FDD is a non-partisan institution focusing on national security and foreign policy. FDD was founded by a group of former U.S. officials and visionary philanthropists shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001 to help free nations defend themselves.
FDD’s scholars represent a range of perspectives, but all agree:
No one should be denied basic human rights -- including freedom of religion, speech and assembly; no one should be discriminated against on the basis of gender, race, creed or color.
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 should not be condoned.