Clifford D. May is the President of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism created immediately following the 9/11 attacks on the United States. Cliff May has had a long and distinguished career in international relations, journalism, communications and politics. A veteran news reporter, foreign correspondent and editor (at The New York Times and other publications), Cliff May has covered stories in more than two dozen countries, including Iran, Pakistan, Sudan, Ethiopia, China, Uzbekistan, Northern Ireland and Russia.
Cliff May is a frequent guest on national and international television and radio news programs, providing analysis and participating in debates on national security issues. May is a regular contributor for National Review Online, The American Spectator and other publications. In 2006 Cliff May was appointed to a Military and Security Working Group of the United States Institute of Peace, an independent nonpartisan national institution established and funded by Congress.
From 1997 to 2001, he served as the Director of Communications for the Republican National Committee. In that role, he was the Republican Party's staff spokesman, and appeared frequently on national television and radio programs. In addition, he managed all RNC communications activities, including long-range strategic planning; press, radio and television services; online services; TV and radio coaching; speech writing; advertising and marketing. He also served as the Editor of the official Republican magazine, Rising Tide.
After leaving the RNC, Cliff May was named Senior Managing Director in the Washington, D.C. office of Weber Shandwick, a firm specializing in public affairs advocacy, public relations and media relations. Prior to coming to the RNC, Cliff May was the Associate Editor of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver, Colorado. While in Colorado, Mr. May hosted a talk radio program on the dominant station in the region, and produced and moderated an interview program on KRMA-TV (a PBS station). In addition, Cliff May served as host/moderator for the weekly, nationally distributed TCI cable television series, Race for the Presidency, which featured “resident analysts” Dick Lamm, Gary Hart and Don Hodel.
Before moving to Colorado, Cliff May spent nearly a decade with The New York Times as a reporter in both New York and Washington, an editor of The New York Times Sunday Magazine and a foreign correspondent. He established the Times' West Africa bureau and, as Bureau Chief, covered more than a score of African nations. Earlier in his career, Cliff May was the Roving Foreign Correspondent for Hearst newspapers, reporting from a variety of global hotspots. During that same period, Mr. May provided special coverage for CBS Radio News and Bill Moyers' Journal on PBS. Prior to that, Mr. May was Senior Editor of Geo Magazine, and an Associate Editor for international news at Newsweek. Cliff May holds masters degrees from both Columbia University's School of Public and International Affairs and its School of Journalism. Cliff May earned his BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, N.Y. In addition, he holds a certificate in Russian language and literature from the University of Leningrad.
After a long week of slitting throats, smashing antiquities and raping infidel slave girls, how do the Islamic States barbarians unwind? Some, apparently, discuss the finer points of history.
Did it escape your attention that last month was the 70th birthday of the United Nations? Did you miss the opportunity to celebrate by following Elyx on an exciting 70-day (virtual) trip around the world to shine light on the UNs work?
A few years ago, Daniel Birnbaum, an Israeli businessman, had an odd idea: I decided I wanted to employ Palestinians.
Over the years, Israelis have had to defend themselves from foreign armies, suicide bombers and missiles. Over recent weeks, theyve been confronting a new threat: young Palestinians wielding butcher knives.
We will manage the wave of change in the Middle East. Just as we have an ideal in our minds about Turkey, we have an ideal of a new Middle East.
When heads of state gather, as they did for the United Nations General Assembly last week, you have a choice: Tune out or prepare to be bathed in blather, boilerplate and blatant lies. That said, the remarks of Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner deserve at least a few minutes of our undivided attention.
Not long after the implosion of the Soviet Union, I attended a conference in Moscow. The topic: how Russia would evolve in the post-communist era about to begin.
A few points Ann Coulter might want to consider.
Hundreds of thousands of migrants are leaving the Middle East, heading to what they see as the promised lands of Europe and, if possible, America. Notice where they are not going.
The debate over the deal President Obama has cut with Irans rulers is supposed to end this week. The New York Times, the AP and others in the media are reporting that the White House has achieved a victory. On what basis?
Appeasement gets a bad rap but, strictly speaking, the word implies nothing more than an attempt to make peace. If aggrieved adversaries can be pacified by reasonable concessions, whats wrong with that?
Initially, I thought the news was beyond parody. The Associated Press last week ran a story headlined: U.N. to let Iran inspect nuke work site.
Heres a question I might suggest be asked of our presidential hopefuls: In a time of war, would unilateral disarmament be a good idea?
Or may I call you Chuck? About 30 years ago when I first met you, you were an informal kind of guy. You had recently been elected to the House from a district in Brooklyn and Queens. I was a New York Times reporter. I remember you were sharing a rowhouse with two other House members Leon Panetta was one and I wrote a story about that. I always thought it could be the premise for a situation comedy. (Friends with Entitlements? Just kidding).
The enemy has to be defeated, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter last week told American forces stationed in the Middle East. That is a simple truth, one that, regrettably, is not heard often from officials in the current administration. Mr. Carter then added: It will be, because the barbarians are always defeated by civilization. That is a comforting sentiment one that, regrettably, is not supported by historical evidence.
The future of U.S. sovereignty rests with Congress now.
Irans rulers have won a significant nuclear battle.
Hard as they try, U.S. negotiators cant seem to appease Irans rulers.
The peace process between Israelis and Palestinians has ground to a halt. What should American and European leaders do? Try not to make the situation worse.
Lt. Gen Michael T. Flynn (ret.) served 33 years in the U.S. Army. Being named President Obamas director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012 was the culmination of his career.