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25th March 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Report Calls on Obama to Urge Reform in Riyadh as Religious Incitement Persists in Saudi Schools

Though first noted as problematic more than a decade ago by the Department of State, incitement and hatred continues to be taught from government textbooks to students...

21st February 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Issues Report Outlining Turkey’s Terror Finance Challenges

More than a decade into the effort to curb terrorism financing, the U.S.-led sanctions regime is facing a direct challenge – and it’s coming from a NATO ally.

19th February 2014 - FDD Press Release

Clifford May To Write Weekly Column for Washington Times

Cliff May, who has fashioned a career in foreign affairs as impressive as it is unique, today launched a weekly column at The Washington Times called “Foreign...

27th January 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Launches New Website on the Military Balance in the Middle East

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) today launched an innovative new website,, designed to help users gain a better understanding...

19th December 2013 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Bipartisan Senate Sanctions Bill Against Iran

In an effort to hold Iran accountable to the nuclear agreement it reached last month in Geneva with the P5+1 countries, a bipartisan group of senators...

29th October 2013 - FDD Press Release

FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer Releases New Book on Palestinian Governance

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies announced the release of a new book today by Jonathan Schanzer, titled State of Failure: Yasser Arafat,...

2nd October 2013 - FDD Press Release

New Report on the Impact of Sanctions on Iran’s Foreign Exchange Reserves

As Congress considers action on a next round of Iran sanctions and with the next round of P5+1 talks with Iran just two week away, the Foundation for Defense...

1st October 2013 - FDD Press Release

Judge Rules in Favor of FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer in Defamation Suit Filed by the Son of Mahmoud Abbas

United States District Judge Emmet Sullivan last week struck down a libel suit against Jonathan Schanzer, vice president for research at the Foundation...

31st July 2013 - FDD Press Release

Congress: Enhanced Leverage Required for Diplomatic Deal

As Iran continues to advance its illicit nuclear program, the House of Representatives today overwhelmingly approved the Nuclear Iran Prevention Act of 2013...

30th July 2013 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes Saudi Arabia and Gulf Expert David Weinberg as Senior Fellow

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies proudly welcomed David Andrew Weinberg this week as a senior fellow focusing on Saudi Arabia and Gulf Affairs.

30th May 2013 - FDD Press Release

New Report Reveals Iran’s Terror Network in Latin America

Argentina’s Prosecutor for the AMIA investigation Alberto Nisman released a ground-breaking report detailing Iran’s extensive terrorist network in Latin America. Focusing both on the 1994 bombing of the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina...

16th May 2013 - Job Announcment

VP Communications and Strategy

Great opportunity for a hard working, committed, communications professional to work with a dynamic team of experts and analysts focused on national security and foreign policy. As a senior member of our management team, you will develop and execute a first-class strategic communications...

13th May 2013

Statement: FDD Welcomes Newseum’s Decision on Hamas’ Al Aqsa TV Employees

FDD welcomes Newseum’s decision to reconsider its plan to add Mahmoud al-Kumi and Hussam Salama to its memorial wall for journalists. These men were employees of Al-Aqsa Television...

13th May 2013

Roubini-FDD Report Reveals ‘Golden Loophole’ in Iran Sanctions

A significant new report released today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Roubini Global Economics provides an in-depth assessment of the “golden loophole”...

8th May 2013

FDD Welcomes Bipartisan Sanctions Bill Targeting Iran’s Foreign Exchange Reserves

In a strong sign of bipartisan support for intensified pressure on the Iranian regime, United States Senators Mark Kirk (R-IL), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), Bill Nelson (D-FL), and John Cornyn (R-TX) introduced the Iran Sanctions Loophole Elimination Act.

12th April 2013

Treasury Action Targets Network of Banks and Iranian Businessman

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) welcomes new sanctions against an Iranian businessman and a network of banks and companies still conducting business with the rogue regime, specifically, the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).

22nd March 2013

FDD Applauds Bipartisan Syria Legislation

During the week marking the two year anniversary of the crisis in Syria, Congress introduced two bills that could potentially change the situation on the ground: The Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013 and the Free Syria Act of 2013.

19th March 2013

FDD Praises Senators Casey and Rubio for New Syria Legislation

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies congratulates Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) for sponsoring a bipartisan bill which would authorize the Obama administration to sanction any entity conducting significant transactions through...

27th February 2013

FDD Praises New Bipartisan Iran Sanctions Bill Introduced Today

On the heels of the P5+1 talks with Iran in Kazakhstan, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman, Ed Royce (R-CA), and Ranking Member Eliot Engel (D-NY) introduced a bill aimed at strengthening sanctions against the Iranian regime...

28th January 2013

FDD Mourns the Loss of Ambassador Max Kampelman

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of its friend and mentor, Ambassador Max M. Kampelman, who was a long-time member of FDD’s Leadership Council.


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