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27th January 2015 – The National Interest

How Iran Views the P5+1 Nuke Talks

Behnam Ben Taleblu

How Iran Views the P5+1 Nuke Talks

Ahead of the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear accord with Iran, international negotiators remain puzzled by two questions: “What does Tehran want, and what will it settle for?” more...

26th January 2015 – US News and World Report

Iran’s Glitter Isn’t Gold

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran’s Glitter Isn’t Gold

Since obtaining sanctions relief from the West under a twice-extended interim nuclear agreement, Iran has touted the steady stream of visiting trade and political delegations to Tehran. more...

24th January 2015 – The National Interest

New Saudi King Won’t Change a Thing

David Andrew Weinberg

New Saudi King Won’t Change a Thing

Don’t buy the hype. Saudi Arabia’s new king is not a reformer, and his first acts as ruler confirm he will continue the royal family’s tradition of beggar-thy-neighbor energy policies and uncompromising, widespread repression. more...

23rd January 2015 – Business Insider

Inside The Slow-Burning Internal Crisis That’s Gripping The Palestinian Leadership

Grant Rumley

Inside The Slow-Burning Internal Crisis That’s Gripping The Palestinian Leadership

"Palestine cannot be run by bullying, dictatorship and the falsification of facts which Mahmoud Abbas and his gang use on daily basis.” So said Mohammad Dahlan, a chief rival of Abbas and the instigator of a massive rally in Gaza last month that featured posters of the Palestinian Authority leader hanged in the street. more...

23rd January 2015 – Now Media

One Small Israeli Strike, One Very Big Strategic Game

Tony Badran

One Small Israeli Strike, One Very Big Strategic Game

Israel dealt Iran a painful blow on Sunday when it struck a convoy of senior Iranian and Hezbollah commanders in Quneitra in the Golan Heights. more...

23rd January 2015 – The National Interest

Alberto Nisman: The Man Who Exposed Iran in Latin America

Toby Dershowitz

Alberto Nisman: The Man Who Exposed Iran in Latin America

Monday morning, just hours before his death, was not the first time Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s life was threatened. more...

20th January 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Waning Public Support for Tehran’s Nuclear Aspirations

Ali Alfoneh

Waning Public Support for Tehran’s Nuclear Aspirations

Iran’s regime is at odds with itself over the costs and benefits of its controversial nuclear program. more...

16th January 2015 – The National Interest

The Turkey-Hamas Nexus

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

The Turkey-Hamas Nexus

Last week, Israel’s Foreign Ministry praised Qatar for purportedly expelling Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal from Doha. more...

13th January 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

A Milestone for Saudi Oil Policy

David Andrew Weinberg

A Milestone for Saudi Oil Policy

For the last several years, oil produced in North America has generally sold for a cheaper price than oil imported from across the Atlantic. Earlier today, that price difference temporarily collapsed, threatening one of the most visible indicators of America’s booming energy economy. more...

7th January 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Paris Attack: A Possible Yemen Connection

Oren Adaki

The Paris Attack: A Possible Yemen Connection

“Tell the media that this is al-Qaeda in the Yemen,” gunmen in today’s deadly attack in Paris allegedly told witnesses before launching their assault. more...