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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

Columns by Clifford D. May

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

Israel’s daunting decision illustration by Linas Garsys / The Washington Times

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

Illustration on modern international challenges by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

How the United States and our allies should deal with enemies

David Kilcullen devotes much of his book to exploring how the dragons (Moscow and Beijing) and the snakes (Tehran, Pyongyang and non-state jihadi groups) have learned from each other, and become more dangerous in the process. Published March 10, 2020

Illustration on the persecution of Jimmy Lai by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

U.S. must demand that China release freedom fighter Jimmy Lai

Jimmy Lai was arrested last week. Conviction could mean five years in prison. Or more: "We have every reason to believe that the trial of traitors like Lai has only just begun," threatened an editorial in China's official Xinhua News Agency. Published March 3, 2020