Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Inc

aka FDD   |   Washington, DC   |  www.defenddemocracy.org

Mission

FDD was founded shortly after 9/11 by a group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers to support the defense of democratic societies under assault by terrorism and militant Islamism. Our Leadership Council of Distinguished Advisors includes former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former National Security Advisor Robert "Bud" McFarlane, former Ambassador Max Kampelman, Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey.

Those affiliated with FDD come from many backgrounds and political perspectives, but all believe:
- No one should be denied basic human rights, including minority rights, women's rights, and religious freedom.
- Free and democratic nations have a right to defend themselves and an obligation to defend one another.
- Terrorism, the deliberate use of violence against citizens to achieve political objectives, is always wrong and must never be condoned.

An activist think tank with a solid track record of transforming ideas into actions that get results, FDD uniquely combines policy research, counterterrorism and democracy education, strategic communications, and investigative journalism.
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies focuses its efforts where opinions are formed and, ultimately, where the war of ideas will be won or lost: in the media, on college campuses, in the courthouse, and in the policy community, both at home and abroad.

Ruling year info

2002

Principal Officer

Clifford May

Main address

PO Box 33249

Washington, DC 20033

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EIN

13-4174402

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

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Center for Terrorism Research (CTR)

The Center for Terrorism Research (CTR) comprises
the core of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies’ research and
analysis on terrorist movements and ideologies. It is dedicated to
identifying effective strategies and techniques to combat these
threats. CTR uniquely combines academic and policy research, training
programs, strategic communications, and investigative journalism to
create cutting-edge analysis of what the U.S. military has dubbed the
“long war.” Center director Daveed Gartenstein-Ross leads a group of
experts with a range of knowledge and skills that afford us
unparalleled insights.

CTR research is focused on understanding terrorist ideologies, the
driving forces behind radicalization, the geopolitical circumstances in
which the long war is fought, and terrorists’ evolving strategies.

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Foundation for the Defense of Democracies Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2016
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Board chair

Jack Kemp

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

Paula Dobriansky

Fmr. Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs

Louis Freeh

Fmr. Director of the FBI

Max Kampelman

Fmr. Ambassador

Steve Forbes

Board Member & CEO Forbes Magazine

Newt Gingrich

Fmr. Speaker of the House

Bill Kristol

Bill Kristol Editor Weekly Standard

Joseph Lieberman

U.S. Senate (D-CT)

Robert "Bud" McFarlane

Fmr. National Security Advisor

R. James Woolsey

Fmr. Director of the CIA

Jack Kemp Chair Emeritus

Former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development