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

22nd July 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD Study Highlights the Iran Nuclear Deal as A New Factor in Israel’s Hezbollah Military Calculus

The next war between Israel and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah will be more destructive than previous conflicts, thanks to a massive Hezbollah arms build-up that includes a 150,000-rocket arsenal, and is likely to begin with a minor flare-up that escalates to an all-out...

14th July 2016 - FDD Press Release

Iran Ready to Walk Away from Nuclear Deal with Its Own ‘Nuclear Snapback,’ New Study Finds

Iran has effectively neutralized America’s economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s non-nuclear malign activity by threatening to walk away from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) if any sanctions are imposed, according to a report from the Foundation for Defense of...

11th July 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD’s Military Edge Project Expands Its Online Database to Track North Korea’s Conventional Arms

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) today expanded its free web-based tool designed to track foreign military capabilities, to now include North Korea’s conventional and ballistic missile arsenals.

27th June 2016 - FDD Press Release

National Security Correspondent Michael Gordon to Be Writer-in-Residence with FDD

Michael R. Gordon will be a Writer in Residence with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, the organization announced today.

2nd June 2016 - FDD Press Release

Putin Using Hybrid Warfare to Challenge United States and Allies, FDD Study Finds

Joe Dougherty, Pasi Eronen

President Vladimir Putin has shifted Russia to a permanent war footing to advance a long-term objective of regaining Soviet-era geo-strategic parity with the United States and its European allies, according to new study by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. This offensive, an attempt...

20th April 2016 - FDD Press Release

Statement by Mark Dubowitz on today’s Supreme Court ruling on Bank Markazi vs. Peterson

Mark Dubowitz

This ruling is a victory for American victims of Iranian terrorism, and a strike against the Iranian regime that has long been a state sponsor of terrorism. Hopefully there will be no further delays in giving victims of Iranian terrorism the compensation they deserve and for which they have...

11th April 2016 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Air Force Veteran John Cappello Joins FDD as Senior Fellow for Military Affairs

John Cappello, a 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, has joined the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) as a senior fellow for military affairs. Cappello will contribute to Military Edge, FDD’s innovative web-based program that tracks the military acquisitions in the...

17th March 2016 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Should Use Sector-Based Economic Sanctions to Thwart Iran’s Illicit Ballistic Missile Program

The United States should deploy a series of sector-based economic sanctions to counter the Iranian ballistic missile program that threatens the Middle East and U.S. interests there, according to a new Foundation for Defense of Democracies research memo issued today.

8th March 2016 - FDD Press Release

Olli Heinonen, former IAEA head of Safeguards, Joins FDD as Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation

Olli Heinonen, former head of Safeguards and Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has joined the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation.

3rd February 2016 - FDD Press Release

Anti-Money Laundering and Terror Finance Expert Joins FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

John Cassara, a 26-year federal intelligence and law enforcement veteran and expert on anti-money laundering policy and terror finance issues, has been named to the board of advisors of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF).

12th January 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD Files Amicus Brief in Support of Victims of Iranian Terrorism for Supreme Court Case

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 January 13.

11th January 2016 - FDD Press Release

New Report by FDD Details Iran’s Military Assistance to the Assad Regime

As parties under the auspices of the United Nations prepare for a new rounds of talks on Syria, a new report published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) explores the deepening and disturbing relationship between Iran and the Assad regime and provides policy recommendations...

6th January 2016 - FDD Press Release

Economic Sanctions and Terror Finance Expert Joins FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

Eric B. Lorber, an expert on anti-money laundering policy and terror finance issues, has been named senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. Mr. Lorber, a lawyer, worked at the Treasury Department in the Office of Chief Counsel...

20th November 2015 - FDD Press Release

New Report Outlines Ways to Combat Islamic State’s Antiquities Trafficking

As the nation’s largest professional organization of archaeologists on the Middle East holds its annual meeting this week in Atlanta, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has released a new report analyzing the strategic role of antiquities trafficking in funding the terrorist...

19th October 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Green Beret Michael Waltz as Non-Resident Senior Fellow

Michael G. Waltz

Michael Waltz, a lieutenant colonel in the Special Forces (reserve component), has joined the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) as a non-resident senior fellow.

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