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16th August 2017 – Seth J. Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

‘Iran Building Missile Factory In Syria’

Jonathan Schanzer

Report showing construction is ‘significant development’ that poses dilemma for Israel’s response. more...

16th August 2017 – Quoted by Matthew R.J. Brodsky - The Weekly Standard

U.S. Policy in Lebanon Is Now Helping Hezbollah and Iran

Tony Badran

We have special forces helping the Lebanese military prepare to face ISIS. Unfortunately, Hezbollah is infiltrating the country's armed forces. more...

16th August 2017 – Quoted by Arab News

Iranian president threatens to restart nuclear program

Mark Dubowitz

The war of words between the US and Iran over the latter’s nuclear and missile development program continued on Tuesday. more...

16th August 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

Report: Iran Smuggling Weapons to Syria in Violation of UN Resolution

Iran is shipping arms to Russia via a smuggling route into Syria, which would violate the terms of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231, which implemented the 2015 nuclear deal, according to Western intelligence agencies. more...

16th August 2017 – The Washington Times

In search of a grand U.S. strategy

Clifford D. May

Anti-extremists should hang together while Trump’s advisers construct it more...

15th August 2017 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani: We could restart ‘advanced’ nuke program ‘within hours’

Behnam Ben Taleblu


15th August 2017 – Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Intel Report: Russia Opens Secret Military Supply Route to Iran, Violates Nuclear Deal

Benjamin Weinthal

Russia using bases in Syria for unauthorised weapon deals with Iran, German newspaper cites Intel report more...

15th August 2017 – Tablet Magazine

The Pentagon Fills Hezbollah’s Shopping List

Tony Badran

Bradley fighting vehicles, M4 rifles among the American goods that will soon make their way to Lebanon, free of charge. more...

15th August 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Report: Iran And Russia Violated UN Weapons Sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

German media and state intelligence agencies revealed how Russia and Iran bypassed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear accord. more...

15th August 2017 – Quoted by Aresu Eqbali and Asa Fitch - The Wall Street Journal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Threatens to Back Out of Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened to revive his country’s nuclear program within hours if the U.S. continues to pile on sanctions, a warning that Iran was prepared to tear up a deal that he championed. more...

14th August 2017 – Quoted by The Tower

IRGC Commander: Iran Will Never Allow Inspections of Military Nuclear Sites


14th August 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Iran’s Compliance with UNSCR 2231: Alleged Violations Must Be Addressed

Behnam Ben Taleblu

UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231 implements the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and imposes missile- and arms-related restrictions. Little-noticed biannual reporting by the UN Secretary General alleges that Iran is repeatedly violating these non-nuclear provisions. Thus far, the United States has responded to such violations with sanctions and designations of Iranian and foreign entities supporting Tehran’s ballistic missile development. However, the UN and its member states have not responded. More must be done to investigate allegations of noncompliance and to punish violations of the resolution. more...

12th August 2017 – Quoted by James Poulos - The Orange County Register

Iran’s expansionist aims pose problems for U.S.

The challenge posed to the United States by Iran is so difficult and complex a problem that even the Trump administration is somewhat divided on how to proceed. While some officials are inclined to treat Tehran as if it is in compliance with the terms of the nuclear “deal” struck under Obama and still in effect, others, including Trump himself, believe the spirit of the agreement has been cast aside, and doubt it ever should have been put in place to begin with. more...

12th August 2017 – Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

Will Trump demolish the ‘horrible’ nuclear deal with Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Donald Trump could be poised to take the first step towards unravelling the nuclear deal with Iran by declaring Tehran has not complied with it. more...

11th August 2017 – Quoted by Associated France Presse

US religion monitor welcomes release of Iranian Christian

Clifford D. May

Maryam Naghash Zargaran, a Christian convert from Islam, was jailed ‘simply due to her Christian faith,’ says US government watchdog more...

11th August 2017 – Spreaker

The Alex Nitzberg Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Alex Nitzberg interviews Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. more...

11th August 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottlenghi discusses how Iran Air uses its planes to transport radical Islamic militants on The John Batchelor Show. 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...

10th August 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

German Green Party Probes Iran’s Activity Against Israel And Dissidents

Benjamin Weinthal

The expansion of Iranian regime institutions in Germany has prompted the opening of an inquiry by the Green Party in the Bundestag on Friday to assess Tehran’s anti-Israel and espionage activities. more...

9th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force-linked Taliban commander leads insurgency in central Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A Taliban commander who was targeted by the US military in an airstrike nearly a decade ago and who has links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp – Qods Force remains a key player in the insurgency in central Afghanistan. The Taliban commander, known as Mullah Mustafa, was instrumental in the Taliban’s takeover of Taiwara district in Ghor province several weeks ago. Afghan forces have retaken the district, but maintain a tenuous hold on it. more...


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24th March 2017 - 10:00 AM

Keeping Iran in Check: How to Combat Iran’s Illicit Activities

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a breakfast conversation on Friday, March 24 from 10:00am to 11:00am, titled Keeping Iran in Check: How to Combat Iran’s Illicit Activities. The conversation featured the Founder and President of the Institute for Science and International Security David Albright; FDD’s CEO Mark Dubowitz; and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Brian Katulis.

12th February 2016 - 6:03 PM

Rising Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Geopolitical and Energy Security Implications

The latest increase in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia raises questions about the potential for further instability in the region and possible oil supply disruptions. These risks are most apparent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home both to more than half of the nation’s oil production and a Shia majority. The panel discussion will focus on how these developments are impacting U.S. national and energy security interests at a time when Iran sanctions are being lifted, allowing Tehran to export its petroleum, further adding to an oversupplied global oil market.