Analysis & Commentary

24th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Succession in Saudi; Tehran Triangulates

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and former president, Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani quickly offered their condolences.

23rd January 2015 - 790 KABC - Los Angeles, CA

McIntyre in the Morning

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Weinberg discusses the passing of Saudi Arabia's king.

23rd January 2015 - The Hill

Americans as Hostages and Targets

Michael Ledeen

There are several American hostages in Iran, and the Tehran regime uses them very cruelly and relentlessly in its dealings with the U.S. government, as The Washington Post angrily noted editorially last week.

23rd January 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Weinberg discusses the future of Saudi Arabia after the death of King Abdullah.

23rd January 2015 - CNN International

CNN Report

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Weinberg on the death of Saudi King Abdullah.

23rd January 2015 - Business Insider

Inside The Slow-Burning Internal Crisis That’s Gripping The Palestinian Leadership

Grant Rumley

"Palestine cannot be run by bullying, dictatorship and the falsification of facts which Mahmoud Abbas and his gang use on daily basis.” So said Mohammad Dahlan, a chief rival of Abbas and the instigator of a massive rally in Gaza last month that featured posters of the Palestinian...

23rd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Family Members Claim Leader of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi Has Died

Thomas Joscelyn

Mohamed al Zahawi's family members have told the press that he has died due to wounds suffered in fighting last year. Zahawi has been the leader of Ansar al Sharia in Benghazi. Unconfirmed rumors of his death have circulated for months.

23rd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Qatar Embraces Admitted al Qaeda Operative

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar continues to celebrate the release of Ali Saleh Kahlah al Marri, an admitted al Qaeda sleeper agent, from a US federal prison last week. The prime minister of Qatar has even reportedly called al Marri to congratulate him.

23rd January 2015 - Now Media

One Small Israeli Strike, One Very Big Strategic Game

Tony Badran

Israel dealt Iran a painful blow on Sunday when it struck a convoy of senior Iranian and Hezbollah commanders in Quneitra in the Golan Heights.

23rd January 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Names Board of Advisors to Help Guide Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today announced 18 experts who will serve as members of the Board of Advisors for its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). These advisors will provide strategic counsel and help shape FDD research on the convergence of economic and...

23rd January 2015 - The National Interest

Alberto Nisman: The Man Who Exposed Iran in Latin America

Toby Dershowitz

Monday morning, just hours before his death, was not the first time Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s life was threatened.

22nd January 2015 - Sun News Network

Straight Talk

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal discusses the resignation of a German leader after pictures of him posed as Adolf Hitler were leaked.

22nd January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Pakistan Falsely Claims it Takes ‘Immediate Action’ Against Terror Groups Listed by the UN

Bill Roggio

Although numerous news outlets have reported that the Haqqani Network and Jamaat-ud-Dawa have been banned in Pakistan, no official announcement of the group's status from the government or Ministry of Interior has been released.

22nd January 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Executive Director to Testify Before Congress Tuesday on the Critical Demand for Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will testify before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Tuesday morning on “Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions.”

22nd January 2015 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

It’s Over: Why the Palestinians Are Finally Giving Up on Obama and the US Peace Process

Grant Rumley

"If you want," PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi offered, "I can call him right now." The "him" in question was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. This was mid-November 2014; I was with a group of journalists in Ashrawi's Ramallah office, and we were all asking her about the...

22nd January 2015 - CBN

CBN News

Grant Rumley

FDD Research Analyst Grant Rumley on Congressional fears over US Middle East policy.

22nd January 2015 - Voice of America

VOA News

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross shares his reaction to President Obama's comments on US counter-terrorism policy.

22nd January 2015 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

David Cameron’s Iran Lobbying Effort Fails to Sway Republicans

Mark Dubowitz

David Cameron appears to have failed in his effort to personally lobby US senators on Iran, with one Republican saying the prime minister's intervention into American politics was "not a productive move".

22nd January 2015 - CNN

The Situation Room

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman.

22nd January 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett on Alberto Nisman's investigation and the circumstances surrounding his death.


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