Analysis & Commentary

6th April 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US-led coalition says ‘much work remains to defeat’ to ISIS

Thomas Joscelyn

Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR), which oversees the coalition to defeat the Islamic State, warned today that “much work remains to defeat” Abu Bakr al Baghdadi’s organization in Iraq and Syria. The US-led coalition’s statement is at odds with the...

19th September 2017 - CTV

CTV News

David Adesnik

FDD's David Adesnik on President Trump's UN speech.

16th August 2017 - Quoted by Thomas Watkins - Agence France Presse

Pentagon adjusts to life under unpredictable commander-in-chief

John Hannah

After days of fiery talk of possible military intervention in the North Korea nuclear stand-off, Pentagon officials late last week suddenly found themselves digesting a surprising piece of breaking news.

4th August 2017 - Quoted by Iran Focus

Trump and Tillerson Disagree Over Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The debate on verifying Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal rages on behind closed doors in the White House with Donald Trump reportedly eager to find the noncompliant with the deal but being held back by his administration.

3rd August 2017 - Quoted by Laura King and Sabra Ayres - The Los Angeles Times

U.S.-Russia sanctions flap can be exploited politically by both Putin and Trump

Eric S. Edelman

President Trump is warning that U.S.-Russia relations are at a perilous nadir. But for both him and Russian President Vladimir Putin, this particular dark cloud has a distinct silver lining.

2nd August 2017 - News Talk 770

Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge

Boris Zilberman

FDD deputy director of congressional relations Boris Zilberman speaks about the the new Russia sanctions signed into law by Donald Trump on Afternoons with Rob Breakenridge.

24th July 2017 - Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

Trump White House Tests a Nation’s Capacity for Outrage

David B. Rivkin

When President Trump publicly declared last weekend that his Justice Department should investigate Hillary Clinton, his exhortation generated relatively little reaction.

18th July 2017 - The New York Times

On Iran, Trump Is Obama 2.0

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Mr. Wang’s seizure, like so many other aggressive actions that the Iranian regime has engaged in since the nuclear deal was concluded, should have, some of his supporters surely thought, obliged the White House to abandon the Iran policy advanced by his predecessor.

6th July 2017 - Politico

Time for Trump to Get Tough on China

Beijing has failed to rein in North Korea. A little hardball might get Chinese leaders’ attention.

29th June 2017 - CNN

CNN Newsroom

FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero was featured on CNN Newsroom discussing the new sanctions imposed by the U.S. on China's Bank of Dandong, citing connections to North Korean illicit activity.

14th June 2017 - Quoted by Jay Solomon, Felicia Schwartz, Jonathan Cheng - The Wall Street Journal

American Jailed in North Korea Returns Home After Mission to Free Him

The White House secretly sent a diplomatic mission to North Korea this week to recover a U.S. citizen who the Trump administration had learned was in a life-threatening coma, senior U.S. officials said, an episode that could inflame tensions with Pyongyang.

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 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Jonathan Schanzer discusses President Trump's efforts to recruit Middle Eastern countries to fight terrorism.

31st May 2017 - The Washington Times

The battles of Britain and Egypt

Clifford D. May

The slaughter of 22 concertgoers in Manchester last week was followed four days later by the murder of 29 Christians traveling by bus to a monastery in the desert south of Cairo. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for both attacks. In an internet video, a masked spokesman denounced the...

30th May 2017 - Fox News

Trump, Germany’s Merkel clash over trade, NATO and ‘Western values’

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany and the U.S. emerged from Memorial Day weekend in a war of words, as Chancellor Angela Merkel and her coalition partners attacked America’s reliability as a world power and President Trump fired back on Twitter.

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 - 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

26th May 2017 - Quoted by Jessica Holzer - Foreign Policy

Boeing’s Iran Deal Puts Trump in Tough Spot

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Boeing’s planned multibillion-dollar aircraft sales to Iran are facing a growing backlash from Republicans in Washington, but one key politician has stayed silent: Donald Trump.

26th May 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Unfinished Business

Thomas Joscelyn

Donald Trump is fond of claiming that his predecessor mismanaged America's role in the world. "And I have to just say that the world is a mess. I inherited a mess," the president noted during a joint press conference with King Abdullah of Jordan in the Rose Garden on April 5. "Whether it's...


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