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Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May

Clifford D. May is president of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a columnist for The Washington Times. He can be reached at

Articles by Clifford D. May

Putin's agents and cronies run amok in Britain

"The dissolution of the USSR was a time of hope in the West. Western thinking was, if not to integrate Russia fully, at least to ensure that it became a partner. By the mid-2000s, it was clear that this had not been successful." Published July 28, 2020

Illustration on the founding principles, Constitution and ideals of America by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Mike Pompeo's fight for unalienable rights

Mr. Pompeo's naming of a bipartisan Commission on Unalienable Rights, chaired by Harvard legal scholar Mary Ann Glendon, author of a book about Eleanor Roosevelt, provoked outrage, anger and intolerance. Published July 21, 2020

Illustration on lessons from WWII and the Cold War by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Learning lessons from World War II and the Cold War

What we should be debating now is not whether to continue defending America, but how best to sustain the mission, learning lessons from the wars America has successfully fought in the past. Published July 7, 2020

Illustration on Iranian aims for nuclear armament by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Iran's rulers (still) seek nuclear weapons

We now have overwhelming evidence that the nuclear weapons development program whose existence Iran's rulers have consistently denied continues to progress. Published June 23, 2020

Communist China's imperialist dreams of dividing the world

A century ago, Vladimir Lenin wrote a book titled "Imperialism, the Highest Stage of Capitalism." I doubt it occurred to him that imperialism might one day become the highest stage of communism. Yet that day is here. Published May 26, 2020

Israel's daunting decision on drawing permanent borders

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his new coalition government now face a daunting decision. The Trump administration has indicated that it would not object if Israelis were to extend sovereignty to parts of the West Bank. Published May 19, 2020