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30th March 2015 – Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire

Mark Dubowitz

The centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda is hanging in the balance Tuesday as negotiators struggle to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program. more...

30th March 2015 – Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

In Iran talks, failure is an option

Mark Dubowitz

Even if negotiators in Switzerland strike a partial agreement on Iran’s nuclear program ahead of a midnight deadline Tuesday, they can’t relax yet. more...

27th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran sanctions relief sparks growing trade with Europe, Asia

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran provides only “limited” financial relief to the Islamic Republic. more...

27th March 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

WSJ Live

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on U.S. concessions to Iran. more...

26th March 2015 – Standpoint Magazine

Fait Pas Accompli

Emanuele Ottolenghi

How bad is the nuclear deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran? The American public would not know the answer, had it not been for the speech that Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, delivered to a joint session of the US Congress on March 3. more...

26th March 2015 – Voice of America

Voice of America

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses sanctions on Iran and the ongoing nuclear negotiations. more...

26th March 2015 – Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on the Iran deal. more...

25th March 2015 – Business Insider

The Sanctions on Iran Are Already Falling Apart

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran gave Tehran’s economy only limited sanctions relief and that it can respond to Iranian misbehavior by snapping back sanctions at any time in. more...

24th March 2015 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Terrorism Provision in Iran Bill Draws Fire

Mark Dubowitz

A provision in the Senate bill to give Congress a say in any Iran deal is drawing fire from the left for appearing to conflate the country’s nuclear work with its support for terrorism. more...

24th March 2015 – Forbes

Lesson Of An Iran Sanctions Saga In Seoul

Claudia Rosett

If international sanctions on Iran are lifted pronto — a condition Iran is demanding as part of any nuclear deal — how hard might it be to reimpose them, in the likely event that Iran cheats? more...

24th March 2015 – FDD Press

Persian Truths and American Self-Deception

Persian Truths and American Self-Deception

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

A monograph exploring the personalities and motivations of three Iranian leaders who are currently deeply engaged in the Iranian nuclear negotiations with the United States. more...

24th March 2015 – National Review

Still Needed: Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

In December 2010, a Tunisian fruit-stand vendor set himself ablaze to protest the arbitrary closure of his business. Mohamed Bouazizi’s suicide sparked an upheaval in Tunisia that led to the gradual, if halting, emergence of democracy in that country. more...

24th March 2015 – Sirius XM Potus

Morning Briefing

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the ongoing nuclear talks with Iran on Sirius Radio more...

23rd March 2015 – Fox Business Network

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on the threats posed by Russia and Iran more...

21st March 2015 – Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the ongoing Iran nuclear talks. more...

20th March 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Produce the Fatwa

Thomas Joscelyn

In his annual statement marking the Persian new year, President Obama said he believes that Iran and the U.S. “should be able” to resolve the dispute over the mullahs’ nuclear program “peacefully, with diplomacy.” more...

20th March 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iranian Vulnerability

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Obama White House is enlisting all its allies to make its case for the bad nuclear deal with Iran that, say administration allies, is better than no deal. more...

19th March 2015 – Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

More Iran Oil May Flow Within Months of Deal, Officials Say

Mark Dubowitz

World powers have offered to suspend U.S. and European restrictions on Iranian oil exports, but only if the Islamic Republic accepts strict limits on its nuclear program for at least a decade, according to American and European officials. more...

18th March 2015 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Key to Nuclear Deal, an Enigma to Many

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator, presents a puzzle. To some, his flawless English and soft manner offer the picture of a pragmatist eager to bring his country back into the world community, trying to drag along a reluctant leadership at home. more...

18th March 2015 – The Washington Times

A Farewell to Arms Control Treaties

Clifford D. May

The philosopher Lily Tomlin used to say: “No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.” Has that ever been truer than it is in Washington right now? 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.