Analysis & Commentary

25th November 2015 - The Washington Times

Memo to Presidential Campaign Advisers

Clifford D. May

This memorandum is addressed to the brave souls advising presidential candidates. As you know, the recent terrorist attacks in France – and in Mali, Nigeria, Cameroon, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey and Israel – have altered the political landscape. With less than a year to go before the...

25th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Russia on Downing of Jet by Turkey: ‘We Have Serious Doubts It Was an Accident’

Boris Zilberman

In a press call on Wednesday morning, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters that Turkey's decision to shoot down a Russian warplane on Tuesday seemed like a "planned provocation."

25th November 2015 - FOX Business

The Intelligence Report

James Woolsey

Former CIA Director and Chairman of FDD's leadership council Amb. James Woolsey on whether Russian President Vladimir Putin will lead the fight against ISIS, and President Obama’s strategy for fighting the terror group.

24th November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Putin’s Belligerence Reaches a Tipping Point

Merve Tahiroglu, Patrick Megahan

Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet today after it violated the country’s airspace.

24th November 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on intelligence, the EU, and the Paris attacks.

24th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadist-led Coalition Launches Counteroffensive in Syria’s Aleppo Province

Thomas Joscelyn

The Jaysh al Fateh coalition, which is led by jihadist groups, claims to have overrun several towns and villages in the southern part of Syria’s Aleppo province in the past 24 hours. Leading factions in Jaysh al Fateh, including Al Nusrah Front and Ahrar al Sham, have posted a series of...

24th November 2015 - FOX Business

Countdown to the Closing Bell

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May discusses the battle against ISIS and global travel warnings.

24th November 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

NATO Backs Turkey But Seeks to Lower Tensions With Russia

Jonathan Schanzer

NATO says it stands with Turkey following an emergency meeting in Brussels of its 28 ambassadors requested by Ankara to discuss the downing a Russian warplane Tuesday by Turkish jets.

23rd November 2015 - NPR

The Diane Rehm Show

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on globalization, religious extremism, and jihad around the world.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by Max Fisher - Vox

The Problem at the Heart of ISIS — and Why the World Seems Unable to Solve It

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

If you look at a map of ISIS's territory over the past year, it seems to tell a promising story. The group has lost "something like 25 percent of their territory" since just last summer, according to Brookings scholar William McCants.

23rd November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss the extensive reach of Al-Qaeda today.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Intense Backlash to Syrian Refugees ‘Plays Right Into’ ISIS’ Hand

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A powerful backlash against asylum-seekers from the Middle East in the wake of the Paris attacks culminated last week in the US House of Representatives, which passed a bill that would stifle the flow of Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the US.

20th November 2015 - FDD Press Release

New Report Outlines Ways to Combat Islamic State’s Antiquities Trafficking

As the nation’s largest professional organization of archaeologists on the Middle East holds its annual meeting this week in Atlanta, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has released a new report analyzing the strategic role of antiquities trafficking in funding the terrorist...

20th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

The Long War Continues

Thomas Joscelyn

In many ways, the reaction to the horrific attacks in Paris has been familiar. There were the expressions of solidarity: flowers at French embassies; social media avatars changed from silly selfies to photos of the French flag snapping defiantly in the wind; buildings across the Western...

20th November 2015 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross on discusses the raid to find Abbaoud.

20th November 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Pilots Confirm: Obama Admin Blocks 75 Percent of Islamic State Strikes

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. military pilots who have returned from the fight against the Islamic State in Iraq are confirming that they were blocked from dropping 75 percent of their ordnance on terror targets because they could not get clearance to launch a strike, according to a leading member of Congress.

20th November 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Breacon

Iranian Fighter Jets Escort Russian Long-Range Bombers to Syria

Boris Zilberman

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday released multiple videos showing Moscow’s continued air and sea operations against targets in Syria.

20th November 2015 - CNN

The Situation Room

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the use of amphetamines by Syrian fighters.

19th November 2015 - Quoted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian

How Paris Attacks Have Strengthened Iran’s Position Over Syria

The attacks in Paris may have postponed Hassan Rouhani’s highly-anticipated visit to the Élysée Palace, which was scheduled for this week, but the Iranian president will soon travel to France with a better bargaining position over Syria.

18th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

BREMMER: The Paris Attacks Put Russia and Iran ‘In a Stronger Position’

Jonathan Schanzer

France has declared war on the Islamic State, and it is looking for partners.


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