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27th February 2017 – The Weekly Standard

The Face-Off

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump has promised a foreign policy of muscular retrenchment, in which a better-resourced U.S. military intimidates our enemies without serving as a global cop. More than any president since Richard Nixon, our new commander in chief sees virtue in brutal authoritarians, especially if they are fighting radical Islam. more...

24th February 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraq monument underscores Iranian commander’s role in Qods Force

Amir Toumaj

A monument dedicated to an Iranian general has been erected in Iraq for the first time in the country’s history. The landmark commemorates Hamid Taghavi (also known as “Abu Maryam”), a commander in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) extraterritorial branch the Qods Force, with Taghavi’s legacy highlighting the reach of Tehran’s influence in Iraq. more...

23rd February 2017 – Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

Iran Uses Palestinian Conference to Spotlight Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran has held its first conference in six years supporting Palestinian uprisings, a forum that it says drew hundreds of delegates from 80 countries, reflecting the country’s resurgent clout on the world stage. more...

18th February 2017 – Quoted by Nicolas Revise, Jonah Mandel - Agence France-Presse

Washington encourages Israel-Arab alliance against Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

With a new leader in the White House bent on disrupting the status quo, could it also be time for a fresh approach to Middle East peace? more...

17th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Financial Rebranding Efforts and the FATF Plenary

Toby Dershowitz

The Plenary and Working Group of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – a global body for combatting money laundering and terror and proliferation finance – will meet from February 18 to 24 in Paris. While Iran is not on the agenda, it could figure prominently in discussions at the gathering. more...

16th February 2017 – i24 News

Strictly Security

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the Iranian nuclear deal and possible policy options for the US going forward. more...

16th February 2017 – Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - Algemeiner

Trump’s Promise to Israel on Iran Could Indicate Shift in US Policy

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration’s promise to Israel this week that Iran will not be allowed to get “nuclear weapons capability” could indicate a US policy shift vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic, two Middle East experts assessed on Thursday. more...

15th February 2017 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran Is Terrified Trump Will Release Secret Nuclear Side Deals

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A senior Iranian lawmaker is worried that President Donald Trump may leak secret documents related to Iran’s nuclear program. more...

15th February 2017 – Fox News

Iran ramps up rhetoric against Trump

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the white house sending new message to Iran over their controversial nuclear program. more...

13th February 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

To Break the Moscow-Tehran Alliance, Target Iran’s Regime

Michael Ledeen

Want a deal with Vladimir Putin in the Middle East? Then start with the real questions: Are the Russians prepared to abandon Iran and Bashar Assad’s Syria? If so, what would it take to pull it off? more...

13th February 2017 – Briefing at the Open Debate of the United Nations Security Council

Nuclear Terrorism: Renewed Thinking for a Changing Landscape

Olli Heinonen

We all recognize that a nuclear accident anywhere is a nuclear accident everywhere. So are the ramifications from nuclear terrorism. We are fortunate that we have so far not experienced any acts of nuclear terrorism. more...

10th February 2017 – Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Lou Dobbs references FDD's recent ballistic missile memo. more...

9th February 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Since the Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the July 2015 announcement of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran has tested as many as 14 ballistic missiles. This number is based on aggregated open-source reporting,1 as no official government or United Nations numbers have been made available to the public. more...

9th February 2017 – Quoted by Chris Mitchell - CBN News

A New Dawn on the World Stage: How Trump Will Deal with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Just days after Donald Trump's inauguration, Iran launched a ballistic missile test, violating a U.N. resolution. A quick White House response showed Iran and the world it's not business as usual in Washington. more...

9th February 2017 – WINA 98.9FM

The Schilling Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on "terror" labels for the IRGC and Muslim Brotherhood. more...

9th February 2017 – Christian Broadcasting Network

News Watch

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on Tehran and US foreign policy in the Middle East. more...

9th February 2017 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

Trump’s Acting Treasury Secretary, an Obama Holdover, Helped Craft Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

As President Donald Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary continues to wait for Senate confirmation, an architect of the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal is currently running the agency. more...

8th February 2017 – Quoted by Felicia Schwartz, Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Weighs Terror Label on Iran Revolutionary Guard, Muslim Brotherhood

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Trump administration is considering executive actions that would designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential movement across the Middle East, as terrorist organizations, people familiar with the discussions said. more...

8th February 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s missile tests reveal weaknesses of UN Security Council Resolution

Olli Heinonen

Iran’s latest missile test on January 29 received a swift response, as warranted. The United Nations Security Council called for an emergency session, and on February 2, the U.S. Treasury imposed new sanctions on persons and entities involved with Tehran’s ballistic missile program. Iran responded equally swiftly. more...

8th February 2017 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter, Edward Stafford - The Algemeiner

Washington Finally Serious About Designating Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as Terrorists

On Friday, the US Treasury Department announced sanctions on a host of Iranian companies and individuals. It is a welcome development, which hopefully sends a signal to Tehran to rein in its global terror support, ballistic missile testing and oppression of its people. more...


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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.

13th August 2015 - 1:56 PM

Role of Sanctions in the Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Heritage Foundation hosted an event on August 13  to analyze the state of sanctions following the nuclear agreement with Iran. 

The event, Assessing the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Placing Sanctions in Context, focuses on the remaining sanctions architecture of the U.S. and E.U., the possibility of 'snapback sanctions' if Iran violates the deal, and explores alternatives to the agreement moving forward.