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29th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Top Prosecutor’s Death Presages Long, Hot Summer in Egypt

Oren Kessler

Top Prosecutor’s Death Presages Long, Hot Summer in Egypt

Egypt’s top public prosecutor was killed Monday in a car bombing in Cairo – the country’s highest-profile assassination since the July 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi. more...

26th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Economic Growth and the Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Economic Growth and the Nuclear Deal

Iran’s central bank published its preliminary annual report last week for the previous Persian year (March 2014 to March 2015), according to which Iran’s GDP grew 3 percent. more...

26th June 2015 – Forbes

Nuclear Bargains And State Department Backlogs

Claudia Rosett

Nuclear Bargains And State Department Backlogs

Should a final deal emerge from the Iran nuclear talks, now nearing a June 30 deadline, Congress will expect reports from the President every six months on whether Iran is in compliance. more...

25th June 2015 – War on the Rocks

Misreading Khamenei’s Nuclear Role

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Misreading Khamenei’s Nuclear Role

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has played his cards right. As the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear accord approaches, Iran’s supreme leader has maintained his rhetoric of resistance, dismissing long-term limits on Iran’s nuclear program as “a lifetime.” more...

24th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Reactions to Khamenei’s Nuclear Speech Mirror Iran’s Fault Lines

Ali Alfoneh

Reactions to Khamenei’s Nuclear Speech Mirror Iran’s Fault Lines

Iranian reactions to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s address Tuesday on international nuclear negotiations closely follow the country’s factional fault lines, from relative pragmatists desperate for sanctions relief to hardliners opposed to any accommodation with the West. more...

17th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Learning from Rafsanjani’s Memoirs

Ali Alfoneh

Learning from Rafsanjani’s Memoirs

Secretary of State John Kerry broke with years of U.S. and international policy on Tuesday, indicating that revealing past details of possible military dimensions (PMD) to Iran’s nuclear program would be unnecessary to secure a final deal with Tehran. more...

16th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

South Africa Flubs its Chance at Justice for Bashir

Laura Grossman

South Africa Flubs its Chance at Justice for Bashir

Suspected war criminals scored a victory Monday as Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir defied a South African judge’s order and fled the country back to Khartoum. Despite two outstanding arrest warrants from the International Criminal Court (ICC), Bashir landed in Johannesburg on Saturday to attend the African Union (AU) Summit. more...

9th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey After the Elections

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey After the Elections

In Turkey’s election on Sunday, the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) lost its parliamentary majority for the first time in 13 years, and will be unable to form the next government on its own. more...

3rd June 2015 – The Hill

Making Sense of Iranian S-300s

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Making Sense of Iranian S-300s

Iran has a long history of disrupting maritime traffic in the Strait of Hormuz and Persian Gulf, but should a recently resurrected deal between Russia and Iran for the S-300 surface-to-air missile (SAM) bear fruit, Tehran could soon project the same hostility into the skies. more...

4th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Sanctions Relief and the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

Sanctions Relief and the IRGC

OPEC “needs to open space” for the increased Iranian exports that could soon flow due to sanctions relief, Tehran’s oil minister said Wednesday at the cartel’s Vienna headquarters. more...