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23rd July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

IRGC Cashes in on EU “Transition Day”

Ali Alfoneh

IRGC Cashes in on EU “Transition Day”

After the nuclear agreement signed last week, the United States will maintain most of its sanctions on individuals and entities connected to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the regime’s elite forces for external terrorism and domestic repression. The European Union, however, has chosen a different path: a mass de-listing of the Guards on the date the deal calls “Transition Day.” more...

16th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Reacts to Nuclear Deal with Belligerence, Threats

Ali Alfoneh

Iran Reacts to Nuclear Deal with Belligerence, Threats

The U.S. administration hopes the Iran nuclear deal signed this week “incentivizes” the Islamic Republic to roll back its destabilizing regional presence and its support for terror groups. more...

17th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Nuclear Deal’s Impact on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Nuclear Deal’s Impact on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

One of the foremost beneficiaries of the Iran nuclear deal signed this week is the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the militia-cum-business empire whose clout has grown exponentially over the last decade and now controls at least one-sixth of the Iranian economy. more...

19th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Fundamental Flaws of the Emerging Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Fundamental Flaws of the Emerging Nuclear Deal

Under the emerging Iran nuclear agreement, there is an inherent asymmetry between an expanding Iranian nuclear program and diminishing economic leverage. more...

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...