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17th June 2013 – BBC World Service


Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iranian election and what Hassan Rouhani's victory means for the countries nuclear program. more...

17th June 2013 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Iran President Talks Moderation, Maintains Nuclear Goal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Western hopes that Iran's newly elected president signals a new moderate shift by the mullahs who run the country may be misplaced, given Hasan Rowhani's support... more...

17th June 2013 – The New York Times

Rowhani Is a Tool of Iran’s Rulers

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The odds are poor that the election of Hassan Rowhani to the presidency will change Iranian society or diminish the power of the supreme leader Ali Khamenei and his praetorians... more...

17th June 2013 – The Atlantic

Why You Shouldn’t Get Too Excited About Rouhani

Mark Dubowitz

Good riddance: The end of the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad era should be welcomed by all who want to see a free and democratic Iran and a peaceful resolution to the ongoing... more...

14th June 2013 – Quoted by Sohrab Ahmari, The Wall Street Journal

Iranian Electioneering on U.S. Soil

Mark Dubowitz

Civil War buffs know Manassas, Va., as the site of the First Battle of Bull Run in 1861, but tomorrow the city will play a bit role in Iran's presidential election. Indeed, Manassas... more...

14th June 2013 – Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iranian election and its effect on their nuclear program. more...

14th June 2013 – The Atlantic

Iran Has a Presidential Selection, Not an Election

Mark Dubowitz

"Some people may, for whatever reason, not desire to support the regime of the Islamic Republic, but they certainly want to support their country," said Iran's Supreme Leader... more...

13th June 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Iran’s Meaningless Presidential Elections

Clifford D. May

The Islamic Republic of Iran is holding its eleventh presidential election on Friday. It’s all very exciting — just as it was in 1979 when, right after the Iranian Revolution... more...

7th June 2013 – Cited by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Presidential Election Offers Limited Options

Iranians will have few good options in the country’s June 14 presidential election, according to Radio Free Europe correspondent and Iran expert Golnaz Esfandiari. more...

5th June 2013 – Fox News

Embracing the Stone Age: Iran Retains Medieval Penalty for Adultery

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran just doesn't want to leave the Stone Age. The Islamic Republic's Sharia law-controlled judiciary dismissed the concerns of critics of its barbaric penal system and voted to... more...

2nd June 2013 – The Jerusalem Post

Canadian MPs Decry Iran Human Rights Violations

Benjamin Weinthal

Canada’s Parliament hosted Iran Accountability Week last week, documenting the Islamic Republic’s human rights violations, particularly its clerical leadership’s use of domestic and international... more...

1st June 2013 – Faster, Please! - PJ Media

Iranian Sex and Circuses

Michael Ledeen

Ronald Reagan used to marvel at the tendency of intellectuals and diplomats to get so involved in “understanding” other countries and cultures, no matter how hostile to the USA... more...

30th May 2013 – Testimony before the International Human Rights Subcommittee, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Guardians of the Revolution and Violators of Human Rights

Mark Dubowitz

Honorable members of this subcommittee... more...

27th May 2013 – Quoted by Guy Taylor Ashish Kumar Sen, The Washington Times

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Stocks Election to Replace Ahmadinejad with Loyalists

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s June 14 elections are expected to produce a president loyal to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and do nothing to improve prospects for an end to its nuclear... more...

16th May 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Why Iran’s Elections Will Not Be Democratic

Six hundred and eighty six Iranian citizens have registered as candidates for the eleventh presidential elections scheduled to be held in Iran on Friday, June 14, 2013. more...

7th May 2013 – Fox News

Report Finds Iran Among Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

Benjamin Weinthal

Religious freedom is in short supply in the Middle East, according to the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, which has issued a report finding Iran chief... more...

16th April 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

A Third Way to Address the Iranian Threat

Michael Ledeen

With an Iranian presidential election coming in June, President Obama may be presented with a second chance to get his policy right. In 2009, when massive protests followed Iran's disputed presidential vote... more...

28th March 2013 – Commentary

Gay—or Left?

On July 19, 2005, authorities in the Iranian city of Mashhad publicly lynched two teenagers, Mahmoud Asgari and Ayaz Marhoni, for the alleged crime of raping a 13-year-old boy. Horrific pictures of the execution... more...

22nd March 2013 – Fox News

Nursing Mothers Imprisoned: UN Report Details Iranian Persecution of Non-Muslims

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s hard-line regime has intensified its violent crackdown on Christians and other religious minorities, even imprisoning nursing mothers for practicing their faith, according to a new... more...

18th March 2013 – The Jerusalem Post

UN Report Reveals Iranian Violence Against Bahais

Benjamin Weinthal

Two new studies have disclosed state-sponsored violence directed at the Bahai religious minority in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Ahmed Shaheed, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Iran, announced the findings of his report last week in Geneva. more...


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24th October 2013 - 9:30 AM

Rouhani vs the Guards

A Conversation with Dexter Filkins, Mark Dubowitz, Ali Alfoneh, and Reuel Marc Gerecht

As Rouhani rages a full-scale charm offensive, how long before he and Suleimani face-off over the question of the direction and tone of Iran’s foreign policy? How much flexibility will Rouhani have on the nuclear question when the IRGC controls the program? The ultimate question is, at the end of the day, “Who rules Iran?”

16th October 2013 - 12:15 PM

Inside Iran: Understanding Rouhani, the IRGC, and the Supreme Leader

A conversation with Ali Alfoneh, J. Matthew McInnis, and Chris Griffin

A joint briefing with the Foreign Policy Initiative.