Analysis & Commentary


16th April 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

A Third Way to Address the Iranian Threat

Michael Ledeen

With an Iranian presidential election coming in June, President Obama may be presented with a second chance to get his policy right. In 2009, when massive protests followed Iran's disputed presidential vote...

15th April 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Wheels Off the Bus in Obama Middle East Policy: Fayyad Quits

Jonathan Schanzer

Salam Fayyad has resigned as prime minister of the Palestinian Authority. Losing practically the only Palestinian leader committed to building civil society and limiting corruption is a blow...

7th April 2013 - Cited by Scott Shane, The New York Times

Targeted Killing Comes to Define War on Terror

Bill Roggio

In Pakistan, where the SEAL raid that killed Bin Laden sent Pakistani-American relations into a tailspin, drone strikes — though deeply unpopular — are tolerated by the security establishment.

6th April 2013 - Quoted by Joby Warrick, The Washington Post

Diplomats See ‘Wide Gulf’ as Iran Talks End in a Muddle

Mark Dubowitz

The failure of the sides to achieve tangible progress — or even a firm date for new talks — was seen as a disappointment for the Obama administration, though most experts had anticipated at best modest progress...

1st April 2013 - Standpoint

Iran’s Time Bomb

Emanuele Ottolenghi

When US Vice-President Joe Biden finally got to comment on Iran in his recent speech at the policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington D.C., he lowered his voice almost to a whisper...

28th March 2013 - 1330 am WEBY - Northwest Florida

Middle East Roundtable

Jonathan Schanzer

President Obama's trip to the Middle East and other developments in the region.

28th March 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

Relations between Israel and Turkey and Obama's trip to Israel.

28th March 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Crossing Jordan

Clifford D. May

Meeting with King Abdullah II in Jordan last Friday, President Obama was gracious enough to mention the monarch’s great-grandfather, King Abdullah I, who “gave his life in the name of peace.”

27th March 2013 - CNN

Now Obama Needs to Pressure Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer, Emanuele Ottolenghi

In a surprise development on Friday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued an apology to Turkish Prime Minister Yayyip Erdoğan over the ill-fated May 2010 flotilla conflict on the high seas between Israeli...

26th March 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Stopping an Undetectable Iranian Bomb

Mark Dubowitz, Orde Kittrie

Iran's nuclear program dominated last week's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A key challenge for both leaders: how to stop Iran's...

26th March 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer analyzes the Obama administration's decision to try al Qaeda spokesman Abu Ghaith in a civilian court rather than a military tribunal and assesses whether this decision diminishes his intelligence value.

26th March 2013 - America's Radio News Network

Mid-Morning Edition

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Obama's trip to the Middle East, and al-Qaeda's strategy in the changing Middle East.

25th March 2013 - CNN

Flash Brief

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discuss whether President Obama met expectations during his Middle East trip.

25th March 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iraq: The Consequences of Bugging Out

Clifford D. May

There is no better example of the trouble wrought by President Obama and Hillary Clinton’s policy of retreat and retrenchment than the sight of Secretary of State John Kerry pleading with Iraqi...

23rd March 2013 - CTV News

News Update

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Obama's trip to the Middle East.

22nd March 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Israeli Leader Apologizes to Turkey for Fatal Ship Raid

Clifford D. May, Jonathan Schanzer, Tony Badran

Apologizing to Turkey should be seen as a concession by Prime Minister Netanyahu to President Obama because escalating tensions between Turkey, a NATO member, and Israel, America’s most reliable...

22nd March 2013 - Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford D. May discusses President Obama's recent trip to the Middle East, including his comments on stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

22nd March 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses President Obama's trip to Israel and his statements on stopping Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

22nd March 2013

FDD Applauds Bipartisan Syria Legislation

During the week marking the two year anniversary of the crisis in Syria, Congress introduced two bills that could potentially change the situation on the ground: The Syria Democratic Transition Act of 2013 and the Free Syria Act of 2013.

21st March 2013 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda-Linked Group Claims Responsibility for Rocket Attacks on Israel

Thomas Joscelyn

The Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC), an al Qaeda-linked group, has claimed credit for a rocket attack on Israel early this morning. Two rockets landed in Sderot, Israel, while two or perhaps...

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