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13th April 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Choice to Head Powerful Charity Bolsters the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Khamenei’s Choice to Head Powerful Charity Bolsters the IRGC

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei appointed Parviz Fattah as the new head of the Imam Khomeini Relief Foundation (IKRF) last weekend. more...

9th April 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Breaks Silence over Nuclear Framework

Ali Alfoneh, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Khamenei Breaks Silence over Nuclear Framework

There is “nothing to congratulate,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday, breaking his silence over a nuclear framework agreement signed with international negotiators a week earlier in Switzerland. In a televised address, Khamenei demanded all sanctions be immediately lifted while at the same time saying he had not been closely involved in drafting the agreement’s details. more...

8th April 2015 – The National Interest

Sultan of Turkey: Erdogan’s Shameless Power Play

Merve Tahiroglu

Sultan of Turkey: Erdogan’s Shameless Power Play

A row erupted within Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) on March 21, after the deputy prime minister brazenly condemned President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for stepping outside his boundaries by criticizing the government’s Kurdish peace process. more...

31st March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Nuclear Deal with Jordan is Russia’s Latest Attempt to Woo U.S. Allies

Grant Rumley, Boris Zilberman

Nuclear Deal with Jordan is Russia’s Latest Attempt to Woo U.S. Allies

Russia’s state-run nuclear-energy company last week signed a $10-billion agreement to build the first two nuclear power plants in Jordan’s history. more...

30th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Did the Islamic State Exaggerate Its Role in the Bardo Museum Attack?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Did the Islamic State Exaggerate Its Role in the Bardo Museum Attack?

The Tunisian government’s investigation of the devastating March 18 Bardo museum attack in Tunis yielded a surprising result. While the Islamic State (IS) quickly claimed credit for that attack, Tunisia instead attributed it to the al-Qaeda-aligned Katibat Uqba ibn Nafi, and identified the group’s emir Luqman Abu Saqr as the mastermind. more...

26th March 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

Obama’s Iran Policy Is Lost at Sea

Claudia Rosett

Obama’s Iran Policy Is Lost at Sea

American negotiators and their cohorts are trying to close a deal that would let Iran keep its nuclear program, subject to intricate conditions of monitoring and enforcement. Yet how is a deal like that supposed to be verified? The Obama administration can’t even keep up with the Iran-linked oil tankers on the U.S. blacklist. more...

25th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Unanswered Questions Surrounding Tehran-Pyongyang Cooperation

Ali Alfoneh

Unanswered Questions Surrounding Tehran-Pyongyang Cooperation

With the deadline for nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group drawing near, unanswered questions about the nature of the relationship between Tehran and Pyongyang are taking on new significance. more...

25th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Shipping Weapons Across Middle East

Oren Adaki

Iran Shipping Weapons Across Middle East

Reports surfaced last Friday about the arrival of an Iranian ship at the Houthi-controlled al-Saleef port in Hodeidah in northwestern Yemen, unloading more than 180 tons of weapons and equipment. more...

21st March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Splits in Two

Grant Rumley

Jordan’s Muslim Brotherhood Splits in Two

Jordan’s seven-decade-old Muslim Brotherhood wing disbanded this week, leaving behind a smaller, state-sanctioned movement that defines itself as strictly Jordanian and downplays links to Brotherhood branches across the Middle East. more...

18th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Kerry’s Remarks on Assad Widen Gap Between U.S. and Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

Kerry’s Remarks on Assad Widen Gap Between U.S. and Turkey

“Collapse of U.S. policy in Syria as Assad continues massacres,” thundered the headline of the government-aligned Turkish newspaper Daily Sabah on Tuesday, in an apparent response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks two days prior contemplating possible negotiations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. more...