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14th May 2018 – Fortune Magazine

Iran Could Benefit From the Brewing U.S.-Europe Nuclear Deal Dispute

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran Could Benefit From the Brewing U.S.-Europe Nuclear Deal Dispute

The EU believes the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal is worth preserving. It is no surprise, then, that President Trump’s decision to restore nuclear sanctions and terminate America’s adherence to the JCPOA risks putting Washington on a collision course with Europe. With sanctions kicking-in between the next 90 to 180 days, all attention will be on the efficacy of American tools of financial pressure. more...

11th May 2018 – Foreign Policy

Will the End of the Iran Deal Mark the Beginning of an Iran Strategy?

John Hannah

Will the End of the Iran Deal Mark the Beginning of an Iran Strategy?

The deed is done. U.S. President Donald Trump has kicked the Iran nuclear deal to the curb — just as he promised that he would, repeatedly, over the past two and a half years. Say what you will about the president, but he’s been true to his word. Campaign promises made; campaign promises kept. Trump’s critics may scoff derisively at the notion in light of the geopolitical stakes at play, but they’d be wrong to dismiss its deep resonance with the tens of millions of Americans who put Trump in the White House. A politician who actually does what he says he’s going to do. Go figure. more...

12th May 2018 – Fox News

U.S. wants Germany to halt trade with Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

U.S. wants Germany to halt trade with Iran

Richard Grenell, the new U.S. ambassador to Berlin, came out swinging this week by reiterating the Trump administration’s position that European companies should stop working with the Islamic Republic of Iran. more...

14th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Ripples in the Gulf: GCC States’ Reaction to Withdrawal from Iran Deal Reflects Disunity

Varsha Koduvayur

Ripples in the Gulf: GCC States’ Reaction to Withdrawal from Iran Deal Reflects Disunity

President Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal prompted reactions from the Gulf States ranging from enthusiasm to regret. The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members’ divergent responses reflect the GCC’s disunity on Iran, highlighting challenges Washington may face in its quest to re-isolate the Islamic Republic. more...

16th May 2018 – Fifth Domain

The US must secure its supply chain in the face of anti-satellite weapons

Trevor Logan

The US must secure its supply chain in the face of anti-satellite weapons

At the 34th National Space Symposium in April, U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced that the service is taking steps to secure its satellite networks by working with allied forces, commercial satellite owners and international organizations to share satellites currently in orbit. more...

14th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah and its Allies Win more than Half the Seats in Lebanon’s Parliament

Romany Shaker

Hezbollah and its Allies Win more than Half the Seats in Lebanon’s Parliament

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah declared a “great political and moral victory for the resistance” after his party and its allies secured their first-ever majority in Lebanon’s May 6 parliamentary election, the first in nine years. Hezbollah’s success at the polls helps to cement its dominant position in Lebanese politics while consolidating Iran’s influence over the state’s affairs. more...

8th May 2018 – New York Post

Trump now needs to bring Iran’s economy to its knees

Richard Goldberg

Trump now needs to bring Iran’s economy to its knees

President Trump’s declaration Tuesday that he would exit the 2015 Iran nuclear deal was more than just a fulfillment of a campaign promise; it was a much-needed shift in US foreign policy. The message to the world: The era of appeasement is over. more...

8th May 2018 – New York Daily News

Why Trump pulled out of the Iran deal, and what could happen next

Jonathan Schanzer

Why Trump pulled out of the Iran deal, and what could happen next

President Trump has killed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. more...

5th May 2018 – The Hill

Deal or no deal, Trump should punish Iran’s aviation sector

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Deal or no deal, Trump should punish Iran’s aviation sector

The decision on whether or not Boeing should sell passenger aircraft to Iran should not be made by Boeing, but by President Trump, says FDD’s Emanuele Ottolenghi in his latest piece for The Hill. He also argues why targeting Iran’s aviation sector should be a priority of President Trump’s – independent of the nuclear deal. more...

8th May 2018 – The Washington Times

Where Iran’s terrorist representative is the big winner

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

Where Iran’s terrorist representative is the big winner

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran’s local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group’s dangerous domestic and regional agendas. more...