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

Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon. more...

23rd October 2014 – Quoted by Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

Hawks on the Hunt: GOP Pounces on Obama Foreign Policy Flubs for Poll Edge

Clifford D. May

Republicans are putting President Obama’s foreign policy on the ballot this year, and with the GOP poised to make big gains, including possibly capturing control of the Senate, the White House will see more constraints on its policies toward Ukraine, Iran and the Islamic State terrorists. more...

23rd October 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Book Review: Dancing With the Iranian Devil

Benjamin Weinthal

Since 1984, when Germany’s foreign minister engaged Iran in ‘critical dialogue,’ the policy of ‘change through trade’ has informed Europe’s interactions with the Middle Eastern country. more...

21st October 2014 – The National Interest

A Revival of Sanctions: How to Get Iran to Compromise on a Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The sanctions relief provided by the Obama administration has helped the Iranian economy to the point where Iran doesn't see a need to make concessions on a nuclear deal. Time to increase pressure on Tehran. more...

21st October 2014 – Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama Might Try To Circumvent Congress On An Iran Deal — And He’s Already Getting An Earful

Mark Dubowitz

Anonymous Obama administration officials suggested that US President Barack Obama might try to circumvent Congress on approval of any deal with Iran on its nuclear program, prompting bipartisan backlash from members of Congress and from pundits. more...

20th October 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Are EU Sanctions Against Iran Beginning to Evaporate?

Benjamin Weinthal

The first Europe-Iran Forum, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday in London, stated its goal as “preparing post-sanctions investment and trade.” more...

19th October 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Chasing a Bad Deal With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Reporting on the “P5+1″ talks over the last month or so suggests the administration is trying one gambit after another in a desperate attempt to strike a deal by the Nov. 24 deadline, which was extended from July 20. more...

16th October 2014 – AM 560 - Chicago, IL

John Howell and Amy Jacobson

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on US missteps during the Iran nuclear talks. more...

15th October 2014 – The Montreal Gazette

Canada Should Think Twice Before Re-Engaging With Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Sheryl Saperia

In a recent op-ed, Sergio Marchi and Ken Lewis assert that Canadian government and industry should be preparing to re-engage with Iran. Iran’s economic landscape, they suggest, requires significant foreign investment, and Canada should oblige (“Iran wants to re-engage, Canada should start preparing” Opinion, Sept. 15). more...

15th October 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-China-Russia Triangle

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A wave of U.S. and EU financial sanctions aimed at Russia following its annexation of Crimea in the summer of 2014 have brought Russia and Iran closer. However, Russia is not the only economy that Iran is sounding out for closer ties. more...

14th October 2014 – The Hill

What We Don’t Know, and Why

Michael Ledeen

There's a lot we don't know, but ignorance is no obstacle to strong convictions. Ignorance comes to us easily, in part because lots of things are unknowable, in part because we're lazy and it's so much easier to avoid the hard labor of thinking and in part because some information is very annoying, and we'd rather ignore it. more...

14th October 2014 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran Executions Surge Amid U.S. Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s abuse of human rights, including the hangings of hundreds of dubiously convicted citizens — in several cases minors — has soared over the past year, even as the Obama administration has yielded to Tehran’s demand for an extension in precarious international talks over the Islamic republic’s disputed nuclear program. more...

13th October 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses renewed Iran nuclear talks. more...

12th October 2014 – Quoted by Sohrab Ahmari - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Gears Up to Open for Business

Next month marks the anniversary of the Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear-weapons program. more...

10th October 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Expanding Nuclear Redlines

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is at it again. more...

10th October 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Did Israel Sabotage Iran’s Illicit Nuclear Facilities at Parchin?

Tony Badran

Experts continue to debate whether the explosion at an Iranian military base at Parchin earlier in the week was an act of sabotage. more...

9th October 2014 – Quoted by Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Column One: Bringing Happiness to Iran

Michael Ledeen

It is still unclear what happened on Sunday night at Iran’s illicit nuclear installation at Parchin. According to Iranian sources, there was a large explosion that rocked the area within a 15-km. radius of the facility. Two people were reportedly injured. more...

7th October 2014 – The Jewish Chronicle

Soon, Only Obstacle to an Iranian Bomb Will Be the Israeli Air Force

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the November 24 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, there is no sign of an agreement. more...

7th October 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Sanctions Relief Backfires, Benefitting the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

Sanctions relief, according to the White House and supporters of the current negotiating strategy with Iran, empowers the pragmatic and allegedly moderate camp in Tehran, which in turn paves the path for a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis. more...

6th October 2014 – Cited by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Explosion at Iran Nuke Site Kills Two, Iran Says

A large explosion near a suspected nuclear site in Iran has reportedly killed two people and prompted speculation of sabotage at a military site long suspected of housing Tehran’s clandestine nuclear activities, according Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO), which operates under the country’s Ministry of Defense. more...

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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.

30th September 2014 - 12:00 PM

Are We Heading Towards a Bad Deal with Iran?

Join BPC, FPI, and FDD for a conversation with David Albright, Mark Dubowitz, Olli Heinonen and Ray Takeyh, moderated by Chris Griffin

President Obama and the P5+1 negotiators have repeatedly stated that when it comes to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, “no deal is better than a bad deal.” But are the negotiations heading towards a bad deal?