Analysis & Commentary

19th March 2018 - VOA Persia

VOA Persia

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins VOA to discuss the EU's stance against Iran's ballistic missile program and Tehran's involvement in the Syrian war.

19th March 2018 - The National Interest

Why Investors Should Not Fret about Saudi Arabia’s Approach to Reform

Varsha Koduvayur

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, is on timely visit to foreign capitals—Washington included—this month. The tour comes amidst rising doubts within Washington’s business and policy making circles about the direction of the kingdom’s reform trajectory, fueled by...

18th March 2018 - Quoted by Saudi Gazette

Crown Prince prepares to leave for US

John Hannah

As Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, prepares to embark on a historic visit to the US where he is scheduled to meet President Donald Trump on Tuesday, the US media has been all praise for the reforms taking place in the Kingdom.

18th March 2018 - Quoted by Carlo Munoz - The Washington Times

Pakistan claims rebirth in tribal regions, but U.S. doubts commitment to war on terror

Bill Roggio

These are the supposed hallmarks of Pakistani tribal border regions touted by Islamabad, an image paid for with blood and treasure in a two-year campaign to clear North Waziristan’s provincial capital from groups such as the Pakistani Taliban and notorious Haqqani network.

16th March 2018 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

With Tillerson Out, Qatar and Saudis Left Sweating on Where Pompeo Stands on Gulf Crisis

Jonathan Schanzer

President Donald Trump’s decision to nominate Mike Pompeo as his next secretary of state could lead to a change in the U.S. administration’s approach to the spat between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors, say Mideast experts. What’s unclear is how fundamental that change will be.

16th March 2018 - Quoted by Dwayne Harmon - The Newburgh Gazette

State Department looks past Tillerson to get ready for Pompeo

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Pompeo is perceived as a North Korea hawk, but he and Trump are, according to the president, "on the same wavelength".

16th March 2018 - Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Europe running out of time to save the Iran deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

European allies negotiating with the United States on how to fix the Iran nuclear deal are running out of time to convince President Trump to remain in the agreement, according to U.S. officials and administration allies.

16th March 2018 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer joins the John Batchelor show to discuss Hamas rule in the Gaza strip and humanitarian relief in Gaza.

16th March 2018 - Tablet Magazine

In the Aftermath of an Assassination Attempt Against the Palestinian PM, Conspiracy Theories Abound

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah emerged visibly shaken but unscathed after an assassination attempt on Tuesday in the Gaza Strip. The soft-spoken former academic arrived in Gaza to open a sewage plant and attend some political meeting. He had barely crossed into Northern...

16th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Crown Prince Must Improve Saudi Human Rights Record to be a True Reformer

Varsha Koduvayur

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman will visit the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Trump. The prince has won praise from Western leaders for bold reform initiatives, including the expansion of women’s rights – especially the right to drive – as well as calls for...

16th March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US military helicopter crash in western Iraq kills all aboard

Bill Roggio

The helicopter that crashed is used to conduct search and rescue as well as Air Force special operations missions.

16th March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Iraq’s 2018 Budget Deadlock Deepens Tensions Ahead of Elections

Romany Shaker

On March 3, the Iraqi Parliament adopted a budget of about 104 trillion Iraqi dinars ($88 billion) for 2018, the first since the country declared “full victory” over the Islamic State. However, both Kurdish and pro-Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) Shiite factions have sharply criticized...

15th March 2018 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Tillerson firing complicates calculus surrounding Trump-Kim summit, experts say

Behnam Ben Taleblu

One week after President Donald Trump accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivered by South Korean envoys—and two days after Trump fired his secretary of state—North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho landed in Sweden Thursday for talks with officials...

15th March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Exclusive: PayPal Shuts Third BDS French Account in 2018

Benjamin Weinthal

PayPal has closed the account of French BDS organization Collectif 69 Palestine, the third boycott-Israel account the US online payment service has terminated in France since late January.

15th March 2018 - CBN News

CBN News

Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan Erdemir joins CBN to discuss Turkey's plans to partner with surround Muslim nations for a joint military operation against Israel.

15th March 2018 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Trump Admin Defends Bid to Give Terror-Tied Qatar $200M in Military Tech

Jonathan Schanzer

Trump administration officials are defending new plans to provide Qatar with nearly $200 million in advanced military equipment amid efforts by Congress to investigate the country's ties to terror groups and backing for a recent stealth spy operation on American citizens, U.S. officials told...

15th March 2018 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran nuclear deal may be the first casualty of Tillerson’s ouster

Mark Dubowitz

The nomination of Mike Pompeo to be the next secretary of state signals President Trump’s determination to quit the landmark Iran nuclear deal, which could cause it to unravel, according to national security and arms-control experts.

15th March 2018 - Foreign Policy

Saudi Arabia Can Win Islam’s War of Ideas

John Hannah

When U.S. President Donald Trump welcomes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the White House later this month, there will be no shortage of urgent issues to discuss — from the crown prince’s ambitious modernization agenda to joint efforts against Iranian aggression. But near the...

15th March 2018 - Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

With ‘new mandate,’ emboldened Putin to expand Russia’s adventurism abroad

Boris Zilberman

There’s little suspense about Sunday’s Russian presidential election, but a lot of questions — and concerns — over what Vladimir Putin might do next with another six-year term in his pocket and a string of unresolved confrontations with the West.

15th March 2018 - Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Fixing the Nuclear Deal with Iran Could Help U.S. in North Korea Talks

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

If President Donald Trump follows through on his intent to either fix the weaknesses in the nuclear deal or withdraw from the accord, it would mean that “Mr. Trump will be better positioned to make it clear to Pyongyang that he means business,” two sanctions experts wrote in an op-ed...


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