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2nd January 2018 – Quoted by Katherine Gypson - Voice of America

Iran Protests Revive Bitter US Political Divides

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump blamed former president Barack Obama Tuesday for "foolishly" giving Iranian leadership money as part of the 2015 nuclear agreement negotiated by his administration, tweeting a claim the funds "went into terrorism and into their pockets." more...

2nd January 2018 – Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

Trump Reiterates Support for Iranian Protesters, but Also Criticizes Obama

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump has given full-throated support to the antigovernment protesters in Iran. But the rising tide of unrest there complicates an already vexing decision for him: whether he should rip up the nuclear deal struck by President Barack Obama. more...

16th November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Repression of Foreign Journalists Intensifies

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s targeting of foreign journalists has intensified. In recent weeks and months, the regime has conducted cyber attacks against Iranian journalists abroad, launched a criminal investigation of BBC Persian, and falsely charged a British-Iranian for conspiring against the regime by teaching journalism. Tehran’s conduct reflects its longstanding fear that journalists constitute Western agents who seek to infiltrate the country with foreign ideologies contrary to Shiite Islam. more...

1st November 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New UN Report Highlights Iran’s Continued Human Rights Abuses

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s repression of its own people has continued largely unabated, the United Nations indicated in a new report presented to the UN General Assembly last week. The semi-annual publication, authored by Asma Jahangir, the UN special rapporteur for human rights in Iran, paints a grim portrait of an Islamist regime committed to the suppression of dissent that contradicts its radical ideology. more...

17th August 2017 – Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Iranian opposition leader ends hunger strike after government agrees to relax house arrest

Behnam Ben Taleblu

An Iranian opposition leader living under house arrest has ended his hunger strike after authorities agreed to lift some restrictions and consider his demand for a public trial, a family member said Thursday. The decision marked a potentially rare concession from a government generally resistant to public pressure. more...

14th August 2017 – Quoted by Lorraine Caballero - Christian Daily

Hungary could save Iranian Christian actress facing deportation from Sweden

Clifford D. May

An Iranian Christian celebrity who is at the risk of deportation from Sweden to Iran could be saved from prison, abuse, and possibly death, by the Hungarian government, which has announced that it is ready to offer refugee status to her. more...

10th August 2017 – Quoted by VOA Persian

Top Iran-watchers comment on Rouhani’s track record and his relations with the West

Mark Dubowitz

With Hassan Rouhani starting his second term as Iran's president, VOA Persian remembers that three years ago, American observers Reuel Mark Gerecht and Ali Alfoneh wrote a political portrait of Hassan Rouhani titled "The Man and the Myth: The many faces of Hassan Rouhani" where they traced the life of Hassan Fereydoun - from his birth in Sorkheh in Semnan Province to his theology studies at Alavi School in Qom to his long political career and climb through the Islamic Republic's top hierarchy culminating in becoming Iran's president. more...

3rd August 2017 – Quoted by Catholic World News

Iranian Christian convert released from prison

Clifford D. May

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian Muslim who converted to Christianity, has been released from a Tehran prison. more...

2nd August 2017 – Quoted by CBN News

Iran Denied Christian Prisoner Vital Medical Care

Clifford D. May

Iranian authorities released Maryam Naghash Zargaran, an Iranian Christian, from prison after she served a four year sentence for "security violations." more...

28th July 2017 – The Hill

How Trump can show Iran that America will not be intimidated

Behnam Ben Taleblu

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20th July 2017 – Quoted by Iran Focus

Trump Wanted to Find Iran Non-Compliant With Nuclear but Was Talked out of It

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump wanted to declare Iran as noncompliant with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal but was talked out of it by national security aides shortly ahead of the midnight deadline, according to administration officials. more...

20th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Tehran Sentences U.S. Hostage to 10 Years in Prison

Tzvi Kahn

Tehran has sentenced another Western national to a lengthy prison term on spurious espionage charges. The incarceration of Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-American graduate student at Princeton University first arrested last summer, not only reflects Iran’s conspiratorial fears of Western infiltration, but also marks a likely effort to extort Washington for further concessions. more...

19th July 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Trump administration sanctions Iran but continues the Iran deal. FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses these developments. more...

18th July 2017 – Qutoed by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

With U.S. scholar’s conviction, power struggle escalates between Iran’s president and hard-liners

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A high-stakes power struggle between Iran’s moderate president and his hard-line opponents in the judiciary appeared to escalate with the arrest of the president’s brother and the conviction of an American student for espionage this weekend — rulings that seemed timed to embarrass the Iranian leader at home and abroad. more...

11th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

The Ideological Battleground of Iran’s Internet

Tzvi Kahn

A leading advocate for internet freedom recently began his fifth hunger strike in Iran’s notorious Evin Prison. The incarceration of Nizar Zakka, a U.S. permanent resident, reflects Tehran’s ongoing efforts to restrict cyber space, which the regime regards as a threat not merely to its survival, but also to the Islamic character of the people it rules. more...

9th June 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran’s High Rate of Executions Continues After Rouhani’s Re-Election

Tzvi Kahn

Iran has executed at least 20 people since the re-election of President Hassan Rouhani on May 19, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies reported Wednesday. more...

12th May 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

The Ideological Crucible of Iran’s Hunger Strikes

Tzvi Kahn

Hunger strikes in Iranian prisons are hardly new. But the international attention that accompanied one recent strike has exposed rare cracks in the regime’s theocratic armor, and offers a key lesson for the United States. By publicly highlighting the plight of Iran’s hunger strikers, Washington can weaken Tehran’s resolve to resist their demands. more...

27th April 2017 – The Hill

Trump must challenge Iran’s ongoing human rights abuses

Tzvi Kahn

“The real war” with the West, Iran’s supreme leader declared in a recent speech, “is a cultural war.” It unfolds not on Middle East battlefields, but on the “many television and internet networks which are busy diverting the hearts and minds of our youth away from religion, our sacred beliefs, morality, modesty and the like.” more...

21st March 2017 – Foreign Policy

Rouhani, the Deceiver

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

In two months’ time — on May 19, to be exact — Iran will hold presidential elections. As things currently stand, odds are that the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, will win a second term. more...

14th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Announces New Charges Against Iranian-American

Tzvi Kahn

Tehran announced new charges against an Iranian-American and his Iranian wife on Sunday, accusing them of promoting “corruption on Earth” and founding a “cult.” The move represents a direct challenge to the Trump administration, which has pledged to secure the release of Iranian-Americans incarcerated in the regime’s notorious prisons. more...

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26th August 2014 - 11:45 AM

Polling the Iranian Street: A Look Inside the Prospects for Reform in Iran

The IMF reports that Iran is experiencing a modest economic recovery. While the Iranian regime has used the breathing space to build greater resiliency, the overall standard of living for the Iranian people is not improving. At the same time, the tempo of arrests and executions has increased, freedom of the press has been further curtailed, Green Movement leaders Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi remain in isolation, and public protests over Iranian involvement in Syria and Iraq have increased.


What does President Rouhani’s failure to improve economic conditions and human rights for average Iranians say about his political will and Iran’s capacity for meaningful reform? Is there still a significant domestic movement for real reform? What do these and other factors indicate for the strength and stability of the Iranian regime? How do these factors impact P5+1 negotiations and future U.S. policy towards Iran?

12th June 2014 - 12:00 PM

Dashed Hopes: Iran’s Human Rights Record Under President Rouhani

A conversation with Ali Alfoneh, Katrina Lantos Swett, and Arsham Parsi. 
Moderated by Mark Dubowitz 
Opening remarks by Congressman Ted Deutch and Senator Mark Kirk

One year after Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran, what is the current and future outlook for human rights in the country? Have President Rouhani’s positive statements regarding rights and freedoms in Iran been backed up by any improvements? How can the U.S. and the international community help improve the human right situation in Iran?