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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...

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...

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 – 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...

21st May 2018 – Co-authored by Brig. Gen. (Res.) Prof. Jacob Nagel - FDD Research Memo

Deal or No Deal, The IAEA Must Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Deal or No Deal, The IAEA Must Monitor Iran’s Nuclear Program

Although the United States is withdrawing from the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) retains both the right and the obligation to ensure the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. 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...

25th May 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Elimination of NSC Cybersecurity Post Weakens Interagency Coordination

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

Elimination of NSC Cybersecurity Post Weakens Interagency Coordination

Last week, the White House eliminated the position of cybersecurity coordinator on the National Security Council (NSC) staff. This decision comes at a time when cyber threats are expanding and the federal government needs the interagency process to help coordinate the implementation of new cyber strategies. 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...

21st May 2018 – New York Post

Mike Pompeo just gave the Iran speech Kerry should have given

Jonathan Schanzer

Mike Pompeo just gave the Iran speech Kerry should have given

In his first major speech as secretary of state — a searing 20-minute stemwinder — Mike Pompeo on Monday laid out the new US strategy toward Iran, following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear agreement. more...