Analysis & Commentary

23rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic Front rejects rival’s caliphate, as well as proposed emirate in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic Front, a coalition of several leading insurgent groups in Syria, has issued a statement rejecting any attempt by its fellow insurgency groups to unilaterally create a new government.

23rd July 2014 - The Washington Times

Barbarians at Jordan’s Gate 

Clifford D. May

The terrorist army formerly known as ISIS has conquered about a third of Syria and much of western Iraq.

23rd July 2014 - Forbes

Vladimir Erdoğan: How The Turkish Premier Is Consolidating Power, Russia-Style

Merve Tahiroglu, Boris Zilberman

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development party (AKP) has its candidate for Turkey’s presidency. To no one’s surprise, it’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

23rd July 2014 - House Armed Services Committee - Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

U.S. National Missile Defense and the Growing Threat: Is a “Limited Defense” Enough?

I am honored to be asked to testify before you today on this important subject. I have incorporated in this testimony my answers to the five sets of questions sent to me by the Committee.

23rd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Ansar al Islam Claims New Attacks on Official Twitter Feed

Thomas Joscelyn

Ansar al Islam (AAI), a jihadist group based in northern Iraq, claimed a string of new attacks in a series of tweets between July 13 and July 21.

23rd July 2014 - USA Today

FAA Hands Hamas A Big Win

Clifford D. May

A colleague and I were waiting for a airplane at Ben-Gurion International Airport just outside Tel Aviv a couple of weeks ago.

23rd July 2014 - National Post

Ending Iran’s Support of Hamas Must Be Part of Any Final P5+1 Nuclear Deal

Jonathan Kay

On Monday, the so-called P5+1 — Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany — extended the deadline for a final nuclear deal with Iran from July 20 (which was Sunday) to November 24.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Egypt’s ‘Not-So-Subtle’ Message to John Kerry

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his entourage were forced to undergo a metal detector security screening as they arrived for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo Tuesday, a message Middle East watchers say is rife with significance, but which the State...

23rd July 2014 - The National Interest

Why Qatar and Turkey Can’t Solve the Crisis in Gaza

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

With Washington desperate for a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, and with Egypt having flamed out as a broker of calm, two of Hamas’s top patrons are about to be rewarded with a high-profile diplomatic victory.

23rd July 2014 - The Hill

What Are the Jews Supposed To Do?

Michael Ledeen

Missiles over and into Israel. Violent demonstrations in London, Paris and Vienna. Violent demonstrators in Boston and on innumerable university campuses. Calls of "Death to the Jews."

23rd July 2014 - Mentioned by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Hezbollah Talks Big But Bows Out of the Gaza War

Jonathan Schanzer

Hamas is increasingly isolated in the region as it fights its ferocious war against Israel. In the old days Hezbollah might have helped—but not now.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Qatar Seeks to Pull Hamas Away from Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

The Gulf Arab state of Qatar, with just over two million people, is playing an outsized role on the world stage these days, dipping its fingers into various conflicts in the region.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by William M. Welch - USA Today

Tel Aviv Flight Ban Cuts off Israelis

Jonathan Schanzer

For the first time in more than two decades, major international flights were suspended to Israel's main airport Tuesday because of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, limiting Israel's access to allies around the world as the latest military confrontation with Hamas deepens.

22nd July 2014 - FDD Press Release

FDD Welcomes House Approval of Bill Targeting Hezbollah’s Global Threat Network

In a strong sign of bipartisan support for intensified pressure on Hezbollah and its global terrorist network, the House of Representatives voted 404 to 0 to approve the Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2014, introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Brad Schneider...

22nd July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram Gains Ground

Laura Grossman

Launching more attacks, Boko Haram hoisted its flag in a northeastern Nigerian town where it recently killed over 100 civilians.

22nd July 2014 - Iran Matters

Expert Opinions on the Extension of Negotiations

Orde Kittrie

Nine foreign policy experts write on what they believe the extension of P5+1 talks will mean for the future of nuclear negotiations with Iran.

22nd July 2014 - National Post

Hamas’ Tunnel Network Could Have Been a Game-Changing Strategic Asset for the Terrorists

Jonathan Kay

“When Hamas manages, despite everything, to continue launching missiles at Israel and disrupting normal life there … this restores [the Palestinian] feeling of human dignity.”

22nd July 2014 - FDD Research

The Petropower War On Fracking

David Andrew Weinberg

In London late last month, NATO’s Secretary General revealed what many in the energy industry have long suspected...

22nd July 2014 - Interviewed by James B Kerwin & Grant Holly - Private Journey Magazine

Watcher On The Wall

James Woolsey

IN “A FEW GOOD MEN,” WHEN JACK NICHOLSON, COL. NATHAN R. JESSUP, famously replies to Tom Cruise’s, Lt. Daniel Kaffee’s, demand for the truth: “You can’t handle the truth” he’s not just referring to Lt. Kaffee or the people in the courtroom.

22nd July 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Iran Talks Extended, But Uranium Enrichment Remains Stumbling Block

Mark Dubowitz

The issue of Iranian uranium enrichment remains as stubborn an obstacle to a nuclear deal as it was at the launch of the talks six months ago.


Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Mark Dubowitz

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