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5th March 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

What the Iranian Arms Shipment Means

Mark Dubowitz

Yesterday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went to great lengths to emphasize the nature of the Iranian regime and its true intentions. more...

5th March 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Congress Can Play a Vital Role in the Iran Talks

David B. Rivkin

The Obama administration on Feb. 20 began negotiations for a permanent deal to stop Iran's nuclear-weapons program. There are reasons to worry about where... more...

3rd March 2014 – National Review Online

College Campus Gives Iran Nuke Thug Hero’s Welcome

Claudia Rosett

Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator, did not take questions from the international press while in Vienna last month for nuclear talks. more...

3rd March 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Beyond Nuclear: The Threat of Iranian Terrorism

Sheryl Saperia

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have dominated headlines worldwide. With the debate inundated with references to break-out times, heavy-water plants... more...

28th February 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Iran Advancing Its Nuclear Program Despite Pact with West

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is moving ahead with a nuclear program that U.S. officials said would be frozen, and it is now clear the USA and other world powers are willing to accept... more...

28th February 2014 – Quoted by Tim Starks, CQ Roll Call

GOP May Not Get New Iran Sanctions, But Push Won’t Disappear

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid have been able to hold off congressional action on Iran so far, but the issue is not going away... more...

27th February 2014 – Quoted by Jonathan Saul, Reuters

Iran’s Oil Fleet Looks to Come in From Cold as Exports Pick Up

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's oil tanker fleet is gearing up for more business, with some vessels taking to the high seas after over more than a year at home ports, another sign that an easing... more...

26th February 2014 – Quoted by Benny Avni, Newsweek

Obama No Longer Wants America to Depose Tyrants

Mark Dubowitz

What ever happened to regime change? In President Obama’s Washington, officials often say that a leader of this or that country has lost “legitimacy.” They coordinate... more...

25th February 2014 – Quoted by David Kashi, International Business Times

Turkish Courts Return $4.5 Million to Accused ‘Cash-For-Gold’ Suspect

Mark Dubowitz

In a surprising decision, Turkish courts have returned the $4.5 million in cash that authorities found in shoe boxes during a Dec. 17 raid on the home of the former... more...

25th February 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Pentagon Contractors Exploring Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Multiple companies currently exploring new business ventures in Iran are also cashing in on highly lucrative contracts with the U.S. Defense Department, raising... more...

21st February 2014 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg

Rouhani Away From Nuclear Glare Can’t Move Domestic Agenda

Ali Alfoneh

Away from the glare of the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, President Hassan Rouhani has endured a series of setbacks and retreats on his domestic... more...

20th February 2014 – Forbes

Iran Nuclear Charades in Vienna

Claudia Rosett

Were sheer diplomatic toil a guarantee of success in the Iran nuclear talks, then the latest round, held this week in the Austrian capital, might count as an achievement. more...

20th February 2014 – Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Ladane Nasseri and Jonathan Tirone, Bloomberg

Iran Talks Set Five-Month Plan for Race to Final Nuclear Accord

Mark Dubowitz

Iran and world powers set a schedule for five months of negotiations in a race to agree on a definitive nuclear accord before their interim deal expires in July. more...

20th February 2014 – Quoted by Ali Weinberg, ABC News

Turkey Should Come Under Scrutiny for Dealings With Iran, Says Think Tank

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkey could become a major problem for the Obama administration if it continues to turn a blind eye to the country’s shady financing deals, an influential foreign... more...

19th February 2014 – Quoted by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, Times of Israel

Washington Critics Sound Alarm as Iran Talks Resume

Mark Dubowitz

As a first round of talks toward a long-term comprehensive nuclear agreement between the P5+1 states and Iran began Tuesday, critics warned that the Vienna... more...

18th February 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA Today

Nuclear Talks with Iran Headed for Collision in Austria

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iranian and U.S. negotiators began meeting Tuesday for a new round of talks over a nuclear program that Iranian leaders are vowing to keep despite a threat... more...

18th February 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Bait-and-Switch

Mark Dubowitz

The administration, just a couple months after promising up one side and down another that it could within six months reach a final deal with the Iranians, is now openly... more...

18th February 2014 – Quoted by David Kashi, International Business Times

Turkish Companies See New Business Opportunities In Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Ankara and Tehran may disagree over the Syrian conflict, but the two governments recognize opportunities for increasing trade between their countries in the wake... more...

16th February 2014 – Quoted by Jeff Seldin, VOA News

Iran, World Powers Focus In on Final Deal

Mark Dubowitz

International diplomacy with Iran over its controversial nuclear program enters a thorny phase as on Tuesday when negotiators from Iran and six world powers... more...

13th February 2014 – Quoted by Keith Johnson and Jamila Trindle, Foreign Policy

Iran’s Black Gold

Mark Dubowitz

Exports of Iranian crude oil jumped in January, raising concerns that the sanctions relief included in the interim nuclear agreement between Western countries and Tehran... 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.