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FDD’s “Critical Issues” series is aimed at providing key background and analysis on policy matters that will be of concern to the 112th Congress and to others in the policy arena.  The series supports more thorough in-person presentations available by FDD scholars. National security topics are organized by expert in the menu below.  Consistent with our organization’s values and commitments, FDD believes these issues transcend partisanship and require those working in and with government to work across the political aisle when crafting meaningful policy and legislation.  Kindly email congress@defenddemocracy.org to set up a meeting or briefing with any of these experts. We hope the material is helpful to you and welcome further exploration of these issues together.

FDD Experts

Tony Badran: Research Fellow, FDD

  • Lebanon: The Hariri Tribunal and Prospects for Internal Conflict
  • Lebanon: Internal Politics, Hezbollah, Role of Iran & Syria
  • Syria: The Politics of the Assad Regime
  • Syria and Iran: State Sponsors of Terror
  • Syria and Weapons Proliferation

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky: Leadership Council, FDD; Senior International Affairs and Trade Advisor, Baker Hostetler; Senior Fellow, Harvard University's JFK Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Ambassador Dobriansky served as Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs

  • East Asia Security Issues
  • Freedom Promotion: Democracy, Human Rights & Religious Freedom
  • Iran and Human Rights Violations: What the U.S. Can Do
  • Europe: NATO & U.S. Interests, European Policy Priorities, and Missile Defense
  • U.S. Foreign Policy Issues

Mark Dubowitz: Executive Director, FDD

  • Iran Sanctions and U.S. Legislation
  • Iran and Human Rights Violations: What the U.S. Can Do
  • Iran’s China Connection: Challenges for Sanctions
  • Iran’s Energy Sector

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross: Senior Fellow, FDD

  • Homegrown Terror: Present and Future
  • Shabaab: From Foreign Fighters to Local Violence
  • Al-Qaeda's Financial Strategy
  • Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, and the Chain of Terror Finance

Reuel Marc Gerecht: Senior Fellow, FDD

  • Islamism and Militant Islam: Understanding the Challenge to America
  • Intelligence reform
  • Iran’s Green Movement: Challenges and Opportunities
  • Iraq: Politics, Security & Radicalism
  • Pakistan: Politics and Posturing After Bin Laden

John Hannah: Senior Counselor, FDD, Former National Security Advisor to Vice President Richard B. Cheney, Former Senior Advisor to Secretary of State Warren Christopher

  • U.S. National Security and Defense
  • U.S. Strategy and Security Issues in the Middle East
  • Iraq: Politics, Security & Radicalism
  • Lebanon: Internal Politics, Hezbollah, Role of Iran & Syria
  • Syria: the Assad Regime, U.S. Policy Options, and Syrian Support for Terrorism
  • Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Century of Strife

Thomas Joscelyn: Senior Fellow and Executive Director, Center for Law and Counterterrorism; Senior Editor, Long War Journal, FDD

  • The Muslim Brotherhood: Understanding its Roots and Revival
  • Al-Qaeda and Iran: Bedfellows in Terror
  • Guantanamo Bay Recidivism and the Global War on Terror
  • Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC): A Network of Terror
  • Yemen: The Next al-Qaeda Safe Haven?

Orde Kittrie: Senior Fellow, FDD

  • Iran’s Nuclear Program
  • Nonproliferation/Arms Control
  • Nuclear Terrorism
  • Counterterrorism and International Law
  • Middle East Peace Process and International Law

Michael Ledeen: Freedom Scholar, FDD

  • Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC): A Network of Terror
  • Iran’s Green Movement: Challenges and Opportunities

Cliff May: President, FDD

  • The War on Terror: Ten Years After 9/11
  • U.S. Foreign Policy Issues

Emanuele Ottolenghi: Senior Fellow, FDD

  • Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC): A Network of Terror

David B. Rivkin, Jr.: Senior Fellow, Co-Chair, Center for Law and Counterterrorism, FDD

  • U.S. National Security and Defense
  • Nonproliferation/Arms Control
  • Russia: Foreign Policy, Radical Islam, and Domestic Priorities
  • Europe: NATO & U.S. Interests, European Policy Priorities, and Missile Defense

Bill Roggio: Senior Fellow and Editor, The Long War Journal, FDD

  • The Drone Campaign in Afghanistan and Pakistan
  • Iraq: Politics, Security & Radicalism
  • The War on Terror: Ten Years After 9/11
  • The Taliban: An Evolving Enemy

Jonathan Schanzer: Vice President of Research, FDD; Mr. Schanzer served as a counterterrorism analyst for the Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of the Treasury.

  • Terrorism Finance: Trends and Challenges
  • Hamas vs. Fatah: The Palestinian Civil War
  • Palestinian Unilateral Declaration of Statehood: Drama at the U.N.
  • Saudi Arabia, Wahhabism, and the Chain of Terror Finance.

David Weinberg: Senior Fellow, FDD; Mr. Weinberg served as Democratic Professional Staff Member at the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, advised the chairman on Middle Eastern politics and U.S. policy toward the region.

  • Saudia Arabia and Gulf affairs: energy security, counterterrorism, alliance transparency and human rights.

Benjamin Weinthal: Berlin-based Research Fellow, FDD

  • Iran’s Financial Network in Europe