Analysis & Commentary

29th October 2015 - Standpoint Magazine

Flirting With Disaster

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Syrian refugee crisis has so far elicited both solidarity and anxiety in Europe. Neither response offers a policy solution.

28th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US Just Sent a Major Signal About How It Views Iranian Legitimacy in the Middle East

Tony Badran

Iran has been invited for the first time to participate in peace talks on Syria, in a move that recognizes Tehran as a legitimate stakeholder in the future of a country well into its fifth year of civil war.

27th October 2015 - FOX Business

Varney & Co.

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman R. James Woolsey discusses the possibility of U.S. boots on the ground in Syria.

27th October 2015 - Zack Beauchamp - Vox

The New “Three R’s” of America’s ISIS Strategy, Explained

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The United States is now shifting its strategy in the fight against ISIS, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said in testimony on Tuesday to the Senate Armed Services Committee. These changes, Carter said, "can be described by what I call the three R's." Those are: the Syrian city of Raqqa, the...

27th October 2015 - Quoted by Avi Asher-Schapiro - VICE News

Russia Is Transforming the Syrian Civil War Into ‘Game of Thrones’ on Crack

Thomas Joscelyn

As Russia deepens its military footprint in Syria, the country's dizzying constellation of rebel groups are scrambling to adjust — and it's not clear who will come out on top.

26th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn comment on Helmand province and Syria.

26th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen comments on Iran, Russia, and Syria.

26th October 2015 -


Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Dr. Michael Ledeen on new concerns over a Tehran-Moscow alliance.

25th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Appears ‘Moderate’ Compared to Islamic State, Veteran Jihadist Says

Thomas Joscelyn

Jihadists in Syria have released the second edition of Al Risalah, an English-language magazine. The publication, which was distributed via social media earlier today, is a thinly-veiled piece of al Qaeda propaganda.

25th October 2015 - PJ Media

Who’s Winning in Syria?

Michael Ledeen

Who’s winning the Middle East war? It’s never an easy question to answer, even for the most skilled and informed analysts.

23rd October 2015 - Kayhan TV

The IRGC’s New Deployment Pattern in Syria

FDD senior fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the deployment pattern of the IRGC in Syria.

23rd October 2015 - The Arab Weekly

The IRGC’s New Deployment Pattern

The October 7th death of Brigadier-General Hossein Hamedani, the most senior Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commander killed in the Syrian war, underlines Iran’s growing military involvement in the conflict.

22nd October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD deputy director Boris Zilberman discusses Russia's military actions in Syria.

21st October 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Hard Line

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies discusses Bashir al-Assad's surprise trip to Moscow to meet with Vladimir Putin.

20th October 2015 - Center for Security Policy

Secure Freedom Radio

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD research fellow Benjamin Weinthal comments on Europe's perspective on migration and Iran deal.

20th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand and Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

Insanely Clear Drone Footage Shows a Syrian Army Offensive in a Rebel Stronghold of Damascus

Boris Zilberman

Unnervingly clear drone footage shows an ongoing Syrian army offensive against a rebel stronghold in Damascus.

19th October 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

Thomas Joscelyn

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on the death of Al Qaeda leader Sanafi al Nasr.

19th October 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellows Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn discuss al Qaeda and the Taliban.

19th October 2015 - Hoover Institution

The Middle East After The Iranian Nuclear Accord

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not long ago the Obama administration tried to explain Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s budgetary priorities. The White House’s assertion that the Islamic Republic’s future spending would overwhelmingly be used for domestic, non-military needs was a response to the bipartisan fear...

19th October 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn comments on death of Sanafi al-Nasr in Syria and the Khorasan Group.


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