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19th December 2011 - FPI/FDD

Foreign Policy Experts Urge President Obama to Take Action Against Assad

Forty-nine foreign policy experts and former U.S. government officials signed an open letter today urging President Obama to act more assertively to stop the Assad regime’s continuing atrocities against Syrian civilians.

8th November 2011 - FPI/FDD

Towards a Post-Assad Syria

A Discussion Paper Prepared by the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) and the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) for the Syrian Working Group

3rd November 2011

FDD Welcomes New Director for Canada

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies proudly welcomes its first Director of Policy for Canada. Sheryl Saperia will expand FDD's national security work among Canadian policymakers, media and allied organizations.

2nd November 2011

FDD Welcomes Lee Smith and James Kirchick as Fellows

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies proudly welcomes two new scholars to its ranks. Lee Smith, of the Weekly Standard, and James Kirchick, of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, have both joined FDD as fellows.

25th October 2011 - Policy Options for U.S. Response

The Assad Regime’s Continuing Mass Murder of Syrians

Long a sponsor of terrorism beyond its borders, the Syrian government is now waging an internal war against its own people. The United Nations reports that President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces have killed over 3,000 civilians and detained 30,000 more since the country’s...

2nd August 2011

FDD Praises Senators for Legislation to Pressure Assad to End Repression

During a week of the most dramatic protests witnessed since anti-Assad demonstrations began some four months ago, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies praised a bipartisan group of senators for introducing a sanctions bill aimed at holding the Syrian regime accountable for its human...

25th May 2011

FDD Congratulates Bipartisan Group of Senators for Iran Sanctions Bill

Washington, D.C. (May 25, 2011) - FDD congratulates a bipartisan group of Senators for sponsoring dramatic new sanctions in response to Iran's ongoing nuclear activities. The Iran, North Korea and Syria Sanctions Consolidation Act of 2011 was introduced by Senators Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Joseph...

28th October 2010

House Foreign Affairs Committee Advances Gasoline Sanctions on Iran

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies praised the House Foreign Affairs Committee for marking up legislation targeting the Iranian regime’s ability to import gasoline, the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act (IRPSA).

10th September 2010

ARNSI Poll- Americans Support Israel’s ‘Fence’

Most Americans support Israel's right to build security barriers to help reduce the number of Palestinian bombings and other terrorist attacks inside Israel, according to a national public opinion survey conducted late last month.

30th August 2010

FDD on New Congressional Iran Sanctions Working Group

ldquo;The House of Representatives took the right step in creating a Bipartisan Working Group on Iran Sanctions Implementation. Congress is clearly determined and relentless in its drive to enforce Iran sanctions laws. The Iranian energy industry is opaque and complex. The Iranian regime is...

3rd August 2010

Coalition Against Terrorist Media Praises French Decision to Ban Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV

The Coalition Against Terrorist Media (CATM) praised the Conseil supérieur de l'audiovisuel (CSA), the French broadcasting authorities, for finding Al-Aqsa TV in violation of audiovisual laws, recognizing the role terrorist media plays in radicalizing Europe.

29th July 2010

FDD Executive Director Testifies before House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform on “Imple

22nd July 2010

FDD Welcomes Conference Report on Iran Sanctions

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) welcomes comprehensive legislation providing the White House sweeping new authority to sanction energy companies and financial institutions that continue to do business with Iran as well as Iranians involved in serious human rights abuses....

16th July 2010

FDD Applauds Obama Administration for Targeting Iran’s Energy Industry

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) applauds the U.S. Department of Treasury for taking new and dramatic steps to enforce tough economic sanctions on Iran. Treasury's designation of dozens of individuals, corporate entities and vessels associated with the Iranian government and...

2nd July 2010

FDD Applauds President Obama and Congress for Enacting Tough Iran Sanctions

"In signing this bill, President Obama gains more power than any previous president has had to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons, supporting terrorism, and abusing its own people. The Obama administration and Congress deserve credit for establishing this authority," said Mark...

24th June 2010

Congress Sends Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Bill to President Obama

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies applauds Congress for passing new sanctions legislation today targeting the Iranian regime. This historic bill, passed in the Senate by an overwhelming vote to 99-0, includes stringent measures to pressure Iran to abandon its illegal nuclear weapons...

9th June 2010

Hamas Has Been Dealt Blow to its Terrorist TV Station

9th June 2010

Security Council Approves New Iran Sanctions

Washington, D.C. (June 9, 2010) - The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today applauded the Obama Administration for securing a UN Security Council resolution for a new round of sanctions targeting the Iranian regime's nuclear program. The measure, which passed by a vote of 12 to 2 with...

8th June 2010

FDD Releases The Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater: Militant Islam, Security and Stability

Washington, D.C. (June 7, 2010) - The Foundation for Defense of Democracies released today The Afghanistan-Pakistan Theater: Militant Islam, Security and Stability, which explores the volatile situation the United States confronts in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

27th May 2010

FDD Applauds Amendment to National Defense Authorization Act

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for taking up an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act to prohibit the Department of Defense from awarding contracts to any entity that engages in commercial activity in the Iranian...


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