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It Is Time to Counter China’s Data Strategy (Georgianna Shea, Trevor Logan, Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) closed public feedback last month on a draft regulation to secure and manage data according to its importance to national security. While ostensibly a technical measure to enhance privacy protections, the regulation is part of China’s strategy to strengthen its power in cyberspace through large-scale data collection. FDD | It Is […]

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What a New Report Tells Us About Al-Qaeda and ISIS (Thomas Joscelyn, Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

In December, the State Department released its annual Country Reports on Terrorism. Even though it wasn’t published until the end of 2021, the report covers only the previous calendar year. Therefore, some of the material is clearly dated, including a passage touting the supposedly “aggressive action” taken by Afghan security forces against “terrorist elements” throughout 2020. […]

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Iran’s Mohsen Rezaee Should Face Justice (Emanuele Ottolenghi, Toby Dershowitz, Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

On January 8, a Dassault Falcon 900EX executive jet (tail number EP-IGC) owned by the Iranian government took off from Tehran, heading west. Aboard the plane was an Iranian delegation traveling to Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, where the local dictator, Daniel Ortega, was to be inaugurated to his fourth term as president two days later. FDD […]

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Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker: January (David Adesnik, Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

Welcome back to the Biden Administration Foreign Policy Tracker. Once a month, we ask FDD’s experts and scholars to assess the administration’s foreign policy. They provide trendlines of very positive, positive, neutral, negative, or very negative for the areas they watch. Shortly after taking office, President Joe Biden set a “goal of building a stable and predictable […]

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If Biden Won’t Stand Up to Iran, Congress Should Stand Up to Biden (Gabriel Noronha, Andrea Stricker, Matthew Zweig, Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

The Biden administration’s Iran policy is collapsing, and it is well past time for Congress to intervene using a key tool it crafted in 2015: the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act (INARA). Soon after President Biden took office, the United States and five other world powers—the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, and China—engaged Iran in six rounds […]

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What To Expect When You’re Expecting A National Defense Strategy (Thomas Spoehr, Bradley Bowman, Bryan Clark, Mackenzie Eaglen, Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

In July, Rear Adm. Mike Studeman, director of intelligence for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, warned that “it’s only a matter of time” until China resorts to military force and suggested that U.S. forces are not ready for that “very bad day.” Meanwhile, Russia continues to maneuver its forces aggressively on NATO’s eastern flank, Iran inches toward a nuclear weapons capability, […]

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Xi Takes a Page From Mao’s Red Playbook (Craig Singleton, Foundation for Defense of Democracies)

In the 1985 blockbuster Back to the Future, California teen Marty McFly journeyed back in time to save his present. The film’s universal themes are known around the world, and Chinese leader Xi Jinping appears to have internalized them as he approaches the most fraught moment of his political career. What Xi lacks in a time-traveling DeLorean, however, […]