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27th January 2015 – FDD Press

The Case for Deadline -Triggered Sanctions on Iran

The Case for Deadline -Triggered Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler , Juan Zarate

Deadline-triggered sanctions are a strategic necessity to make it clear to Iran the consequences of its unwillingness to reach a timely and acceptable nuclear compromise. more...

27th January 2015 – The National Interest

How Iran Views the P5+1 Nuke Talks

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Ahead of the June 30 deadline for a comprehensive nuclear accord with Iran, international negotiators remain puzzled by two questions: “What does Tehran want, and what will it settle for?” more...

27th January 2015 – The National Interest

Cheap Oil Won’t Stop Iran

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

As President Obama made clear in his State of Union address on Tuesday, U.S. officials are reasonably confident that they have Iran just where they want it. more...

26th January 2015 – US News and World Report

Iran’s Glitter Isn’t Gold

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since obtaining sanctions relief from the West under a twice-extended interim nuclear agreement, Iran has touted the steady stream of visiting trade and political delegations to Tehran. more...

26th January 2015 – National Review Online

Iran’s Revolutionary Aggression and the Arc of Terrorism

Benjamin Weinthal

With a new ferocity, the last few days have once again made clear that Iran’s revolutionary aggression knows no bounds. more...

24th January 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Succession in Saudi; Tehran Triangulates

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and former president, Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani quickly offered their condolences. more...

24th January 2015 – 710 KNUS - Denver, CO

The Craig Silverman Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May speaks with Craig Silverman about Iran sanctions, PM Netanyahu's upcoming visit to the US, and the circumstances surrounding the death of Alberto Nisman. more...

23rd January 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Administration in Panic Over Sanctions Bill?

Jonathan Schanzer

An Israel news report tells us: A senior Israeli official delivered an uncommonly harsh attack on US President Barack Obama’s administration Thursday evening, following the American report that alleged that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo had warned US senators against further Iran sanctions, in contradiction of Israel’s official stance. more...

22nd January 2015 – Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

David Cameron’s Iran Lobbying Effort Fails to Sway Republicans

Mark Dubowitz

David Cameron appears to have failed in his effort to personally lobby US senators on Iran, with one Republican saying the prime minister's intervention into American politics was "not a productive move". more...

21st January 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Sen. Mark Kirk Slams Obama Plan to Release $11.9B to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million in cash assets to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June, according to figures provided by the State Department. more...

21st January 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Unanimity at Last: Obama is Delusional on Foreign Policy

Mark Dubowitz

If there is one thing the right and left, Democrats and Republicans, politicians and experts could all agree on, it was that President Obama’s take on the world is shockingly delusional. The most common question seems to be: Could he believe what he was saying? more...

21st January 2015 – Quoted by Yasmeen Sami Alamiri - Al Arabiya

President Obama’s State of the Union Reflects ‘Strong’ America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Seemingly defiant, President Obama addressed joint members of Congress Tuesday evening, declaring: “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” more...

21st January 2015 – Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz shares his reaction to President Obama's veto threat on Iran sanctions legislation. more...

21st January 2015 – VOA Persian


Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh participates in a round table discussion about President Obama's 2015 State of the Union. more...

21st January 2015 – The Washington Times

The Case for Deadline-Triggered Sanctions

Clifford D. May

Experienced negotiators know this: The side most willing to walk away from the table generally wins. more...

20th January 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

How Congress Can Use Its Leverage on Iran

David B. Rivkin

Nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S. recommenced Jan. 14, ahead of full international talks with senior officials from the U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany two days later. more...

20th January 2015 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Senate Iran Sanctions Bill Delayed Over Lack of Democratic Support

Mark Dubowitz

A Senate committee markup of draft legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran scheduled for Thursday has been postponed for a week because the bill is not attracting as much Democratic support as expected, according to experts closely following the issue. more...

20th January 2015 – POTUS - Sirius XM

The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran sanctions and the Menendez-Kirk bill more...

20th January 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Waning Public Support for Tehran’s Nuclear Aspirations

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s regime is at odds with itself over the costs and benefits of its controversial nuclear program. more...

19th January 2015 –

DefCon 3

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen on the future of US-Iran nuclear negotiations. more...


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2nd December 2014 - 12:00 PM

Extended Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: An Oil Market Perspective

The latest round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran resulted in a decision to extend negotiations until July 1, 2015. Given today’s low oil prices and glut in global oil supplies, the panel discussion will focus on how current market dynamics contribute to ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program

20th November 2014 - 9:30 AM

Looming Deadline and Unanswered Questions: What’s Next for the P5+1 and Iran?

With the JPOA deadline for the negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran rapidly approaching, what questions remain unanswered and what next steps should Congress be considering in response to any scenario?

The in-depth discussion will feature remarks by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL); and a conversation with Amb. Eric Edelman;  former Deputy Director General of the IAEA, Olli Heinonen; former senior advisor on Iran at the Department of State, Dr. Ray Takeyh; and FDD Executive Director and sanctions expert, Mark Dubowitz. BPC Foreign Policy Project Director Blaise Misztal will moderate the discussion.

These speakers will address, among other topics, the “check list” by which any deal should be judged; what role Congress can and should play in the final days before the deadline; how sanctions enforcement and smart relief can be structured to best strengthen a deal or enhance negotiation leverage in the case of any extension.