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5th May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Parliamentary Elections are No Victory for “Moderates”

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Parliamentary Elections are No Victory for “Moderates”

Iranians cast their votes Friday in runoff elections for the quarter of parliamentary seats still in contention from February’s first round. more...

5th May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Prime Minister Falls Victim to Palace Coup

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish Prime Minister Falls Victim to Palace Coup

After a week of open strife within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan invited Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to his 1,150-room palace yesterday. more...

3rd May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Moves to Strip Kurdish Deputies’ Immunity

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey Moves to Strip Kurdish Deputies’ Immunity

Turkey set the stage for stripping Kurdish parliamentarians of their immunity Monday, when a parliamentary committee approved the motion after a contentious debate. more...

28th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

IAEA Takes a Light Touch on Iran’s Heavy Water

Olli Heinonen

IAEA Takes a Light Touch on Iran’s Heavy Water

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the international community limits Tehran’s heavy water inventory to no more than 130 metric tons for the current Arak reactor before reconfiguration to a smaller capacity. more...

22nd April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Space Launch Underscores Patient ICBM Plan

Amir Toumaj

Iran Space Launch Underscores Patient ICBM Plan

Iran launched a new satellite rocket called “the Simorgh” on Tuesday, according to U.S. officials. The launch may yet again violate United Nations resolution 2231 – making it the fourth known violation since last summer’s nuclear deal. more...

15th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Center for Illicit Finance

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Iran’s Center for Illicit Finance

Iranian Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif is in Washington this week to attend summits at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, make the rounds at think tanks, and meet with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew. more...

7th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Sunni Support Network

Tony Badran

Hezbollah’s Sunni Support Network

Hezbollah announced the death this weekend of seven of its fighters in Syria during fighting in southern Aleppo. Among them was a curious name: 19-year old Muhammad al-Kabash, a Sunni from Sidon. more...

7th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. mulls pulling Sinai peacekeeping force

Oren Kessler

U.S. mulls pulling Sinai peacekeeping force

The United States is considering pulling its roughly 700 troops out of a base its forces have occupied for three decades in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, CNN reported Tuesday. more...