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27th April 2017 – Quoted by Carol Morello, Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

The nuclear deal takes center stage as Iran’s election campaign gets underway

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s short, intense presidential campaign kicks off Friday with the first televised debate between six candidates in a race widely seen as a referendum on whether Iranians feel they have benefited from the nuclear deal that took effect last year. more...

27th April 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Germany’s Social Democrats Pivot Toward PLO and Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

German Foreign and Vice Chancellor Minister Sigmar Gabriel’s move to pick a fight with Benjamin Netanyahu come as no surprise to longterm observers of Gabriel and his Social Democratic Party’s (SPD) explicit pivot toward Fatah and the Islamic Republic of Iran. Netanyahu told Gabriel he was not prepared to meet with him if he went ahead with meetings with organizations (i.e. Breaking the Silence) that seek to delegitimize the Jewish state and the IDF. more...

27th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Ideological War on Homosexuality

Tzvi Kahn

Iranian police raided a private party this month, arresting more than 30 people on charges of sodomy, alcohol consumption, and psychedelic drug use. The move reflects the daily perils that homosexuals face in the Islamic Republic, which regards them as enemies of the state who threaten its revolutionary ideals. more...

26th April 2017 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

What the North Korea crisis says about the Iranian nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again. more...

26th April 2017 – The Washington Times

The Boeing and Airbus Iran deals shouldn’t fly

Clifford D. May

Sometimes international law is ambiguous. Sometimes not. When it comes to murdering civilians and using chemical weapons to get the job done, there are no gray areas, no fuzzy lines, no mitigating circumstances. Such practices are clearly and specifically prohibited under what’s called “the law of war.” That makes Bashar Assad, Syria’s dynastic dictator, a war criminal. And it makes Iran his chief accomplice. more...

25th April 2017 – The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Dr. Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran Nuclear Deal. more...

24th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Obama Administration Dropped Charges against Iranian Procurement Agents

Orde Kittrie

A bombshell article published Monday in Politico describes how the Obama administration dropped charges against key members of Iran’s proliferation procurement network, infuriating Justice Department officials and undermining the U.S.’s ability to detect and deter Iranian cheating – all in service of reaching a nuclear deal with Tehran. more...

24th April 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Hezbollah’s Farcical Media Tour at the Israel-Lebanon Border

Tony Badran

Last Thursday, Hezbollah organized a tour for journalists along the border with Israel, where the Iranian proxy highlighted the various topographical alterations the IDF has done near the border in preparation for a future war. more...

24th April 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Boost Military Ties Amid U.S. Action In Syria

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran and Russia are moving closer together in their military alliance, working to boost ties and coordination in Syria and elsewhere in the region following the U.S. decision to launch a military strike in Syria, according to regional reports and experts. more...

24th April 2017 – RealClearDefense

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last month it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines –Iran’s third-largest carrier – in a deal valued at around $3 billion. more...

23rd April 2017 – Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump team raises rhetoric against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration is stepping up its rhetoric against Iran even as it acknowledges the country is in compliance with a nuclear deal the president has long derided. more...

23rd April 2017 – Forbes

Tyrants And Their Hollow States

Michael Ledeen

Frankly, I’m surprised Erdogan had to settle for a photo-finish win at the wire. Not a great result for a would-be modern sultan who used all the tools of modern mass manipulation and intimidation during the “electoral campaign.” more...

21st April 2017 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments. more...

21st April 2017 – WINA 98.9 FM

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Senior Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu shares an update on Iran. more...

21st April 2017 – Quoted by James Rosen - Fox News

Iran: Group claims regime is ‘in full gear’ on covert work on nuclear weapons

Olli Heinonen

The White House responded cautiously Friday to claims by an Iranian dissident group alleging that Iran’s clandestine work on a nuclear weapon has continued unabated by the landmark nuclear deal that Tehran finalized with the Obama administration and five other world powers two years ago. more...

21st April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Presidential Election and the Role of Women

Tzvi Kahn

More than 130 women and nearly 1,500 men registered to run in the Iranian presidential election next month. But on Thursday, Iran’s Guardian Council – an unelected, 12-member body that screens candidates for loyalty to the regime’s Islamist ideology – rejected all of the women and allowed only six men to compete. Women’s exclusion from the presidency reflects their second-class role across the Islamic Republic, where they face a range of discriminatory laws. more...

21st April 2017 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iran on Notice

Mark Dubowitz

Last week the Trump administration sent a letter to House speaker Paul Ryan to certify that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump had called it the “worst deal ever negotiated" and promised it wouldn't stand if he made it to the White House. What gives? more...

20th April 2017 – AM 560

Chicago’s Morning Answer

Clifford D. May

FDD's President and Founder Clifford D. May discusses the threats of North Korea and Iran's nuclear programs. more...

20th April 2017 – WINA 98.9 FM

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the implications of Tillerson's message to Iran. more...

20th April 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Shots Fired as Iran Arrests Over 30 Gay Men in Violent Raid

Benjamin Weinthal

The Islamic Republic of Iran arrested more than 30 men suspected of being homosexuals at a private party last week in the Esfahan province, the prominent Canadian NGO Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees reported on Thursday. 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.