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1st June 2018 – Fox News

Iran still seeking tech for weapons of mass destruction: German intel

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s regime has not stopped its drive to secure technology and scientific knowledge to produce weapon of mass destruction, the intelligence agency of the German state of Baden-Württemberg disclosed in a report last week. more...

16th June 2018 – The National

Tehran and its proxies are willing to sacrifice the welfare of ordinary Yemenis to keep the conflict

Behnam Ben Taleblu

“There is no military solution to the conflict,” says the UN special envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths. Iranian officials agree, at least in public, yet Tehran keeps sending weapons to the Houthi rebels, including ballistic missiles. Arming the rebels makes perfect sense when Iran does not want to resolve the conflict. more...

15th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Iraqi Shiite Cleric Sadr Announces Political Alliance with Pro-Iran Coalition

Romany Shaker

This week, Iraqi Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr announced a political alliance with Hadi al-Amiri, leader of a pro-Iran coalition linked to powerful Iranian-backed militias. The move represents a change of direction for Sadr, who had been marketing himself as a nationalist who opposes any foreign influence in the country’s domestic affairs. more...

13th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Major Austrian Energy Firm to Leave Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

OMV, a major Austrian energy firm, will no longer resist U.S. efforts to re-impose sanctions on Iran. “Let’s face it, you cannot simply carry on in Iran,” said CEO Reiner Seele, “U.S. sanctions are a much bigger risk for OMV’s business than any possible compensation that Europe ... could offer.” The OMV reversal follows the decision of oil giants such as Total, British Petroleum, and Lukoil to leave Iran’s market despite European governments’ opposition to U.S. policy. more...

13th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Israel Offers to Help Resolve Iran’s Water Crisis

Tzvi Kahn

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday presented what he described as “an unprecedented offer to Iran.” The Jewish state, he said, seeks to share its environmental expertise with Iran to help resolve the country’s increasingly dire water crisis. The Israeli proposal highlights the abortive – and ultimately self-defeating – policies of the clerical regime, which sabotages its own self-interests by fueling a problem that threatens not only its grip on power, but also the country’s survival. more...

12th June 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast: Iraq, Lebanon, and Iran’s March Across the Middle East

Clifford D. May, Tony Badran

Lebanon and Iraq both recently held elections, which is good news – or is it? Hezbollah, Iran's terrorist foreign legion, is now more firmly in control of Lebanon than ever before. Meanwhile, Iraq still faces many perils, not least from the Islamic Republic of Iran as it pursues its imperialist ambitions in the region. more...

12th June 2018 – Fortune Magazine

How Bailing Out ZTE Damaged America’s Credibility

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced an agreement to resolve a dispute with Chinese telecom company ZTE, which had violated U.S. sanctions by supplying sensitive technology to Iran. Rather than face a crippling ban on purchasing equipment from U.S. companies, ZTE agreed to pay $1 billion in fines—an unprecedented penalty from Commerce—and place $400 million in escrow to pay for any future fines the company might incur. more...

12th June 2018 – Toronto Sun

Is Canada a safe haven for corrupt Iranian officials and their money?

Sheryl Saperia, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trudeau government has been under heavy fire lately for its continued pursuit of re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iran, but a shift may be underway. On Monday, several members of the Liberal caucus were strongly supportive of a Conservative motion that calls for, among other things, an immediate cessation of any negotiations to restore diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic and a prompt designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code. more...

12th June 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

German Politicians Want Iran-Regime Center Ousted Over Antisemitism

Benjamin Weinthal

Politicians in the northern German city of Hamburg rekindled on Monday a call from last year to cancel the city’s contract with an Iranian-regime controlled institution because it participated in the annual al-Quds Day rally in Berlin, which calls for the destruction of the Jewish state. more...

11th June 2018 – Co-authored by Ray Takeyh - The Wall Street Journal

Don’t Fear Regime Change in Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal, and to relentlessly pressure the Islamic Republic, has elicited a predictable response. Critics cite history, particularly a counterproductive 1953 coup, as a reason to oppose the strategy. But looking more closely at the past shows that a regime-collapse containment policy is the best way to effect change. more...

10th June 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Oman’s Dangerous Double Game

Jonathan Schanzer, Nicole Salter

The Obama administration sought to help Iran cash in on the 2015 nuclear deal, a Republican-led Senate investigation revealed last week. The report also raises questions about the role played by Oman, a strategically located if little-known sultanate. more...

8th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Trucker Protests Reflect Continued Domestic Unrest

Tzvi Kahn

Iran’s truckers have gone on strike. The protests, which began on May 22 and reportedly spread to more than 250 cities in all of the country’s 31 provinces, largely reflect discontent with low wages, high costs for insurance and spare parts, and related hardships. Collectively, they have paralyzed large swaths of the country, leading numerous cities to face long lines at gas stations and delays in the delivery of goods. more...

6th June 2018 – Axios

Iran’s strategy to keep the nuclear deal: fear

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the U.S.' exit from the Iran nuclear deal, Iran has doubled down on its diplomatic strategy to pressure Europe into offsetting the effect of American sanctions, which are slated to return by November. But Iran also appears to be hedging its bets, claiming to remain committed to the limited restrictions on its nuclear program while professing interest in boosting its enrichment capabilities and centrifuge manufacturing. more...

2nd June 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

Intel report: Iran seeks weapons of mass destruction technology in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

The intelligence agency of the German state of Baden-Württemberg has revealed in an eye-popping report that Iran’s regime sought during 2017 to obtain technology and scientific knowledge to produce weapons of mass destruction and advance its missile program. more...

2nd June 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

NATO chief: Alliance won’t defend Israel in war with Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

NATO will not side with Israel if the Islamic Republic of Iran attacks the Jewish state, the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization told a German magazine on Saturday NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Der Spiegel, “The security guarantee [of NATO] does not apply to Israel” because the Jewish state is not a member of the 29 country alliance. more...

2nd June 2018 – The Jerusalem Post

NATO Chief: Alliance won’t Defend Israel in War with Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

NATO will not side with Israel if the Islamic Republic of Iran attacks the Jewish state, the head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization told a German magazine on Saturday NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg told Der Spiegel, “The security guarantee [of NATO] does not apply to Israel” because the Jewish state is not a member of the 29 country alliance. more...

1st June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

In Iran, Intense Capital Flight Threatens Economy

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Parliament Research Center, an official arm of the country’s legislature, published a report last week that sheds light on the extent of capital flight from Iran and the causes of the rial’s depreciation. more...

1st June 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Gulf States Crack Down on Iran’s Illicit Finance

Annie Fixler , Varsha Koduvayur

Sixty members of the Iranian parliament sent President Hassan Rouhani a letter last week demanding that the Islamic Republic reconsider its ties with the United Arab Emirates due to what they deemed a hostile stance towards Tehran. Iran has reason to be nervous about its financial relations not only with the UAE, but also with the rest of the Arab Gulf. more...

31st May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Trump Imposes New Human Rights Sanctions on Iran

Tzvi Kahn

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on six individuals and three entities responsible for major human rights abuses against the Iranian people. The designations reflect a reinvigorated U.S. effort to pressure Tehran for its domestic repression following Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s May 21 address articulating a new Iran strategy. more...

26th May 2018 – The Hill

In Iran’s water crisis, Tehran sows the seeds of its own decline

Tzvi Kahn

“I have returned” to Iran, tweeted a newly appointed environmental official charged with resolving the country’s water crisis, “with the hope of creating #hope.” Within months, however, that hope evaporated – and he found himself arrested, interrogated, and facing a government-coordinated smear campaign. more...

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Events

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.