Subscribe to FDD

Analysis & Commentary

18th November 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s First Major Post-Deal Oil Contract Is Risky Business

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s First Major Post-Deal Oil Contract Is Risky Business

Iran last week struck its first major oil agreement with international firms following the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions pursuant to last summer’s nuclear deal. more...

26th November 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Threatens Reprisal Over Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Khamenei Threatens Reprisal Over Sanctions

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei addressed members of the Basij paramilitary force on Wednesday, doubling down on charges that the U.S. had transgressed last summer’s nuclear deal. more...

18th November 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Latest Scapegoats: Christians

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s Latest Scapegoats: Christians

Turkish police on October 7 detained the American pastor Andrew Brunson and his wife Norine – residents of Turkey for the last twenty years – for “activities against national security.” more...

15th November 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s New Target: Secular Education

Aykan Erdemir

Erdogan’s New Target: Secular Education

Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) issued a state of emergency decree on October 29 to suspend the elections of university rectors, authorizing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to appoint them instead. more...

18th November 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Introduces Bill to Combat BDS Worldwide

Tyler Stapleton

Congress Introduces Bill to Combat BDS Worldwide

Congress introduced the Protecting Israel Against Economic Discrimination Act this week to combat efforts at the UN to blacklist companies doing business with Israel, and calls on the U.S. Export-Import Bank to consider denying applicant companies engaged in politically-motivated boycotts of the country. more...

17th November 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Tightens Military Ties with China

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iran Tightens Military Ties with China

Iranian and Chinese security officials signed a military-cooperation agreement this week to establish a joint commission to boost defense ties. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution and the subsequent severing of U.S. military assistance, Tehran has relied on Chinese arms to supplement its defense industry. more...

8th October 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Obama Loosens Iran Sanctions on Dollars, IRGC

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler , Eric B. Lorber

Obama Loosens Iran Sanctions on Dollars, IRGC

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an update ‪on Friday evening‬‬‬‬‪ ‬‬to‬‬ ‬‬its guidance about sanctions relief to Iran under the nuclear agreement. more...

4th October 2016 – FDD Press

How the Nuclear Deal Enriches Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad, Annie Fixler , Amir Toumaj

How the Nuclear Deal Enriches Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps

During the first week of September, Iranian speedboats twice harassed U.S. Navy ships in international waters near the Strait of Hormuz. Those boats belonged to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...