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11th March 2015 – Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Examiner

Obama’s Unilateral Actions Could Doom Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama's plan to use executive actions and national security waivers to suspend sanctions on Iran are becoming the next battleground in his quest for a nuclear deal — and the virtually unprecedented move could end up sinking the deal. more...

10th March 2015 – Quoted by Neil Munro - The Daily Caller

Obama: GOP Wants To Ally With Iranian ‘Hardliners’

Jonathan Schanzer

President Barack Obama said Monday afternoon that Republican legislators want to ally with “the hardliners in Iran” who supposedly don’t want a nuclear agreement with the U.S. more...

10th March 2015 – Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on Senators' letter to Iranian leaders on the Islamic Republic's enrichment program. more...

10th March 2015 – Quoted by Stephen Collinson - CNN

GOP Warns Iran, and White House

Mark Dubowitz

The GOP is so committed to thwarting President Barack Obama's deal-making with Iran that it resorted to a tactic it has long condemned him for using -- writing a letter to Tehran. more...

9th March 2015 – Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Iran Nuclear Deadline Likely to Slip

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators trying to strike a nuclear deal with Iran believe they may soon reach a framework agreement — but probably not before a March 24 deadline for Congressional action that threatens to blow up the talks. more...

9th March 2015 – Quoted by Peter Foster - The Telegraph

Future President Could Revoke Barack Obama’s Nuclear Deal with Iran, Republicans Warn

Mark Dubowitz

As negotiations for a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme reach critical stage, Senate Republicans warn Obama administration can only waive sanctions temporarily. more...

5th March 2015 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The Obama Administration’s Response to Netanyahu is Premised on One Very Shaky Assumption

Mark Dubowitz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday has had no effect on the ongoing negotiations over the Iranian nuclear agreement in Geneva, at least according to Iranian Foreign Minster Javad Zarif. more...

5th March 2015 – Foreign Policy

The Sun Sets on a Good Iran Deal

John Hannah

There’s so much wrong with the emerging Iran nuclear deal that it’s hard to know where to begin. more...

5th March 2015 – Cited by the Tower

Fact Check: The President’s Misleading Charge About Sanctions Relief

In an interview with Reuters on Monday ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama attempted to undermine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s credibility on the Iranian issue by saying that Netanyahu had made inaccurate statements about the outcomes of negotiations. more...

4th March 2015 – The Washington Times

The Dubious Deal of the Century

Clifford D. May

Remember when President Obama said that to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, he would keep all options “on the table”? more...

3rd March 2015 – WBTN AM 570 - Tampa Bay, FL

The Bill Bunkley Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi on state of the Iranian nuclear negotiations and Netanyahu's speech to Congress. more...

3rd March 2015 – Fox Business Network

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer shares his reaction to Netanyahu's speech before Congress. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Julie Hirschfeld David, Michael D. Shear - The New York Times

Netanyahu Speech Raises Burden for Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama’s task of selling a potential nuclear agreement with Iran to a skeptical Congress became far harder on Tuesday after an impassioned speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to lawmakers already nervous about the deal. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Lora Moftah - International Business Times

Iran’s Government Tries To Capitalize On Netanyahu Speech Tensions For Domestic Political Boost

Ali Alfoneh

Iran has closely watched the controversy that erupted around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday speech to Congress, with political factions in the country vying to capitalize on the tensions between Israel’s government and the administration of President Barack Obama. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Bryan Bender, Matt Viser - The Boston Globe

John Kerry’s Iran Diplomacy in Cross Hairs of Partisan Battle

Mark Dubowitz

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks a joint session of Congress Tuesday to take a tougher stance against Iran, perhaps no American official will have more on the line — personally and professionally — than Secretary of State John F. Kerry. more...

2nd March 2015 – The Washington Times

When Iran Goes Nuclear

James Woolsey

Our attention these days with regard to security is understandably riveted on the Islamic State, or ISIS, and its hideous decapitations, rapes and live immolations. more...

2nd March 2015 – Cited by Mike Fegelman - National Post

Don’t Trust Tehran

In the path towards a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, the devil will certainly be in the details. more...

2nd March 2015 – Quoted by Jacob Kamaras - JNS

Deal or No Deal? Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Hovers Over AIPAC Conference

Ali Alfoneh

As 16,000 people gathered for the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference from March 1-3, much attention was transfixed three weeks ahead on the calendar. more...

28th February 2015 – CNN International

Erin Burnett OutFront

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Prime Minister Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress. more...

27th February 2015 – The Weekly Standard

New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden’s Secret Ties With Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in an al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. And prosecutors say the documents are essential for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s plotting. 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.