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21st May 2018 – New York Daily News

Trump and Pompeo’s plan for Iran: It’s risky, but it has a chance of succeeding

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Trump and Pompeo’s plan for Iran: It’s risky, but it has a chance of succeeding

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on Monday outlining President Trump's new strategy to counter the Islamic Republic of Iran: Intensify the Iranian regime's ongoing liquidity and political crisis to induce fundamental changes in behavior across a range of malign activities. In short, maximum diplomacy backed by maximum pressure. more...

21st May 2018 – FDD Research

Iran: The Shi’ite Imperial Power

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran: The Shi’ite Imperial Power

The sectarian wars in Iraq and Syria have fundamentally changed the Islamic Republic. They have become arenas for a new militant Shi’ite solidarity that has crossed the Arab Persian divide: Iranian-led, non-Iranian militias, thousands strong, now fight in foreign lands. more...

21st May 2018 – The Hill

Mike Pompeo raises the bar for a deal with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Mike Pompeo raises the bar for a deal with Iran

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went big — very big — in his speech at the Heritage Foundation Monday. Pompeo’s remarks were the first major statement of U.S. policy towards Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal on May 8. Whereas the JCPOA attempted to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat in isolation, Pompeo demanded nothing less than a fundamental transformation of the Islamic Republic’s behavior. This bold move raises the bar very high for any future deal with Iran. more...

15th May 2018 – Tablet Magazine

Palestinian Nationalism is at its Lowest Point Ever

Jonathan Schanzer

Palestinian Nationalism is at its Lowest Point Ever

The riots on the border of the Gaza Strip could be the beginning of a new round of Middle East violence. Yet, they are also an indication that Palestinian nationalism is at its lowest point since the “Nakba,” the Israeli victory in the 1948-1949 War of Independence. more...

18th May 2018 – Co-authored by Alex Entz - The Weekly Standard

How the US Can Keep Venezuela from Becoming a Failed State

Michaela Frai

How the US Can Keep Venezuela from Becoming a Failed State

On Sunday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro will face his country’s hungry, impoverished voters. The election will be neither free nor fair, so another win for the corrupt Socialist party is almost guaranteed. Already, Western countries are rightly rejecting the outcome. more...

17th May 2018 – The National Interest

In Korea, the Same Old Tricks from a Brand New Kim

Anthony Ruggiero, David Adesnik

In Korea, the Same Old Tricks from a Brand New Kim

North Korea long ago mastered the art of playing hard to get with American diplomats eager—or even desperate—to make a deal. Pyongyang’s sudden threatto cancel the June 12 summit in Singapore shows that Kim Jong-un has learned how to play the same games as his father and grandfather. more...

17th May 2018 – New York Post

For Gaza’s suffering, blame Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

For Gaza’s suffering, blame Hamas

Predictably, the recent unrest on the border separating Israel and the Gaza Strip has given way to a banal debate over the “desperation” of the people of Gaza. more...

8th May 2018 – The Washington Times

Where Iran’s terrorist representative is the big winner

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

Where Iran’s terrorist representative is the big winner

Lebanon held its first parliamentary elections since 2009 on Sunday. As expected, Iran’s local representative, the terrorist group Hezbollah, was the big winner. Hezbollah, with help from the Shiite Amal party, have a virtual lock on Shiite representation. And the group has gained other parliamentary allies, granting the Hezbollah bloc a simple majority to advance the group’s dangerous domestic and regional agendas. more...

5th May 2018 – The Hill

Deal or no deal, Trump should punish Iran’s aviation sector

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Deal or no deal, Trump should punish Iran’s aviation sector

The decision on whether or not Boeing should sell passenger aircraft to Iran should not be made by Boeing, but by President Trump, says FDD’s Emanuele Ottolenghi in his latest piece for The Hill. He also argues why targeting Iran’s aviation sector should be a priority of President Trump’s – independent of the nuclear deal. more...

18th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Banker Sentenced for Iran Sanctions-Busting Scheme

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish Banker Sentenced for Iran Sanctions-Busting Scheme

A Manhattan court Wednesday sentenced Mehmet Hakan Atilla, deputy general manager of Turkey’s second-largest public lender, Halkbank, to 32 months in prison for his role in a multi-billion dollar scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran. more...