Analysis & Commentary

4th February 2017 - Quoted by Mindy Belz - World Magazine

Caught in a dragnet

Aykan Erdemir

As if the hassles of international travel aren’t enough, Ryan Keating found himself flagged last October embarking on a routine flight from Turkey. For a decade the Yale University graduate and East Coast native has lived there, pursuing doctoral studies and church-based work. An officer...

24th January 2017 - Politico

Jared Kushner Needs a Wingman

Jonathan Schanzer

Donald Trump last week appointed his son-in-law Jared Kushner to “broker a Middle East peace deal.” Mediating an agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis is a “yuge” task, and Trump knows it. But he can make Kushner’s job much easier if he appoints another envoy, too.

23rd January 2017 - BBC


Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir discusses the crises facing Turkey, and the countries importance to stability in the region.

23rd January 2017 -

Going Global with David Delgado

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Trump, Iran and the JCPOA.

23rd January 2017 - Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

‘Virtual planners’ of Islamic State on dark side of the Internet

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In the aftermath of the Islamic State's attacks across Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, French investigators were stumped about how the slaughter of 130 people had been planned, even though the authorities had the ter­rorists' mobile phones.

23rd January 2017 - Quoted by Nick Wadhams, Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Emerging ‘Trump Doctrine’ Toward Europe Upends Historic Alliance

Mark Dubowitz

For most of the past seven decades, U.S. relations with Europe revolved around a set of shared beliefs: Russia was the common adversary, Germany’s industrial might would be the core of the Continent’s economy and a unified Europe was in everyone’s interests. Donald Trump is having none...

23rd January 2017 - Nikkei Asian Review

Trump must turn attention to North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

Kim Jong Un's New Year's Day threat to test an intercontinental ballistic missile has rekindled an age-old debate among North Korea experts in the U.S. on the best policy towards the country.

22nd January 2017 - Defense News

Defense News TV

Aykan Erdemir, Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior fellow Aykan Erdemir and senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discuss Syria, the Moscow declaration, Iran, Turkey and Middle East.

21st January 2017 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - Arab News

Trump speech short on detail but highlights war on ‘radical Islamic terrorism’

Jonathan Schanzer

US President Donald Trump’s inauguration address was — like his campaign speeches — unconventional in tone and rhetoric.

21st January 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany’s Split Personality: Courts Favor Antisemites, BDS Takes Hits

Benjamin Weinthal

A regional court’s affirmation this month of a decision asserting that the arson at a synagogue in the city of Wuppertal in July 2014 was not motivated by antisemitism but was merely a plea by three Palestinians to criticize Israel catapulted the deficiencies of Germany’s judicial system...

20th January 2017 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan - The Boston Globe

Trump has the nuclear codes. Let’s hope he never uses them

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump got the nuclear codes today. Let’s hope he never feels the need to use them. Our fate as Americans – and to a great extent, the world’s – is now in the hands of a new president, and rests on his judgment of our interests, threats, and the risks of action or inaction....

19th January 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the role of the Treasury Department in fighting terror and Guantanamo Bay.

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

US Sends Its Expensive Stealth Bombers To Annihilate ISIS In Libya

Patrick Megahan

The U.S. Air Force deployed its ultra-stealthy B-2 bombers to strike an Islamic State camp in Libya Thursday, but it is unclear why such an expensive platform was necessary to attack the terrorist group.

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Christian Solidarity Worldwide

Turkey: Growing Religious Intolerance is Undermining Constitutional Commitments

Aykan Erdemir

American Pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife have been living in Turkey for 23 years running a church in Izmir with the full knowledge of the Turkish authorities.

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Benoit Faucon, Ahmed Al Omran - The Wall Street Journal

Islamic State Steps Up Oil and Gas Sales to Assad Regime

Jonathan Schanzer

Islamic State has ramped up sales of oil and gas to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, U.S. and European officials said, providing vital fuel to the government in return for desperately needed cash.

19th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Taps Quds Force Official as Envoy to Iraq

Amir Toumaj

Iran has appointed a high-ranking officer from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch, the Quds Force, as ambassador to Iraq. Brigadier General Iraj Masjedi, a senior advisor to Quds Force chief Qassem Soleimani, replaces Hassan Danaeifar (who himself is a Quds...

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Matisak

Trump wants to fight terrorism. But what could be his approach?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

It seems clear that Donald Trump and many people around him perceive the islamist terrorism as the biggest security threat. Do you think that the approach of the US towards fighting jihadi groups will change, maybe even radically change, with the new administration and how it might change?...

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Last of the Declassified Osama bin Laden Materials Released

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Right up until the end, al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden remained focused on striking the United States, its Western allies and governments seen as U.S. proxies, and he was leery of distractions that could weaken the terror group's resolve.

19th January 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

US bombs 2 Islamic State camps south of Sirte, Libya

Thomas Joscelyn

The Defense Department announced today that the US bombed two Islamic State camps “28 miles southwest of Sirte” last night. The “precision airstrikes” are the first American bombing missions in Libya since Dec. 19, 2016, when the US announced an end to Operation Odyssey Lightning,...

19th January 2017 - Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Experts Wary As World Praises Iran for Honoring Terms of Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Nonproliferation experts are warning that world praise conferred over the week on Iran for abiding by terms of a landmark nuclear deal are premature, and failure to hold Tehran accountable for ostensibly minor infractions will augur major violations to come.


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