Have you ever owned a thriving business and then something suddenly came by and brought it all to the ground, leaving you with nothing? We will take a chocolate factory, for example. You probably saved up for years to open up the chocolate factory because you both wanted to make a profit while at the same time seeing other people enjoying your chocolate products. You probably look forward to seeing all the love being expressed through chocolates and roses. One day you’re at work in your office smiling at the trend that the sales is taking when you hear a loud bang coming from the main plant. When you dash there, you find all of your equipment on fire, some of your staff injured and others on the verge of death, and everything that you’ve worked for a lifetime gone.

Those are the sorts of things that terrorism can bring into the lives of people. You once had the sweet tooth for the chocolates, but now you’re filled with hate for all those around you because someone with a demented mind decided to become a suicide bomber in your chocolate factory. That is the reason that the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies was founded, to foresee such disasters before they occur and wither negotiate or find solutions. Thanks to it, you can continue distributing those chocolates to you customers as you expand your brand.

The Burning Chocolate Factory

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) was founded shortly after the 9/11 bombing, and it is a non-profit, non-partisan policy foundation whose aim is to defend free nations against their enemies. The group of visionary philanthropists and policymakers who founded the foundation understood the threat facing America, Israel and the West. Jack Kemp was the Chairman at the time that it was founded, and Ambassador Jeane Kirkpatrick was among the founding board members.

Some of the people that advise FDD include Sen. Joe Lieberman, former National Security Advisor Robert “Bud” McFarlane, former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, former State Department Under Secretary Paula Dobriansky, Gen. P.X. Kelley (ret.), Francis “Bing” West, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer, Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol, former CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Richard W. Carlson, and Forbes CEO Steve Forbes.

Those affiliated with FDD come from different backgrounds and have different political perspectives, but there are some things that are common amongst them:

  • 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 civilians to achieve political objectives, is always wrong and must never be condoned.

Bringing together policy research, counterterrorism and democracy education, strategic communications, and investigative journalism, FDD transforms research into ideas, and ideas into actions to bring about great results.

FDD works in the policy community, in the media, in the corridors of political power in Washington and other world capitals, and in courtrooms and classrooms.

Although FDD does not engage in political campaign activity of any type or to any extent whatsoever, its experts are available for nonpartisan academic presentations to all candidates for public office and their representatives.

Clifford D. May is the President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a policy institute focusing on terrorism created immediately following the 9/11 attacks on the United States. He also happens to be the Chairman of the Policy Committee of the Committee on the Present Danger (CPD), an international, non-partisan organization based in Washington D.C. comprised of leading members of the national security community. Jack Kemp is the Board Chair. Kindly check out the executive leadership listed below:

Clifford D. May

Founder and President

Iran, Iraq, Islamism

Bill McCarthy

Chief Operating Officer

Mark Dubowitz


Iran – Sanctions, Iran – Human Rights, Syria

Toby Dershowitz

Senior Vice President

Lawrence Muscant

Vice President

Dr. Jonathan Schanzer

Senior Vice President

Israel, Arab Spring, Palestinian Politics

John Hannah

Senior Counselor

Iraq, Iran, Lebanon

All in all, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies was made with the common good of getting rid of threats before they are done, and so far, it has done quite a good job. We can live in peace knowing that Mark Dubowitz and his team are always on the lookout for any national and international threats.