Analysis & Commentary


24th May 2017 - Quoted by Kaitlin Lavinder - The Cipher Brief

Western Balkans in Russia’s Crosshairs

John Cappello

As NATO prepares to add another small Balkan country to its ranks – Montenegro is expected to join on June 5 – the region that has long been torn between the East and the West, and plagued with internal ethnic, socioeconomic, and political tensions is once again showing signs of...

23rd May 2017 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘The offer was too good to refuse’: A major Russian money-laundering case was settled in New York

John Cassara

A major money-laundering case set to go to trial last week in New York was suddenly settled three days earlier, with both the US government and the defendant, the Russian firm Prevezon Holdings, claiming victory.

18th May 2017 - Quoted by Jay Solomon, Bradly Olson - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Examines Russia’s Grip on Citgo Assets

Eric B. Lorber

U.S. financial authorities are looking into the Russian government’s growing leverage over Citgo Petroleum Corp. amid heightened concern that the Kremlin is seeking to use energy as a political weapon against the U.S., according to U.S. and congressional officials.

15th May 2017 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

North Korea’s Missile Launch a ‘Litmus Test’ for Trump and South Korean Leader

Anthony Ruggiero

President Donald Trump will speak again to the newly elected South Korean president—who during his campaign advocated more direct engagement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. That was before North Korea’s ballistic missile test over the weekend.

11th May 2017 - The Long War Journal

Tabqah, Syria liberated from the Islamic State

Thomas Joscelyn

US-backed forces have liberated the city of Tabqah, the Tabqah Dam and an airfield from the Islamic State, according to Central Command (CENTCOM) and Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).

10th May 2017 - WMAL 105.9 FM

Mornings on the Mall

Clifford D. May

FDD president and founder Clifford D. May discusses Lavrov to meet with Trump and the US to arm Syrian Kurds.

2nd May 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Mysterious rash of Russian deaths casts suspicion on Vladimir Putin

Boris Zilberman

A former member of the Russian parliament is gunned down in broad daylight in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev. A longtime Russian ambassador to the United Nations drops dead at work. A Russian-backed commander in the breakaway Ukrainian province of Donetsk is blown up in an elevator. A Russian...

29th April 2017 - Newsweek

Russia Risks a Showdown with Israel Over Hezbollah in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

Back in 1967, Moscow shrugged when Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser closed the Straits of Tiran, cutting shipping routes to the Israeli port of Eilat—Israel’s only one in the Red Sea. Egyptian and Syrian troop movements on the Israeli border — coupled with Nasser’s fiery...

25th April 2017 - Quoted by Lazaro Gamio - Axios

Expect Putin to inject chaos into French election

Pasi Eronen

The polls say centrist Emmanuel Macron has more or less smooth sailing to the French presidency in the second round of voting on May 7. But Kremlin-linked hackers have already attempted to infiltrate his campaign, and political observers expect further attempts to disrupt the election by...

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Boost Military Ties Amid U.S. Action In Syria

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran and Russia are moving closer together in their military alliance, working to boost ties and coordination in Syria and elsewhere in the region following the U.S. decision to launch a military strike in Syria, according to regional reports and experts.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments.

20th April 2017 - Fox News

Syria’s chemical program: Rubio ‘gravely concerned’ about Iran & Russia complicity

Benjamin Weinthal

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio told Fox News he’s “gravely concerned” about Iran’s role in helping Syria develop its chemical warfare program that ended up killing dozens of people weeks ago.

17th April 2017 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Engel: US can’t allow Libya to become ‘puppet government of Russia’

Boris Zilberman

President Trump's team needs to take care to prevent Libya from falling under the sway of Russia, according to U.S. policymakers and experts.

17th April 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Russia’s Propaganda Machine Sets Its Sights On The Balkans

John Cappello

Russian propaganda campaigns have become a serious concern for Western governments over the last year, but it’s Europe’s Balkan countries could be the Kremlin’s next major focus.

14th April 2017 - Quoted by Andrew C. McCarthy - PJ Media

Republican Congress AWOL on Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Where is the Republican-controlled Congress on Syria? By all accounts, it is busy cheerleading the president's firing of 59 Tomahawk missiles at a foreign sovereign -- an offensive attack that was unprovoked and unauthorized by Congress, rendering it unconstitutional.

13th April 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

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

7th April 2017 - 660 AM The Answer

The Mark Davis Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses the recent Syria missile strike in response to Assad's chemical weapons attack.

6th April 2017 - Quoted by Bill Powell - Newsweek

The Risks of Trump’s Strike on Assad in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

In light of President Donald Trump's decision to launch missiles at Syrian military targets on Thursday in response to a sarin gas attack on civilians, here’s a window into the complexity on the ground in Syria.

5th April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Russia Escalates Disinformation Campaign in Western Balkans

John Cappello

Russia is entering a new phase in its disinformation campaign in the Western Balkans, escalating disinformation and propaganda, and aggressively pushing messages of inevitable war with the European Union and NATO.

3rd April 2017 - Fox News

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Boris Zilberman

FDD's Deputy Director of Congressional Relations Boris Zilberman comments on the recent attack in St. Petersburg.

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