Analysis & Commentary


3rd October 2018 - Quoted by Jacob Siegel - Tablet Magazine

Iran Looms Over Merkel’s Israel Visit

Benjamin Weinthal

A week after Benjamin Netanyahu told an audience at the U.N. that “Europe and others are appeasing Iran,” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the unofficial leader of Europe and head of its most powerful state, will arrive in Jerusalem tonight on a scheduled visit. Iran is virtually certain...

3rd October 2018 - FDD Study

North Korean cyber attacks complement its nuclear capabilities: FDD Study

David Maxwell, Mathew Ha

While North Korea’s cyber capabilities cannot match those of China or Russia, Pyongyang’s operatives are making significant improvements and pose a threat to U.S. economic and national security, according to a new report issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)....

3rd October 2018 - The Washington Times

The life, times and foreign policies of Jimmy Carter

Clifford D. May

Those elected to high office are stars but the success of their shows often depends on supporting actors: their advisors. For nearly 50 years, Stuart E. Eizenstat has been a wise advisor to Democratic leaders. He served as President Clinton’s ambassador to the European Union, and in senior...

2nd October 2018 - BBC

The Today Program

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins The Today Program to discuss the Europe's response to the Iran Nuclear Deal.

2nd October 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany’s best-selling paper calls for end of Iran trade to protect Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

In an eye-popping commentary on Monday, Germany’s top-selling Bild newspaper urged businesses to stop trade with the Islamic Republic of Iran because of its terrorism and the regime’s goal of obliterating the Jewish state.

2nd October 2018 - i24

Crossroads

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Senior Fellow Behnam Ben Taleblu joins Crossroads to discuss Iran's nuclear program and reports from the IAEA.

2nd October 2018 - CBN News

CBN News

Mathew Ha

FDD's Mathew Ha joins CBN News to talk about North Korean denuclearization and US strategy in the region.

2nd October 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab on southern Somalia coast

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

Yesterday, US Forces killed nine Shabaab terrorists in a strike 40 km northeast of Kismayo after the al Qaeda branch attacked Somali forces operating in the area. The strike took place near the town of Jamaame, a former Shabaab safe haven that was liberated by Somali forces just one day...

2nd October 2018 - Quoted by The Jerusalem Post

Merkel and Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to begin a two-day visit to Israel on Wednesday, and her country’s perturbing policy on Iran is likely to top the agenda in her meetings with Israeli leaders. In a video podcast last week, Merkel stressed that Germany and Israel share a unique...

1st October 2018 - Voice of America

VOA Persia

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Foundation for Defense of Democracies' Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses recent Iranian missile strikes in Syria with VOA Persia.

1st October 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Badness personified

Thomas Joscelyn

On September 4, the Taliban announced that Jalaluddin Haqqani had “passed away after a long battle with illness.” A notorious jihadist who was one of Osama bin Laden’s earliest and closest allies, Haqqani had long been a recluse, with rumors swirling that he left the land of the living...

1st October 2018 - The Weekly Standard

Badness Personified

Thomas Joscelyn

On September 4, the Taliban announced that Jalaluddin Haqqani had “passed away after a long battle with illness.” A notorious jihadist who was one of Osama bin Laden’s earliest and closest allies, Haqqani had long been a recluse, with rumors swirling that he left the land of the living...

1st October 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German state commissioner against antisemitism wants BDS account closed

Benjamin Weinthal

The newly-appointed commission- er against antisemitism in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg said last week he will contact BW-Bank, which is jointly co-owned by the state and its capital city Stuttgart, to secure the clo- sure of a pro-BDS Palestine Committee account.

1st October 2018 - Quoted by Nancy A Yousef, Gordon Lubold- The Wall Street Journal

On Iran, White House Criticism Grows, but U.S. Military Posture Recedes

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration has been steadily ramping up its rhetoric on the threat posed by Iran this year. But the U.S. military has scaled back its presence in the Persian Gulf region, say officials and military experts, removing ships, planes and missiles that would be needed in a major...

1st October 2018 - The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Enemies

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Al-Ahwaz has claimed credit for the recent terrorist attack at a military parade in Iran’s Khuzestan Province that killed 25 people and wounded 60. It should surprise no one that this occurred in the heavily Arab province.

28th September 2018 - i24

The Rundown

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu analyzes Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's UNGA speech and how it may affect the perception of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

28th September 2018 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD's Benjamin Weinthal appears on The John Batchelor Show to talk about one can do to fight against the BDS movement in Germany.

28th September 2018 - Quoted by Mosaic

Germany’s Hypocritical Commitment to Robust Economic Relations with Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

Immediately after the nuclear deal was concluded in 2015, German companies sprang at the opportunity to trade with the Islamic Republic.

28th September 2018 - Foreign Policy

Trump Needs to Start Worrying About Saudi Arabia’s Reform Efforts

John Hannah

For those of us who have been strong supporters of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s unprecedented reform efforts, the past several months have given cause for concern. There’s been a steady stream of bad news, and good news has grown less frequent.

27th September 2018 - The American Interest

The Dark Side of Malaysia’s Democratic Fairy Tale

Varsha Koduvayur, Mathew Ha

Like Cinderella, the Malaysian opposition has seemingly transformed itself overnight from a downtrodden victim into the belle of the ball. In a stunning upset at the polls in early May, the Alliance of Hope, led by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed, toppled corrupt incumbent Najib...

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