Analysis & Commentary

13th February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Pakistani General talks tough on terrorism, but remains short on action

Bill Roggio

During the “Chiefs of Defence” meeting held in Kabul earlier today, Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff claimed that his country “has eliminated all terrorist sanctuaries from its soil” and blamed “residual signatures of terrorists” on Afghan refugees living there.

13th October 2017 - Quoted by Brett Stephens - The New York Times

Donald Trump Takes a Hostage

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators warn never to take a hostage you can’t shoot. By announcing Friday that the administration would not certify that the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran was in the national interest, Donald Trump has taken a hostage.

13th October 2017 - The Washington Examiner

Trump throws a Hail Mary pass against Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Trump has finally decertified his predecessor's nuclear agreement with Iran. Twice before, in April and July, Trump certified, per the requirement in the 2015 Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act, that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remained in the interest of the United...

10th October 2017 - Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

Trump’s plan for the Iran nuclear deal runs straight through a diplomatic minefield

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump has made up his mind about how he will seek to toughen an historic international accord to limit Iran's nuclear program, according to the White House.

8th October 2017 - Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

5 things to know about Trump and the Iran deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump appears poised next week to announce that the landmark Iran nuclear agreement is no longer in the national interest of the United States.

7th October 2017 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Trump finally has a plan to take on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

After more than nine months in office, President Trump finally has an Iran policy.

5th October 2017 - Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Column One: Trump and Obama’s Third Term

Tony Badran

The problem is that substantively, there is no real difference between Obama and Trump, not in the Middle East and not anywhere.

2nd October 2017 - Quoted by Big News Network

Diplomatic approach with North Korea a waste of Time?

1st October 2017 - Quoted by Mark Niquette and Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Trump Says Tillerson Is ‘Wasting His Time’ on North Korea Talks

President Donald Trump’s admonishment of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson for “wasting his time’’ in seeking negotiations with North Korea further highlighted differences within the administration on how best to get Kim Jong Un to halt his nuclear weapons program.

28th September 2017 - Quoted by Katrina Manson - The Financial Times

Trump keeps Europe guessing on Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

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28th September 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

After Trump’s third meeting with Netanyahu, experts perplexed with approach

Grant Rumley

Even back in 2004, when Donald Trump was the host of the reality television show The Apprentice, the real estate developer expressed supreme confidence in his ability to solve the decades long Israeli-Arab conflict. Trump told former Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry that year:...

8th September 2017 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

The Art of Renegotiating the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Since Donald Trump assumed the presidency, European allies have worried he will fulfill his campaign promise and pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal.

8th September 2017 - The Hill

Nikki Haley shows blinders may finally be off on US-Iran policy

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In her recent speech, Ambassador Haley signaled that the US's previously narrow focus on Iran's nuclear endeavors could rightfully expand to include all of Iran's malign behavior.

5th September 2017 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - Sinclair Broadcast Group

Experts warn of danger to U.S. companies if Trump follows through on China threats

John Hannah

As the gulf between the U.S. and North Korea over Kim Jong Un’s nuclear weapons program grows, one of the few things that the two countries continue to have in common is that their biggest trading partner is China, a fact that complicates the Trump administration’s efforts to employ...

31st August 2017 - Quoted by Aaron Magid - Jewish Insider

Greenblatt’s Gaza proposal leaves more questions than answers

Grant Rumley

Towards the end of Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt’s trip to the Middle East this week, he visited the Israeli-Gaza border with IDF Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories. “It is clear that the Palestinian Authority must resume its role...

31st August 2017 - Quoted by Zachary Cohen and Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Trump administration’s mixed North Korea signals raise questions about US strategy

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that "talking is not the answer" when it comes to reining in North Korea -- seeming to contradict some of his top Cabinet officials who insist the US will continue to seek a peaceful resolution to tensions with Pyongyang, despite its provocative missile...

30th August 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump’s foreign policy gets one right

Aykan Erdemir

We haven’t been shy about criticizing the Trump administration’s many foreign policy failures. It’s only fair then to acknowledge when it gets one right.

30th August 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The administration’s incoherence on North Korea intensifies

North Korea’s launch of a ballistic missile over Japan was unprecedented, but President Trump’s response Tuesday was not — a renewal of his warning that “all options are on the table.” His tough talk may only serve to remind that the possibility of military action has not yet...

30th August 2017 - WIND Chicago

Chicago’s Morning Answer

Clifford D. May

FDD president Clifford May joins Chicago's Morning Answer to discuss North Korea and national security issues.

29th August 2017 - Quoted by Zachary Cohen - CNN

After ‘fire and fury,’ Trump’s North Korea approach comes full-circle

The month of August has been a roller coaster of fluctuating tensions for the US and North Korea, accentuated by a war of words between the leaders of both nations.


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