Analysis & Commentary


31st July 2017 - Quoted by Daniel R. DePetris - The Huffington Post

On Qatar, What If the Best Thing for the U.S. is to Hang Back?

John Hannah

Nearly a month ago, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt made a critical foreign policy decision which could roil relations in the Persian Gulf for a very long period of time: They severed ties with their Qatari neighbor.

11th June 2017 - Quoted by Arab News

Analyst urges US to ensure Qatar ends support for terror

David Andrew Weinberg

A senior US scholar has urged Washington to ensure that Qatar ends its support “once and for all” for the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and other jihadists.

10th June 2017 - Quoted by Sarah Broskivic - Al Arabiya

Qatar one of primary sources of terror funding in region

David Andrew Weinberg

Tension rose gradually between Qatar, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. The four countries decided to sever their diplomatic relations with Doha, close all ports to the transportation coming to and from Qatar and prevent the crossing of Qatari transport in the...

8th June 2017 - The National Interest

Qatar vs. Saudi Arabia: How Iran and the Brotherhood Tore the Gulf Apart

David Andrew Weinberg

The Gulf monarchies face the most serious crisis in their history. It is largely being covered as a diplomatic spat, since several Arab nations terminated their relations with Qatar on Monday to protest its support for radical Islamists. But the crisis has an economic component as well....

7th June 2017 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

ISIS Attacks in Tehran Directed at ‘Symbols of Power,’ Iranian Expert Says

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic State terrorist attacks in the Iranian capital of Tehran on Wednesday were intended “to target the symbolic centers of power” in the Shiite Islamic Republic, an Iranian expert on the Middle East told The Algemeiner.

7th June 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Executions Continue After Rouhani’s Reelection

Tzvi Kahn

Iran has executed at least 20 people since President Hassan Rouhani’s reelection on May 19. This grim statistic offers continuity with his first term in office, which saw some 3,000 executions. It also suggests that Rouhani – notwithstanding his reputation as a moderate – remains...

6th June 2017 - Quoted by Donna Abu-Nasr, Zainab Fattah, Ahmed Feteha - Bloomberg

The Saudi Prince, the Sheikh and a Gulf Renegade

David Andrew Weinberg

The choreographed statements by Saudi Arabia and three allies to quarantine Qatar at just after 6 a.m. on June 5 were not signed, but there was no mistake about who was behind them.

5th June 2017 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates discusses Arab Countries Response to Terrorism at FDD's event on Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood.

5th June 2017 - Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

Gulf states’ feud is a big test for Team Trump

David Andrew Weinberg

Escalating hostility among Gulf countries can be an opportunity for America — or spell doom for President Trump’s attempt to organize an anti-extremist coalition to pacify the Middle East and check Iran’s malign influence.

2nd June 2017 - Quoted by Egypt Today Staff - Egypt Today

Ex-US security adviser on Qatar’s appeasement of terrorism

John Hannah

Qatar’s relations with Arab and Gulf States have strained in the recent days following Emir of Qatar Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani’ remarks against neighboring countries, which have declared their war on terrorism; senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies John Hannah said in...

2nd June 2017 - The Weekly Standard

‘Principled Realism’

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump's recent sojourn in the Middle East leaves the United States where it was before the president departed: His administration remains committed to containing Iran while philosophically adopting a pre-9/11 approach to combating Sunni Islamic militancy.

31st May 2017 - Quoted by Joseph Hammond - Washington Examiner

How a ‘fake news’ controversy in Qatar exposed real Middle East tensions

David Andrew Weinberg

The government of Qatar claims it has been the victim of cyberattack after inflammatory statements were attributed to the Arab nation's ruler. But the "fake news" is resonating because it exposed all too real tensions roiling nominal Middle Eastern allies.

28th May 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Seibert - The Arab Weekly

Qatar faces threat of punitive legislation as US officials decry Brotherhood ties

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

Qatar, a key ally of the United States in the Middle East, is facing accusa­tions in Wash­ington that it has been playing a double game: Showing a friendly face to the United States while supporting the Muslim Brotherhood and radical offshoots of the Islamist move­ment, such as Hamas....

27th May 2017 - Quoted by Saudi Gazette

It’s more than a security breach!

David Andrew Weinberg

The Qatari claim that its news agency was hacked and the controversial statements were put in its leader’s mouth is far more than a security breach and appears to have set Doha against the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, analysts believe.

27th May 2017 - Fox News

Journal Editorial Report with Paul Gigot

Clifford D. May

FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May discusses Trump's first trip abroad and it's implications for U.S. foreign policy

24th May 2017 - Quoted by Gulf News

US contemplates sanctions against Qatar

A conference on Tuesday entitled: “Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood’s Global Affiliates: New US Administration Considers New Policies” by the Foundation for the Defence of Democracies with the Hudson Institute and The George Washington University’s Centre for Cyber & Homeland...

24th May 2017 - Quoted by Jon Gambrell - Associated Press

Hack, fake story expose real tensions between Qatar, Gulf

David Andrew Weinberg

Incendiary statements about Iran and Israel posted on Qatar's state-run news agency that authorities blamed on hackers sparked a regional dispute Wednesday, with the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia blocking Qatari media including Al-Jazeera.

23rd May 2017 - Quoted by Shawn Snow - Military Times

U.S. forces injured in Yemen raid

Several U.S. troops were injured on Tuesday after coming under fire during a raid against an al-Qaida target in Marib Governorate in Yemen.

22nd May 2017 - WMAL Am 630

Mornings on the Mall

Clifford D. May

FDD Founder and President Clifford D. May discusses Trump's first trip abroad and its implications for US foreign policy.

22nd May 2017 - Foreign Policy

Qatar Needs to Do Its Part

John Hannah

An important goal of President Donald Trump’s meetings with Arab and Islamic leaders this past weekend was to encourage them to shoulder more of the burden in defending our common interests, particularly in combating the threats from terrorism and Iran.

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