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.
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?
The Lord works in mysterious ways. That sentence does not appear in the Koran. Nor, actually, is it found in the Bible. But in recent days it has probably occurred to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Irans Supreme Leader.
Remember when President Obamas spokesmen said that striking a bad deal with Iran would be worse than striking no deal at all, and that a good deal means Iran dismantles its nuclear weapons programs?
Last week, two Russian long-range bombers skirted the southwest coast of England. British Typhoon warplanes scrambled from their base to escort the bombers away. Prime Minister David Cameron accused Moscow of trying to make some sort a point.
Is there a Bush/Obama approach to talking about what drives and justifies terrorism? Michael Gerson says there is. I think hes right. He argues that this approach is preferable to other options. I think hes wrong.
Obama's 'secret strategy' accommodates the leading sponsor of terrorism.
Actually, there are a few who richly deserve criticism.
A country where terrorists and gangsters get away with murder
Experienced negotiators know this: The side most willing to walk away from the table generally wins. The side that seems desperate for a deal loses. Yet President Obama is telling the entire world that he needs an agreement with Irans rulers more than they need an agreement with him.
A quarter-century of Western fecklessness led from the former to the latter.
The French emperors war against an Islamic empire is instructive.
We also need coercive interrogations short of torture
Turkey should have been part of the solution. Instead its become part of the problem. The problem, of course, is the spread of jihadism throughout the Middle East, North Africa and beyond.
Israel's enemies are as barbaric as any in the Middle East.
Negotiations with Iran are set to conclude on Nov. 24th. What are the odds they will end with Irans rulers agreeing to verifiably dismantle their illicit nuclear weapons program? Id wager 100 to one against that outcome but I doubt Id find a bookie willing to take my bet.
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