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3rd September 2014 – Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

NATO Plans New Military Outposts to Stop Putin—Just Don’t Call Them Bases

Mark Dubowitz

With Russian forces entering into Ukraine, NATO is putting together a plan to place the alliance’s troops in bases behind the former Iron Curtain. One U.S. official who was not authorized to speak to the press said the presence of U.S. troops inside these bases in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia would act as a “tripwire for Russia. If Putin considers any military action in these countries, they will know that they will be involving U.S. forces too.” more...

25th August 2014 – War On The Rocks

Don’t Forget Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Last month, the P5+1 and Iran arranged for an extension of Joint Plan of Action (JPOA), the interim nuclear deal that was agreed to in Geneva in late 2013 and implemented in January of this year. more...

17th August 2014 – Quoted by Jeremy Kahn - Bloomberg

Iran Lures Investors Seeing Nuclear Deal Ending Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

On a May afternoon in Tehran, a Russian in a dark suit sits in the crowded lobby cafe of the Espinas Persian Gulf International Hotel with his Farsi translator, sipping coffee with potential Iranian partners while discussing the price of soy fiber. more...

10th August 2014 – The Washington Post

Iran Ignores A Lucrative Deal Over Its Nuclear Activities

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Why hasn’t Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, agreed to the offer the West put on the table in Vienna last month in negotiations over the country’s nuclear activities? If he were simply motivated by economics, he certainly should have. more...

7th August 2014 – Quoted by Armin Rosen, Michael B. Kelley, and Hunter Walker - Business Insider

Russia And Iran Reportedly Signed A Huge Oil Deal — But No One Knows The Details

Mark Dubowitz

Iran and Russia may have just signed a major $20 billion oil deal, as reported by Russia's Itar-Tass, Iran's Fars News, and the Telegraph on Wednesday. more...

21st July 2014 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Ex-CIA Chief Says This Would Be the ‘Darkest Day’ for Iran and Russia

James Woolsey

Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Monday that alternative fuel is the only way to truly weaken Iran’s and Russia’s positions in the world. more...

21st July 2014 – Secure Freedom Radio

Secure Freedom Radio

Claudia Rosett

FDD's Journalist-in-Residence, Claudia Rosett, on the suspicious North Korean ship in the Gulf of Mexico, the downing of MH-17, and the extension of P5+1 negotiations. more...

21st July 2014 – Cited by Evan Moore - U.S. News

Force Iran to Make a Choice

The United States and other world powers extended the deadline to reach a comprehensive final agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program to November 24, 2014. more...

20th July 2014 – Quoted by Brett Logiurato & Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Obama Is Now Boxed In By The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is playing the long game in negotiations over its nuclear program. And it may have already boxed in U.S. President Barack Obama, with help from an increasingly tumultuous state of world affairs. more...

20th July 2014 – Quoted by Michael Wilner - Jerusalem Post

Israel Resigned to Four Months in Global Diplomatic Effort with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

As deal deadline passes, American officials promise to stay tough on Iran; Netanyahu prefers extension to bad deal, officials tell ‘Post,’ as White House says final accord ‘shaping up.’ more...

20th July 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Persian Nuclear Carpet Ride

Negotiating with Tehran is often compared to haggling in a Mideast bazaar, and after Friday's decision to extend talks over the country's nuclear program we're reminded why. In exchange for essentially no concessions, the mullahs were given $2.8 billion in hard cash to keep talking for another four months. more...

18th July 2014 – The National Interest

Time For A Strong U.S. Effort To Cripple the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Though a final deal over Iran’s nuclear program is unlikely to take shape in Vienna before Sunday’s self-imposed deadline, the U.S. should make it clear in the negotiations over an extension of the diplomatic talks that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps cannot stand to benefit from sanctions relief. more...

15th July 2014 – Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Tangible Progress Made in Iran Nuclear Talks, Kerry Says

Mark Dubowitz

Nuclear talks between Iran and six powers were set to extend past the July 20 target date as Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif cited significant progress Tuesday, while saying much work remains. more...

14th July 2014 – Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Thank Obama For Iran’s Growing Economy

Mark Dubowitz

The White House eased pressure on Tehran to get a preliminary nuclear deal. But Iran’s economy has bounced back fast, undercutting Western leverage as the talks’ deadline looms. more...

9th July 2014 – The Hill

How to Protect Against A Bad Deal With Iran

Michael Ledeen

Everything is coming up thorns for the Obama administration in the Middle East these days, and several of its policies seem to change daily. more...

9th July 2014 – Business Insider

European Courts Are Gutting Iran Sanctions Before A Nuclear Agreement Has Even Been Reached

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Negotiators working to solve the diplomatic impasse over Iran’s nuclear program have not yet managed to find common ground with Tehran. more...

8th July 2014 – Quoted by John Hudson & Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy

New Khamenei Demands Make Tough Iranian Nuke Talks Even Tougher

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has laid out an unusually detailed set of demands for what he would accept in a nuclear deal, further complicating the high-stakes efforts to reach an agreement before a July 20 deadline. more...

7th July 2014 – Interviewed by Tim Starks - CQ Roll Call

Five Questions With Mark Dubowitz on Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

INTERVIEW: Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish think tank, and a widely called-upon expert on sanctions and Iran’s nuclear program. more...

6th July 2014 – The Times of Israel

And The Reign Of Terror Continues

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In a recent public spat with his domestic political opponents, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani rebuked conservatives for their continued efforts to impose morality by force. more...

5th July 2014 – The Weekly Standard

The Man And The Myth

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

The many faces of Hassan Rouhani more...

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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? 

 

26th August 2014 - 11:45 AM

Polling the Iranian Street: A Look Inside the Prospects for Reform in Iran

The IMF reports that Iran is experiencing a modest economic recovery. While the Iranian regime has used the breathing space to build greater resiliency, the overall standard of living for the Iranian people is not improving. At the same time, the tempo of arrests and executions has increased, freedom of the press has been further curtailed, Green Movement leaders Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi remain in isolation, and public protests over Iranian involvement in Syria and Iraq have increased.


What does President Rouhani’s failure to improve economic conditions and human rights for average Iranians say about his political will and Iran’s capacity for meaningful reform? Is there still a significant domestic movement for real reform? What do these and other factors indicate for the strength and stability of the Iranian regime? How do these factors impact P5+1 negotiations and future U.S. policy towards Iran?