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25th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Unanswered Questions Surrounding Tehran-Pyongyang Cooperation

Ali Alfoneh

Unanswered Questions Surrounding Tehran-Pyongyang Cooperation

With the deadline for nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group drawing near, unanswered questions about the nature of the relationship between Tehran and Pyongyang are taking on new significance. more...

25th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Shipping Weapons Across Middle East

Oren Adaki

Iran Shipping Weapons Across Middle East

Reports surfaced last Friday about the arrival of an Iranian ship at the Houthi-controlled al-Saleef port in Hodeidah in northwestern Yemen, unloading more than 180 tons of weapons and equipment. more...

21st March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Splits in Two

Grant Rumley

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Splits in Two

Jordan’s seven-decade-old Muslim Brotherhood wing disbanded this week, leaving behind a smaller, state-sanctioned movement that defines itself as strictly Jordanian and downplays links to Brotherhood branches across the Middle East. more...

18th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Kerry’s Remarks on Assad Widen Gap Between U.S. and Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

Kerry’s Remarks on Assad Widen Gap Between U.S. and Turkey

“Collapse of U.S. policy in Syria as Assad continues massacres,” thundered the headline of the government-aligned Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah on Tuesday, in an apparent response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks two days prior contemplating possible negotiations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. more...

16th March 2015 – The National Interest

A House Undivided: Israel’s New Consensus Politics

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A House Undivided: Israel’s New Consensus Politics

Israelis go to the polls on March 17, and in a time-honored tradition, international pundits are hoping for a political earthquake. This ballot, they say, will finally and completely determine whether Israel ever makes peace with the Palestinians, whether its inter-communal tension will devolve into civil war and whether it can stop an Iranian nuclear bomb before it is too late. more...

11th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Fires Cruise Missile Through Sanctions Loophole

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iran Fires Cruise Missile Through Sanctions Loophole

Iranian defense officials over the weekend announced the successful test-firing of the Soumar, a new and indigenously produced land-attack cruise missile. more...

10th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Succession Battle: Does it Matter?

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s Succession Battle: Does it Matter?

Mohammad Yazdi, a hardline ayatollah and former Judiciary chief, was elected chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts on Tuesday, defeating ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani by a margin of roughly two-to-one. more...

9th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Succession After Khamenei

Ali Alfoneh

Succession After Khamenei

Iranian TV aired footage Sunday of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei addressing a group of environmental officials at his residence in central Tehran more...

3rd March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Bursa-Bound: Ahmadinejad’s Trip to Turkey

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

Bursa-Bound: Ahmadinejad’s Trip to Turkey

On February 26, an Iran Air flight landed in Istanbul carrying a prominent passenger in seat 19F: former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. more...

27th February 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah: Alive in West Africa

Laura Grossman

Hezbollah: Alive in West Africa

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced new designations yesterday for several Africa-based individuals and entities connected to Hezbollah’s global terrorist network. more...