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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...

7th January 2015 – The Long War Journal

Jihadists who attacked French magazine displayed professional training

Bill Roggio

Jihadists who attacked French magazine displayed professional training

Unidentified jihadists killed 12 people and injured seven in an assault on the Paris office of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo earlier today. Gunmen armed with assault rifles shouted "'we have avenged the prophet" and "Allahu akbar," or God is greatest, as they stormed the headquarters of the magazine that has in the past published irreverent cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed and the emir of the Islamic State. more...

5th January 2015 – MilitaryEdge.org

The Lasers That Will Fry Iran’s Drones

Patrick Megahan

The Lasers That Will Fry Iran’s Drones

Iran continues to develop an expanding fleet of homemade unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Tehran announced its latest “suicide drone” on the heels of a massive military exercise last month. But a new, high-tech weapon developed by the United States Navy -- one that can swat drones from the sky -- could render Iran’s new aerial threat obsolete. more...

2nd January 2015 – National Interest

In Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas VS Mohammad Dahlan

Grant Rumley

In Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas VS Mohammad Dahlan

Thousands marched in the streets of Gaza last Thursday in support of Mohammad Dahlan, a longtime rival of Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas who has lived in the UAE ever since Abbas forced him into exile in 2011. Protesters blasted Abbas, whom they accused of corruption, tyranny and even treason, while at the same time cheering the exiled former leader. more...

1st January 2015 – National Interest

Iran’s Greatest Fear: “American Islam”

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s Greatest Fear: “American Islam”

The Islamic State rages next door and the U.S. Congress is threatening new sanctions, but Iranian officials remain preoccupied by a different challenge, one that has haunted them for decades: “American Islam.” more...

29th December 2014 – Now Lebanon

“Rapprochement” Aside,  Egypt and Qatar Remain Rivals

Oren Kessler , David Andrew Weinberg

“Rapprochement” Aside,  Egypt and Qatar Remain Rivals

Over the last week, Cairo sacked a hardline anti-Islamist intelligence chief, Doha suspended its pro-Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian channel, and officials from both sides took turns singing the other's praises. Don’t be fooled, however: as long as Doha and Cairo have fundamentally-opposed regional agendas, they’ll be able to agree to little more than ad hoc concessions and empty gestures. more...

26th December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Reading Washington’s New Cuba Policy in Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Reading Washington’s New Cuba Policy in Tehran

President Barack Obama’s overturning of Washington’s longstanding commercial and diplomatic isolation of Cuba earlier this month has grabbed the attention of another country chafing under U.S. sanctions: the Islamic Republic of Iran. more...