Analysis & Commentary

27th July 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Reassert Itself in Iran Policy Oversight

Tyler Stapleton

This week, Congress moved to sanction Iran, North Korea, and Russia in an attempt to reestablish the utility of financial restraints as a means of challenging the malign behavior of hostile regimes.

19th May 2017 - The Hill

Trump’s steps on Iran show cooperation with Congress is possible

Orde Kittrie

On Wednesday, the Trump administration made clear that its Iran policy review is headed toward the position shared by the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate foreign relations committees that the United States should take a firmer stance against Iran’s non-nuclear malign...

10th April 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Some Democrats Growing Impatient Over Delays on Iran Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Congress should as soon as possible consider a bill that slaps sanctions on Iran over its illicit non-nuclear activities, Democratic lawmakers who supported the 2015 Iran nuclear deal told The Weekly Standard.

29th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Ups Ante with New Iran Sanctions

Tzvi Kahn

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests and other malign behavior.

8th February 2017 - Quoted by Chad O'Carroll -

Restrict U.S. travel to N. Korea: expert recommendation to Congress

Proposal comes after three new U.S. travel warnings in 2016 alone.

10th January 2017 - The Washington Times

Lost in cyberspace

Clifford D. May

Russia’s hacking of the Democratic National Committee was mischievous. Did it change the outcome of the 2016 elections? No evidence suggests that and the intelligence community isn’t claiming that.

23rd December 2016 - Quoted by - Brent Scher - Washington Free Beacon

Keith Ellison Backs Out of Radical Muslim Conference

David Andrew Weinberg

Minnesota congressman Keith Ellison cancelled his scheduled appearance the Muslim American Society’s annual conference, where he was slated to deliver the keynote address.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Geoff Dyer - Financial Times

Trump team looks at new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump transition team is examining proposals for US sanctions on Iran separate from its nuclear programme in a move likely to draw a furious reaction from Tehran.

18th November 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Introduces Bill to Combat BDS Worldwide

Tyler Stapleton

Congress introduced the Protecting Israel Against Economic Discrimination Act this week to combat efforts at the UN to blacklist companies doing business with Israel, and calls on the U.S. Export-Import Bank to consider denying applicant companies engaged in politically-motivated boycotts of...

8th November 2016 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Times of Israel

Will Obama launch a lame-duck Israel surprise? Not likely

Jonathan Schanzer

It started several months ago in anxious whispers among pro-Israel leaders. Now it has burst into the open in full-page ads in The New York Times and op-eds in The Wall Street Journal.

5th October 2016 - The Washington Times

Sometimes, strategic counterterrorism is counterintuitive

Clifford D. May

For almost eight years, I’ve waited for Congress to stand up to President Obama, to demonstrate that the legislative branch is still — as the Founders envisioned — coequal to the executive branch, that senators and representatives are more than a commentariat, a Greek chorus appearing...

9th September 2016 - Quoted by Justin Salhani - Think Progress

Saudi Arabia Is Making New Allies, But Weapons Mean The U.S. Relationship Is Irreplaceable

In recent months, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has come under increasing pressure and criticism from the U.S. Congress and the British Parliament for its human rights abuses both at home and in the ongoing conflict in Yemen. Meanwhile, Saudi diplomats and leaders have worked tirelessly to...

9th September 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iran Expert Tells Congress: Obama Administration Might Have Given Tehran Over $30 Billion in Cash, G

Mark Dubowitz

While the Obama administration has admitted to transferring $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year to Tehran, even more cash might have been given by the US to the ayatollahs following the January 2014 implementation of the interim nuclear agreement reached by the Islamic Republic with six...

14th July 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

One year on, Obama’s Iran nuclear deal still hangs in the balance

Mark Dubowitz

Like the opening to Cuba, the Iran nuclear deal is a landmark initiative that President Obama wants to safeguard, not just as part of his legacy of engagement with adversaries but also as established United States foreign policy.

14th July 2016 - Quoted by Ryan Browne - CNN

Iran nuclear deal at anniversary not the rallying cry GOP sought

Mark Dubowitz

In the months leading up to the signing of the Iran nuclear deal one year ago Thursday, Republican critics galvanized opposition to push back against the agreement.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by James Freeman - The Wall Street Journal

The Radical Democratic Party

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

In their draft party platform, Democrats are taking a “sharp left turn,” writes our columnist William Galston. The document features a “near-silence on economic growth,” plus “intensified social liberalism” and no agenda to reform government—just plans to make it bigger.

28th June 2016 - The Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

Jonathan Schanzer

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Vice President of Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses Congress’s final report on the 9/11 terror attack in Libya.

28th June 2016 - Southern California Public Radio


Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the House Benghazi report.

9th June 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats are still ducking on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran Sanctions Act, which imposed nuclear, missile and terrorism sanctions on Iran, expires at the end of 2016, and both Democrats and Republicans in Congress support extending it.

24th May 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the future of Guantanamo Bay, inmate recidivism, and why the Obama Administration is taking on the added risk of releasing prisoners.


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