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25th July 2013 - NPR

Morning Edition

Mark Dubowitz

The election of Hassan Rouhani has presented the Obama administration with a policy challenge. FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses.

23rd July 2013 - New Atlanticist

Defining Coups, and Political Dysfunction

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a recent congressional hearing, Representative Brad Sherman’s observation got it entirely right: more than two weeks after Mohammed Morsi’s ouster from power...

23rd July 2013 - Quoted by The Associated Press

Congress Threatens New Iran Sanctions as Obama Gauges Flexibility of Incoming Leader Rouhani

Mark Dubowitz

Congress is considering a new series of hard-hitting Iran sanctions on everything from mining and construction to the Islamic republic’s already...

19th July 2013 - Quoted by Michael Warren, The Weekly Standard

131 House Members Sign Dovish Letter on Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

131 members of the House, including 114 Democrats--a majority of the conference in the House--and 17 Republicans, have signed a letter to Barack Obama...

18th July 2013 - NOW

The Battle for Aleppo Never Began

Tony Badran

With the Obama administration’s Syria policy still a mystery, and as the world became preoccupied with Egypt, Syria quietly fell from the headlines following...

12th July 2013 - Forbes

Have Tehran’s Tankers Hijacked the Tanzanian Flag?

When President Obama visited Tanzania last week, he praised the East African country as a place with which he feels a “special connection.”

12th July 2013 - Quoted by Dustin Walker, Real Clear Defense

Zero Option Talk Makes McKeon Fear Iraq Repeat

Bill Roggio

On Monday, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration was “giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States...

10th July 2013 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Who’s in Charge in Egypt? In the Obama Administration?

Jonathan Schanzer, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Disarray is the order of the day — both in Egypt and in the Obama administration. The Post reports: Interim President Adly Mansour appointed a new prime minister...

3rd July 2013 - PJ Media

Obama’s New World Order: Power to Our Enemies, Death to Our Friends & a Fish in the President’s Face

Michael Ledeen

The anti-Morsi, anti-Muslim Brotherhood, and therefore anti-Obama demonstrations in Egypt are the biggest in human history. It’s quite something, an historic event.

2nd July 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Obama to Egypt's Morsi: 'Democracy is about more than elections.'

20th June 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Obama in Africa

President Barack Obama will travel to Africa -- Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa -- for one week beginning June 22. Mr. Obama will arrive at a crucial moment for African security.

20th June 2013 - NOW

Tactical Shift?

Tony Badran

In his first public remarks since deciding to strengthen the Syrian opposition, President Barack Obama dismissed the prevailing notion that this move constitutes a policy shift.

18th June 2013 - Interviewed by la Razon - Spain

Al Régimen de Asad No le Quedan Cartas

Emanuele Ottolenghi

La tardía decisión de Obama de apoyar a los rebeldes responde a la idea de que el régimen de Asad puede ganar la guerra. Dudo que en la reunión del G-8 se proponga...

18th June 2013 - Foreign Policy

Is Obama a Berliner?

Benjamin Weinthal

Obama: Ist er ein Berliner? The German weekly Die Zeit posed this question a few days ahead of the U.S. president's visit to the city on Tuesday, June 18. The article...

14th June 2013 - Syndicated

The Frank Gaffney Show

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah reflects on yesterday’s announcement by the Obama administration that it considers the Syrian government to have crossed a “red line” through its use...

13th June 2013 - The Long War Journal

US to Arm Syrian Rebels After Chemical Weapons ‘Red Line’ is Crossed

Bill Roggio

After determining that President Bashir al Assad's regime crossed the "red line" by using chemical weapons, the Obama administration has decided to increase aid to Syrian...

10th June 2013 - The Weekly Standard

See No Evil

Thomas Joscelyn

During his speech at the National Defense University on May 23, President Obama sought to reassure Americans that they are “safer” because of the administration’s “efforts” to fight terrorism. The controversy...

5th June 2013 - Quoted by Michael Wilner, The Jerusalem Post

House Committee Examines Obama Policy on Syria

Tony Badran

The US House Committee on Foreign Affairs addressed President Barack Obama’s performance in Syria on Wednesday, criticizing perceived backpedaling...

5th June 2013 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

TESTIMONY: Washington’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran

As the Syrian uprising enters its third year, the terrible cost of the Assad’s regime war against the people of Syria is by now well known. Over 80,000 Syrians are dead, more than 1.5 million...

3rd June 2013 - Quoted by Josh Lederman, The Associated Press

Obama Orders New Sanctions on Iran’s Currency, Auto Sector, Upping Pressure Over Nuke Program

Mark Dubowitz

Turning the screw on Iran and its nuclear program, the Obama administration imposed new sanctions Monday on Iran's currency and auto industry, seeking to render Iranian...

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