Foreign Podicy

Foreign Podicy is a podcast project of FDD, focusing on the consequential foreign policy and national security issues facing the US and its allies. Each episode features discussions with policy and subject matter experts from both inside FDD and beyond. Foreign Podicy is hosted by FDD’s Founder and President Cliff May, and looks to publish at least two shows per month for listeners. See the full list of past shows below:




Episode 10 – “The Future of the Iran Deal”

Host Cliff May is joined by FDD Chief Executive Mark Dubowitz, an expert on Iran, sanctions, and the exact details of the 159-page JCPOA, to unravel what the future and fate of the Iran nuclear deal could be.




Episode 9 – “Africa’s Jihadist Frontiers”

Foreign Podicy host, Cliff May, is joined by FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross to discuss the evolving threats posed by Jihadists in Africa and what can be done now to stop – or at least slow – them.




Episode 8 – “UNRWA’s Palestinian Refugees”

Foreign Podicy host, Cliff May, is joined by FDD’s Jonathan Schanzer and Richard Goldberg to discuss their research on the UN agency, and their recommendations for reforms that could be beneficial to Israelis, Palestinians and American taxpayers.



Episode 7 – “Russia’s Disinformation Offensive”

Foreign Podicy host, Cliff May, is joined by Jamie Fly and Laura Rosenberger of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., to discuss their research on Russia’s campaign to strategically deceive public opinion, and their urgent recommendation that a bipartisan effort be mounted to combat Putin’s disinformation offensive.



Episode 6 – “A bombing, a cover-up, and a murder: Lessons from Alberto Nisman’s work to bring Iranian officials to justice for the AMIA terrorist attack in Argentina”

Foreign Podicy host Cliff May is joined by FDD’s Toby Dershowitz, who knew Nisman well and has followed this case for years, to discuss his life, legacy, and lessons.




Episode 5 – “Busted! Iran, Turkey and the Largest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Modern History”

Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab and banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla facilitated an illicit oil-for-gold scheme that enriched Iran to the tune of over $100 billion. Foreign Podicy host Cliff May is joined by Jonathan Schanzer, Aykan Erdemir and Merve Tahiroglu, who were involved in FDD’s extensive role in the case, to unravel the story and discuss its many implications.



Episode 4 – “Upheaval in Iran: Causes and Consequences”

Foreign Podicy host Cliff May is joined by FDD senior fellow, Reuel Marc Gerecht, and FDD senior Iran analyst, Behnam Ben Taleblu, to discuss the Iran protests, where they could lead, and how the U.S. and its Western counterparts should respond.




Episode 3 – “The Latin American Narco-Terrorism Nexus”

Iranian-backed Hezbollah has made common cause with Latin America’s drug cartels. Foreign Podicy host Cliff May is joined by FDD’s Latin America expert, Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi to discuss this malevolent alliance and what needs to be done about it.




Episode 2 – “Countering Kim’s Nuclear North Korea”

Cliff May is joined by FDD’s North Korea expert, Anthony Ruggiero, to discuss whether North Korea’s most recent missile test is a game-changer, whether a nuclear North Korea is a foregone conclusion, and how the U.S. can leverage economic warfare to counter the Kim regime’s illicit activities.



Episode 1 – “Osama bin Laden’s Terrorist Treasure Trove”

Cliff May is joined by Bill Roggio and Thomas Joscelyn of FDD’s Long War Journal to discuss their exclusive look into the Osama bin Laden documents, and how their findings could impact the future of counterterrorism strategy and policy