Analysis & Commentary

3rd December 2015 - Tablet Magazine

Understanding Syria: Whose Side Are We On, Anyway?

Tony Badran

The White House and the Kremlin are currently working in parallel toward a common objective in Syria: cutting off support to Syrian rebels fighting the Assad regime by closing the Turkish-Syrian border.

2nd December 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

How Turkey’s Porous Border With Syria Ties Into Islamic State Financing

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey must “do more within its own territory, so it controls its border, which it has not done effectively since [Islamic State] first arose,” Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran To Hit ‘Jackpot’ With Sanctions Relief, GOP Lawmaker Claims

While a key Republican on foreign policy says Iran about to hit the “jackpot” of sanctions relief, a former top Obama administration counterterrorism official argues that Iran can be trusted to not use money for expanding its military proxy and terrorist-support operations in the Middle...

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Is US Preparing To Crack Down On IRGC?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A key panel of Congress is getting closer to slapping new sanctions on Iran's revolutionary guards despite warnings that doing so could undermine the nuclear deal with Tehran.

2nd December 2015 - BBC Radio 5

Up All Night

Tony Badran

FDD fellow Tony Badran comments on the response to the Paris attacks and strategy to fight ISIS.

2nd December 2015 - 512 New Media

The Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May comments on Russian actions in Syria, Turkey, and the battle against ISIS.

2nd December 2015 - The Hill

Britain’s Corbyn Is No Laughing Matter

Oren Kessler

"Few people outside Britain have ever heard of Jeremy Corbyn," the British journalist Nick Cohen wrote in July, dubbing the member of Parliament (MP) the "long-shot" candidate to lead the Labour Party. Half a year later, Corbyn is Labour chairman, and still, few outside his home country know...

2nd December 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Serving As Russia’s ‘Ground Force’ In Syria

Iranian militants have begun acting as Russia’s de facto “ground force” in Syria, where they have begun waging “an ethnic cleansing campaign” in order to eradicate opposition to the embattled President Bashar al-Assad, according to leading members of Congress, defense officials,...

1st December 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Erdogan Has a Trump Card Against Putin That Would Transform the Syrian War

Boris Zilberman

Following the downing of a Russian warplane last week by Turkey, Russia has shown no signs of letting up on its military operations near the Turkish-Syrian border.

1st December 2015 - WJLA

Town Hall

Clifford D. May

An expert panel of guests joined for a town hall discussion with Sinclair to talk about the complications, and possible solutions to defeating ISIS.

1st December 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Israel Holds Firm to Red Lines in Syria Despite Russian Presence

David Daoud

Israel reportedly carried out four airstrikes in Syria’s Qalamoun Mountains near the Lebanese border last week, killing eight Hezbollah fighters and five Syrian soldiers, and wounding dozens.

1st December 2015 - FOX Business

Mornings with Maria

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the meeting between Presidents Obama and Putin.

30th November 2015 - Interviewed by Vocal Europe

Monday Talk with Aykan Erdemir on EU-Turkey Summit

Aykan Erdemir

Vocal Europe: Underlying what happened last week where a Russian warplane was pulled down by Turkish security forces, how do you see the future of Turkey-Russia relations in short-, and mid-term; and to what extend this had an impact on the Turkey-EU Summit on November 29?

30th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

Putin’s Latest Message to Turkey Could ‘Spin Any Future Incident Beyond Control’

Boris Zilberman

Russia has reportedly equipped its warplanes flying in Syria with air-to-air missiles for self-defense for the first time, Reuters reported on Monday, citing Russian news agencies.

30th November 2015 - BBC


Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the strained relations between Russia and Turkey.

30th November 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on the Paris climate change summit, President Obama’s strategy for fighting ISIS and his meeting with Vladimir Putin.

29th November 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Are France and the EU Serious About Combating Jihadism?

Benjamin Weinthal

France's Socialist President Francois Hollande declared on Friday that he will leave no stone unturned in his country’s response to Islamic State’s massacre of 130 people in Paris.

28th November 2015 - FOX News

America’s New HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on the situation in Syria and tensions between Turkey and Russia.

28th November 2015 - The Long War Journal

British Prime Minister Highlights Islamic State’s Threat to UK, West

Thomas Joscelyn

Britain’s police and security services have “disrupted no fewer than 7 terrorist plots to attack the UK” in the past 12 months, all of which “were either linked to” the Islamic State or “inspired” by the group’s propaganda, according to British Prime Minister David Cameron....

27th November 2015 - CNN

CNN Newsroom

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD senior fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the fractured relationship between Putin & Erdogan.


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