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18th September 2017 – FDD Research

Certifying Iran’s Compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Tzvi Kahn

Certifying Iran’s Compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

On August 31, major Western media outlets reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had once again certified Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. is assertion, which purported to reflect the IAEA’s seventh and latest post-implementation report on Tehran’s nuclear activities, mirrors statements by the Iranian government and key world leaders in response to the agency’s previous reports. more...

15th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Officials Charged in Iran Sanctions-Busting Case

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish Officials Charged in Iran Sanctions-Busting Case

U.S. authorities last week charged Turkey’s former economy minister with conspiring to evade sanctions against Iran. The fourth superseding indictment in a case that initially involved Iranian-Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab and two Iranian accomplices has brought the total number of defendants to nine. more...

14th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

IAEA Inspections in Iran under the JCPOA

Olli Heinonen

IAEA Inspections in Iran under the JCPOA

The IAEA remains an important organization dedicated to preventing nuclear proliferation. Leveraging its inspectorate’s unique authority to access people, places, and facilities will be indispensable to the full and meaningful implementation of the JCPOA. more...

13th September 2017 – The Washington Times

Fixing the United Nations

Clifford D. May

Fixing the United Nations

The United Nations was created in the wake of World War II by the major Allied nations that had prevailed — at an enormous cost in blood and treasure — over the Axis powers. Its founders proclaimed ambitious goals: to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war,” “reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights” and “promote social progress.” That the U.N. hasn’t come close to succeeding should, by now, be obvious. more...

11th September 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

How Do Palestinians Define ‘Terrorism’?

There is one step Mr. Abbas could take to demonstrate that he is taking Congress seriously: He could issue a definition of terrorism to his own people. Remarkably, the Palestinian Authority’s “Basic Law” does not mention terrorism. The State Department says that although the PA has criminalized acts of terror, it lacks legislation “specifically tailored to counterterrorism.” more...

9th September 2017 – Fortune

Terrorists Are Using Drones Now. And That’s Not the Worst of It.

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Terrorists Are Using Drones Now. And That’s Not the Worst of It.

Sixteen years after the 9/11 attacks and the onset of the “war on terror,” the jihadist movement has grown stronger in almost every measurable way. more...

8th September 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Perfect Partners

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Perfect Partners

Moscow and Tehran intend to have their own way in the Middle East. more...

8th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

The Assad Regime’s Chemical Weapons Problem

David Adesnik

The Assad Regime’s Chemical Weapons Problem

Israeli warplanes struck a suspected chemical weapons facility yesterday morning in northwest Syria. Local observers said the airstrikes also targeted an adjacent military site where Iranian and Hezbollah personnel had previously been spotted. more...

5th September 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Pyongyang’s Playbook

Anthony Ruggiero

Pyongyang’s Playbook

The crisis between the United States and North Korea shows no signs of abating. Indeed, Pyongyang escalated its provocations last week, firing a missile over Japan on August 29. Critics of the president cite his brash approach to Pyongyang as a factor behind North Korea’s belligerency. Some also link Trump’s tough talk about the Iran nuclear deal. Why, they ask, would North Korea want to cooperate with a White House that insists on revisiting a nuclear deal the United States struck with Iran just two years ago? more...

3rd September 2017 – The National Interest

It’s Time to Get Tough on China and Russia about North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

It’s Time to Get Tough on China and Russia about North Korea

North Korea conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test Sunday morning, with officials claiming that it was a hydrogen bomb designed to fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). The test followed pictures released by Pyongyang earlier Saturday showing North Korean leader Kim Jong-un inspecting a thermonuclear device. more...