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24th November 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

How the Obama Administration Has Already Caved to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The deadline for the Joint Plan of Action ended it seems without a final agreement between the P5+1 and Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. It’s not yet clear what happens next. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Rosie Gray - BuzzFeed

World Powers And Iran Fail To Agree on Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Six world powers and Iran failed to come to a final agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear program by the deadline on Monday, instead extending the talks to June 30 2015. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Here’s The Depressing Reason Why Iran May Have Rejected A Generous Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The nuclear negotiations between Iran and a US-led group of countries over Tehran's nuclear program have once again fallen short. more...

23rd November 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press. more...

23rd November 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Narcissism of Minor Differences Between the EU and US

Benjamin Weinthal

"The US as well as the main European players are ready to make major concessions on enrichment, as well as allowing Tehran to cover up its illegal weapons development.” more...

21st November 2014 – Westwood One

The Jim Bohannon Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the upcoming deadline of Iranian nuclear negotiations. more...

21st November 2014 – A conversation with Chuck Todd - NBC

Tweet The Press

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz participates in a Tweet The Press conversation with NBC’s Meet the Press moderator, Chuck Todd. more...

21st November 2014 – Quoted by Ali Weinberg - ABC News

3 Ways the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations Could End

Mark Dubowitz

With three days left until this round of talks on Iran's nuclear program concludes, the outcome appeared so uncertain today that Secretary of State John Kerry reversed his travel plans, first announcing that he would be leaving Vienna, where negotiators have huddled, for Paris, and a few hours later saying he'd actually be staying in the Austrian capital. more...

20th November 2014 – Cited by The Economist

The Pros and Cons of a SWIFT Response

Mark Dubowitz

IN 1973 global finance saw a back-room revolution when a group of banks formed a co-operative to offer those moving money across borders a slick alternative to the clunky old telex. more...

20th November 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi shares his suspicions of the Iran nuclear talks. more...

20th November 2014 – Quoted by Daniel Wiser - The Washington Free Beacon

Hayden: U.S. Intelligence Likely Could Not Detect Iranian Bomb

Mark Dubowitz

Former top George W. Bush administration official Gen. Michael Hayden said on Thursday that unless Iran provides the West with extensive access to its suspected nuclear facilities—a concession the Islamic regime has strenuously refused—U.S. intelligence agencies will be unable to detect its development of a bomb. more...

19th November 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

5 Reasons Why Iran Wants a Nuclear Deal, and May Fail

Mark Dubowitz

As Monday's deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program nears, here are five reasons Iran wants an agreement — and five barriers to an accord: more...

19th November 2014 – The Washington Times

Betting on Iran

Clifford D. May

Negotiations with Iran are set to conclude on Nov. 24th. What are the odds they will end with Iran’s rulers agreeing to verifiably dismantle their illicit nuclear weapons program? more...

18th November 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses his latest piece, "The Fantasy of the Deal." more...

18th November 2014 – Quoted by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil - The Times of Israel

On Iran Nuclear Deal, Down to the Wire in Vienna

Mark Dubowitz

With John Kerry waiting in the wings in London, any outcome is still possible in final week before deadline in negotiations on Tehran’s rogue program more...

18th November 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Fire Sale to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Wall Street Journal reports: “Iran hasn’t given the U.S. and Europe a clear signal that it is prepared to accept a major cut in its future enrichment capacity. more...

17th November 2014 – NPR/KCRW

To the Point

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses his oped with Mark Dubowitz, "Iran's Diplomatic Path to the Bomb." more...

16th November 2014 – Quoted by Kristina Wong - The Hill

GOP Poised to Dash Obama’s Iran Hopes

Mark Dubowitz

Republicans are flexing their muscles and threatening to block President Obama from cutting a nuclear deal with Iran on his own terms. more...

15th November 2014 – Quoted by Paul Richter - The Los Angeles Times

Iran Seeks Quick Relief from U.N. Sanctions in Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

The latest obstacle to the U.S. and five other nations finalizing a nuclear deal with Iran by this month's deadline is an unexpected new demand from Tehran for quick relief from United Nations sanctions. more...

14th November 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Caving to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

It's not clear when (or whether) the Obama White House will conclude a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program. 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.