Analysis & Commentary

13th April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD senior fellow Boris Zilberman discusses Russia's growing influence in Northern Africa.

3rd April 2017 - Foreign Affairs

Russia’s Charm Offensive in North Africa

Boris Zilberman

With the world’s attention focused on the question of Russian influence in the United States and the European Union, the Kremlin is quietly making inroads in another region critical to both the United States and Europe: the five North African states of the southern Mediterranean shore....

20th February 2017 - FDD Press

Islamic State 2021

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Islamic State (referred to in this report as ISIL) has seen its prospects in North and West Africa grow increasingly dim since early 2015. ISIL has experienced significant losses in North Africa in the past year, especially in Libya, which was once ISIL’s most valuable territory...

20th February 2017 - FDD Press Release

Despite Recent Losses, Islamic State Still Threatens North and West Africa, FDD Study Finds

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The decline of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria may paradoxically help the group in Africa, particularly as state and non-state actors shift resources from combating ISIL to other urgent issues, giving the group breathing room to regenerate, according to a report issued today by the...

9th February 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD research fellow Benjamin Weinthal discusses his recent article on Algeria, and its implications in US foreign policy.

6th October 2016 - Quoted by James Burke - The Guardian

Isis and al-Qaida turf wars in Africa may push fragile states to breaking point

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

It is a war within a war, fought across thousands of miles of desert, scrub and forest, from the Atlantic seaboard to the Indian Ocean coastline.

1st August 2016 - NPS Report

Cooperative Threat Reduction in the Middle East & North Africa: Law-Related Tools for Success

Orde Kittrie

Since World War II, more WMD attacks have occurred in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region than in any other region of the world. Egypt used chemical weapons against Yemen from 1963 to 1967, Iraq used chemical weapons against Iran during the Iran-Iraq War, Iran reportedly used...

27th April 2016 - Jamestown Foundation

Recent Attacks Illuminate the Islamic State’s Europe Attack Network

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The recent major terrorist attacks in Paris and Brussels represent a watershed moment not just for the Islamic State (IS), but for the entire jihadist movement.

12th January 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Thomas Joscelyn and Bill Roggio comment on the latest from The Long War Journal.

7th January 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on how Islamic State has infiltrated the country.

23rd August 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Islamic State’s Supporters Want Mokhtar Belmokhtar Dead

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s supporters in Libya have continued their “wanted dead” campaign by targeting Mokhtar Belmokhtar, an al Qaeda leader who has long been loyal to Ayman al Zawahiri. The Islamic State’s loyalists have released an online poster for Belmokhtar (seen above), just as they...

12th July 2015 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - Defense News

UAE To Supply Regional Aid in Terror Fight

David Andrew Weinberg

The United Arab Emirates is instituting an armed forces commission to supply financial and military aid to Arab allies for counterterrorism efforts, a UAE source told Defense News.

7th July 2015 - CCTV

CCTV News Desk

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the latest attack by Boko Haram in Nigeria and the evolution of terrorism.

2nd July 2015 - CCTV

CCTV News Desk

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses counterterrorism strategy.

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Max J. Rosenthal - Mother Jones

Here’s What We Know About the Terrorist Attacks That Hit Tunisia, France, and Kuwait

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Dozens of people were killed on Friday in Tunisia, France, and Kuwait in what authorities in all three countries are calling terrorist attacks. Here's what we know so far.

15th June 2015 - Quoted by Sean D. Naylor - Foreign Policy

Will the U.S. Go After Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s Network?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Jihadi leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar’s death in a weekend airstrike in Libya, if confirmed, presents U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration with both a tantalizing opportunity and a complicated choice.

29th May 2015 - Quoted by Ahmed Charai - The National Interest

Morocco: Africa’s Great Stabilizer

Thomas Joscelyn

On May 14, the U.S. Senate showed rare bipartisanship in authorizing the extension of the African Growth and Opportunity Act — a bill designed to foster U.S.-African trade and investment and incentivizing African countries to foster the conditions for free markets. It was a signal that,...

18th May 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

ISIS Counterpunch Stuns U.S. and Iraq

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. officials are living in a dream world if they think they have got the so-called Islamic State on the run. Whenever the militants are forced back, they bounce straight back.

22nd April 2015 - Clingendael Netherlands Institute of International Relations

The Crisis in North Africa

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Arab Spring protests of 2011 that swept through the Middle East and North Africa radically reshaped the region’s political and security environment. Longstanding regimes in Egypt and Tunisia fell in a matter of weeks, though the political orders that underpinned these regimes remained...

19th April 2015 - Quoted by Twitchy

Because Crusades?

Horrific news out of African as there are now multiple news outlets reporting on a new ISIS video purporting to show the beheading of 30 Ethiopian Christians in Libya.


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