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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...

18th March 2015 – Quoted by Jonathan Tirone, Indira Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

Iran Centrifuge Test Was Error, Not Cheating, U.S. Officials Say

Mark Dubowitz

When nuclear monitors said Iran had started testing a single advanced centrifuge last year, some U.S. politicians and analysts jumped on the report as proof the Islamic Republic can’t be trusted. more...

16th March 2015 – The National Interest

A House Undivided: Israel’s New Consensus Politics

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israelis go to the polls on March 17, and in a time-honored tradition, international pundits are hoping for a political earthquake. This ballot, they say, will finally and completely determine whether Israel ever makes peace with the Palestinians, whether its inter-communal tension will devolve into civil war and whether it can stop an Iranian nuclear bomb before it is too late. more...

16th March 2015 – Fox Business Network

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on Saudi prince warnings against Iran nuclear deal, Ayatollah's anti-nuclear Fatwa, and the Netanyahu election more...

16th March 2015 – Quoted by The Algemeiner

Expert Fears White House Deliberately ‘Whitewashing’ Iran, Hezbollah Terror Threat

Clifford D. May

A recent US Intelligence report which appears to downplay the terrorist activities from Iran and its proxy groups has raised questions about what could have motivated the change from previous similar reports. more...

15th March 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Is Iran Playing the U.S. in the Nuclear Talks

Ali Alfoneh

Hiding in the standoff between President Obama and Congress over how to deal with international negotiations aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program is a very real concern: whether the United States is getting played by Tehran. more...

15th March 2015 – The National Interest

Obama’s Security Council Gambit

David B. Rivkin

The administration should eschew this path and accept what the Constitution requires – Senate approval of the treaty it is now negotiating. more...

15th March 2015 – CBS

CBS Evening News

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses aspects of a potential deal with Iran. more...

14th March 2015 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Crunch Time as Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State John F. Kerry flies to Switzerland on Sunday for the next round of talks over Iran’s nuclear program, amid soaring expectations that a historic agreement is imminent. more...

13th March 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Instructs U.S. to Bypass Congress on Deal, Go to U.N.

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian government is urging the United States to go straight to the United Nations to finalize any agreement reached in the coming weeks regarding Tehran’s contested nuclear program without seeking congressional approval. more...

13th March 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Iran Scheme is Laid Bare

Mark Dubowitz

We surmised yesterday that the Obama administration had the idea to go to the United Nations to pass by resolution what Congress would never agree to: a lifting of sanctions on Iran in exchange for a nearly worthless deal in which Iran would keep thousands of centrifuges and get a 10-year glide path to nuclear breakout. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), seeing what was afoot, demanded an explanation from the White House, calling such a scheme an “affront to the American people.” more...

13th March 2015 – Quoted by Jamila Trindle - Foreign Policy

Breaking Up Sanctions Is Hard to Do

Jonathan Schanzer

A historic nuclear deal with Iran is in sight, but unraveling the web of financial embargoes, asset freezes, and restricted oil sales won’t be easy. more...

12th March 2015 – Quoted by Hayes Brown - BuzzFeed

U.S. “Has No Intention” Of Using United Nations To Cement Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. has “no intention” of using the United Nations to lock into place any potential deal with Iran over its nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. more...

12th March 2015 – 105.1 WAVA - Baltimore, MD/Washington, DC

The Don Kroah Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his latest column for the Washington Times - "The Ayatollah in Winter." more...

12th March 2015 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

In Iran Nuclear Talks, It’s All in a Name

Mark Dubowitz

There are many words being bandied about to describe the deal likely to emerge from the world’s most talked-about diplomatic negotiations — the ones focused on Iran’s nuclear program. more...

11th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Fires Cruise Missile Through Sanctions Loophole

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iranian defense officials over the weekend announced the successful test-firing of the Soumar, a new and indigenously produced land-attack cruise missile. more...

11th March 2015 – The Washington Times

The Ayatollah in Winter

Clifford D. May

The Lord works in mysterious ways. That sentence does not appear in the Koran. Nor, actually, is it found in the Bible. But in recent days it has probably occurred to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader. 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.