Analysis & Commentary

9th March 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Violent Extremist vs. Holy Warrior

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Is Barack Hussein Obama wrong to avoid appending “Islamic,” “Muslim,” “Islamist,” or even “jihadist” to the terrorism that has struck the West with increasing ferocity since the 1990s? This question has at least two parts: Is the president historically correct to do this? And...

2nd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Pakistan operations chief denied spot on top shura

Bill Roggio

Newly released documents seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound in Abottabad show that the jihadist leader exercised control over the terrorist organization during the summer of 2010, when the US drone campaign against al Qaeda’s leadership node in Afghanistan and Pakistan was at its...

2nd March 2015 - Foreign Policy

Is Libya the Next Stronghold of the Islamic State?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The chaotic civil war is giving the caliphate a foothold in North Africa, and its enemies can’t figure out whether to kill the jihadists or use them for their own purposes.

2nd March 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Seoul Hopes to Build U.N. Headquarters, Peace Park Near North Korea’s DMZ

Claudia Rosett

An influential lawmaker here says President Park Geun-Hye’s government is putting its weight behind an initiative to bring a new U.N. regional headquarters to South Korea, along with an “international peace park” that could be built on land inside the highly sensitive Demilitarized...

2nd March 2015 - Quoted by Jacob Kamaras - JNS

Deal or No Deal? Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Hovers Over AIPAC Conference

Ali Alfoneh

As 16,000 people gathered for the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference from March 1-3, much attention was transfixed three weeks ahead on the calendar.

1st March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama bin Laden’s Files: Al Qaeda’s Deputy General Manager in Yemen

Thomas Joscelyn

Documents recovered in Osama bin Laden's compound reveal that Nasser bin Ali al Ansi, a senior Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official, was appointed as one of al Qaeda's deputy general managers. It is highly likely that he continues to serve in that role underneath Nasir al...

28th February 2015 - CNN International

Erin Burnett OutFront

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Prime Minister Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress.

27th February 2015 - CSIF Launch Event

Remarks from General Michael V. Hayden

Former NSA and CIA Director, General Michael Hayden provided remarks on the transformation of economic coercions and the evolution of targeted sanctions, which he called “the precision-guided weapons of the 21st century.”

27th February 2015 - CSIF Launch Event

Russia, China, and the Future of Economic Warfare

Chip Poncy

27th February 2015 - CSIF Launch Event

Keynote Remarks from Juan Zarate

Juan Zarate

CSIF Senior Counselor Juan Zarate offered remarks on the vision and goals of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. He noted that we have entered a new era in which financial power and economic influence are central to national security and are filling the gap between diplomacy and...

27th February 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah: Alive in West Africa

Laura Grossman

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced new designations yesterday for several Africa-based individuals and entities connected to Hezbollah’s global terrorist network.

27th February 2015 - CSIF Launch Event

New Threats from Illicit Finance in the Middle East and Africa

Jonathan Schanzer, Thomas Joscelyn

27th February 2015 - Quoted by Maryann Cusimano Love - The Hill

Name Game

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

International leaders recently gathered in Washington for the Summit on Countering Violent Extremism. Some criticize President Obama for calling it "Violent Extremism;" they charge he is too concerned about relations with Muslim states or "too soft" to call out Islam.

27th February 2015 - Cited by Nadav Shragai - Israel Hayom

Iran: A Global Terrorist Superpower

Grant Rumley, James Woolsey, Ali Alfoneh, Jonathan Schanzer

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a proliferation of statements by senior Iranian officials expressing their intention to destroy Israel • The U.S. knows all this and, no, it is not demanding that Tehran put a stop to its terrorist activities.

27th February 2015 - The Weekly Standard

New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden’s Secret Ties With Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in an al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City....

27th February 2015 - Business Insider

The Emerging Nuclear Deal Makes Some Huge Assumptions About Iran’s Future Plans

Tony Badran

Recent reports about the negotiations between the US and Iran indicate that the Obama administration is ready to make remarkable concessions to Tehran on its nuclear program.

27th February 2015 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on new revelations from the bin Laden documents.

27th February 2015 - Quoted by Michael Martina - Reuters

Draft Chinese Law Paves Way for Counter-Terror Operations Abroad

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

China is close to approving a law that will create a legal framework for sending troops abroad on counter-terrorism missions, as Beijing seeks to address the vulnerability of the country's growing global commercial and diplomatic interests.

27th February 2015 - Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on the growth of radical Islam.

27th February 2015 - The Long War Journal

Osama Bin Laden’s Files: ‘Very Strong Military Activity in Afghanistan’

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Correspondence between senior al Qaeda leaders indicates that the group maintains a larger foothold in Afghanistan than is widely recognized.


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