Analysis & Commentary

10th September 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May discusses Russia's proposal to have Syria hand over its chemical weapons and its role as a protector of the Assad regime.

10th September 2013 - House Committee on Homeland Security

Crisis in Syria: Implications for Homeland Security

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman McCaul, Ranking Member Thompson and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the potential threats to the U.S...

9th September 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May discusses the impact of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's threat to the US if it strikes Syria.

9th September 2013 - The Atlantic

Will Syria Attack Israel if the U.S. Attacks Syria?

Benjamin Weinthal

Deliberate neutrality and ambiguity have thus far governed Israel’s reaction to the Syrian civil war, but America’s deliberations over whether to strike Assad...

6th September 2013 - The National Interest

Holding Assad Accountable

Orde Kittrie

The United States and possibly allies are preparing to launch military strikes against Syria in response to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical...

6th September 2013 - The Weekly Standard

The Muddle East

Reuel Marc Gerecht

If Congress refuses to support American military action against the Assad regime in Syria, and President Barack Obama declines to strike or strikes meekly...

5th September 2013 - National Post

‘Responsibility to Protect’ is No Basis for Bombing Syria

In the Saturday edition of the National Post, eminent human rights advocate Irwin Cotler wrote that “if mass atrocities in Syria are not a case for R2P...

5th September 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Assad Must Pay

Clifford D. May

It’s not just President Obama’s “red line” that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad has crossed. Civilized people have long set limits on armed conflicts. Using chemical...

4th September 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, VOA News

Syria’s Jihadist Opposition Groups a Dilemma for US

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration is planning to step up its efforts to improve the fighting abilities of Syrian rebels trying to oust President Bashar al-Assad...

30th August 2013 - CNBC

Squawk Box

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses how the US should respond to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against the Syria people.

30th August 2013 - Syndicated

The Dennis Prager Show

Michael Ledeen

Should the US overthrow Bashar al-Assad.

29th August 2013 - CNN

All or Nothing in Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The expected military strike in Syria fits well into the end of summer schedule. If we are to believe that the missile salvo will commence before the weekend...

28th August 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Tony Badran

FDD's Tony Badran discusses the effectiveness of limited US strikes in Syria.

27th August 2013 - Bloomberg

Bottom Line

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the possibility of US and Western military intervention in Syria following its use of chemical weapons.

26th August 2013 - CBC News

Power and Politics

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the crisis in Syria and what the West could hope to achieve with military action against the Assad regime.

26th August 2013 - Quoted by Lee Smith, The Weekly Standard

Assad Calls Obama’s Bluff

Tony Badran

The timing was probably not a coincidence, falling as it did on two anniversaries. August 18, 2011, was when President Obama first demanded Syrian...

26th August 2013 - Quoted by Abdulrahman al-Masri, Victor Kotsev and Oren Dorell, USA Today

Kerry: Syria’s Use of Chemical Weapons ‘Undeniable’

Tony Badran

A limited military strike against Syria might convince the Assad regime not to use chemical weapons again but it won't change the balance of power in the Syrian...

26th August 2013 - National Review Online

Will Obama Really Hold Assad Accountable?

Benjamin Weinthal

Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement that Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his population warrants action is long overdue.

26th August 2013 - The New York Times

Assad Has Called Obama’s Bluff

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Middle East challenges and dissipates power quickly. We’re seeing that now in Syria. President Obama drew a “red line” on the use of chemical weapons...

26th August 2013 - Quoted by Joshua Haber, Foreign Policy

Russia Supports UN Probe of Possible Chemical Attack in Syria

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Moscow announced support for a UN investigation into Wednesday's attack, joining a chorus of international calls for both the Assad regime and Syrian...


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