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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

Illustration on the UN and COVID by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

Despots dominate the WHO and the UNHRC

I understand why Joe Biden wants to rejoin the World Health Organization and the United Nations Human Rights Council. The new president is a multilateralist. Published February 16, 2021

Hezbollah harm and murder illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

Who killed Lokman Slim?

"Killing for them is a habit," Rasha al-Ameer told reporters last week. Published February 9, 2021

Illustration on coming bad times by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Is America prepared for a catastrophic cyberattack?

Attacks intended to shut down financial systems, electricity, water supplies, transportation, communications -- perhaps even the entire U.S. economy could happen. What's the plan? Published January 26, 2021

Illustration on China's influence on Europe by Linas Garsys\The Washington Times

Europe capitulates to China’s rulers

The challenges facing what we used to call, with pride and confidence, the Free World are daunting. Illiberal authoritarians of various stripes are increasingly assertive and audacious. Published January 5, 2021

Illustration on American cyber-security by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Will Biden learn from Trump and keep making America secure again

"Build Back Better" was Joe Biden's campaign slogan. How different is that, really, from "Make America Great Again"? Both BBB and MAGA suggest the need for restoration, for reversing deterioration and decline, for fixing what's broken. Published December 22, 2020

Illustration on Cold War II by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The Cold War with China has begun

China has been waging a Cold War against America for years. The current administration has recognized that reality. Published December 1, 2020

Illustration on Islamist terror in France by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

The death threat to free speech in France

How consequential will it be if the French acquiesce, agreeing to carve out an exception to free speech in deference to Islamists? Very. Published November 10, 2020