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.
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.
You probably didnt know it but Osama bin Laden was a poet. In fact, according to Yales Robyn Creswell and Princetons Bernard Haykel, of all jihadi poets, bin Laden was the most celebrated, and he prided himself on his knowledge of the art.
Creating facts on the ground means changing reality through actions rather than diplomacy. - See more at: http://www.defenddemocracy.org/media-hit/may-clifford-d-asias-troubled-waters/#sthash.eLp3iUwO.dpuf
A few statesmen are fighting the latest trend in anti-Semitism
Gulf State rulers didnt attend because theyre not buying what President Obama is selling.
Tehrans largest cemetery, Behesht-e Zahra, contains the graves of thousands of Iranians killed in battle.
Members of Congress are facing the test of their political lives. Americas national security is about to be imperiled. American sovereignty is about to be surrendered. The U.S. Constitution is about to be compromised.
By now, you should be familiar with the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali. You should know at least this much about her: She is brilliant, beautiful, black and she has been banned near Boston.
The West Capitulates. That was the headline on an article by Ibrahim al-Amin, editor of the Lebanese daily al-Akbar. He elaborated: Victors and vanquished. This is the truth of conflicts in the world since ancient times. Only those who live with their eyes closed believe conflicts end with compromises.
Three years ago, film-goers were treated to Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, which critic Kenneth Turan called a pleasant fantasy about the Middle East. Today, of course, Yemen is the hub of a bloody conflict, one which President Obama persists in viewing with equal unreality.
What is it about Israel in general and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular that leads to so much careless reporting and tendentious commentary?
The philosopher Lily Tomlin used to say: No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up. Has that ever been truer than it is in Washington right now?