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12th November 2014 – Quoted by Joel Pollak - Breitbart

Iran Expert: Congress Can Defend Iran Sanctions From Obama

Mark Dubowitz

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Mark Dubowitz, an Iran expert and executive director of the nonpartisan Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that Congress has tools at its disposal to resist efforts by the Obama administration to circumvent the legislature and lift sanctions on Iran as part of a nuclear deal currently being negotiated before a November 24 deadline. more...

12th November 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Escapes Isolation; Obama Frantic for a Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Just when you think things can’t get any worse in the P5+1 talks, along comes this news. more...

12th November 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Diplomatic Path to the Bomb

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Let’s assume the Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna fail to conclude a final agreement by Nov. 24, the already extended deadline under the interim Joint Plan of Action signed in January. more...

11th November 2014 – Cited by the Tower

Sanctions Expert: Iran Cheats “Incrementally” to “Eat Up Time” and Avoid Consequences

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

For an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens interviewed Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, on Iran’s strategy for evading the consequences of violating its nuclear agreements. more...

11th November 2014 – Quoted by Terry Atlas and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Netanyahu Seeks More Iran Sanctions Over a Bad Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that Israel won’t rush to attack Iran if the international negotiations to curtail the country’s nuclear program don’t reach a deal by a Nov. 24 deadline. more...

11th November 2014 – Quoted by Michael Crowley and Burgess Everett - Politico

Preemptive Strike

Mark Dubowitz

Two weeks before a crucial diplomatic deadline, newly victorious Republicans in Congress are plotting to derail one of Barack Obama’s few remaining chances for a second-term policy legacy: a nuclear deal with Iran. more...

10th November 2014 – Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

If Iran Says ‘Yes’

Mark Dubowitz

I am on record predicting that a nuclear deal with Iran will founder on the opposition of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. more...

10th November 2014 – AFR - Syndicated

Sandy Rios in the Morning

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses the potential consequences of President Obama's Iran strategy. more...

7th November 2014 – Forbes

Iran Nuclear Talks and North Korean Flashbacks

Claudia Rosett

With the Iran nuclear talks nearing a Nov. 24 deadline for a deal, U.S. chief negotiator Wendy Sherman is under pressure to bring almost a year of bargaining to fruition. more...

6th November 2014 – Cited by Arash Karami - Al-Monitor

Some in Iran Worry Republican Victory Could Derail Talks

Mark Dubowitz

In the midterm elections Nov. 4, Republicans took back control of the Senate from the Democrats, giving them full control of Congress with just two years left in office for President Barack Obama. more...

6th November 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Quietly Fearful of Republican Takeover of Congress

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian leaders are quietly expressing fear about the Republican takeover of Congress Tuesday night, with many conveying concerns that Tehran has lost a key bloc of U.S. Democrats who wanted to roll back economic sanctions and hand Iran a favorable nuclear deal, according to an internal CIA analysis and Farsi language reports. more...

5th November 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Midterms Change the Iran Equation

Mark Dubowitz

News reports tell us: “The Obama administration has agreed to allow Iran to operate 6,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium, up from a proposed ceiling of 4,000 reported two weeks ago, as part of negotiations for a nuclear deal, according to a website approved by the Iranian government. . . . Skeptics of a potential deal, including many U.S. lawmakers and Israel, worry that the administration may be too lenient in allowing Iran to keep centrifuges.” more...

5th November 2014 – Quoted by Ivan Couronne - Agence France-Presse

New Republican Congress Could Counter Obama on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

After the election drubbing suffered by his Democrats, President Barack Obama will face a Republican-controlled Congress critical of his foreign policy -- and which could rebel against any eventual Iran nuclear accord. more...

5th November 2014 – Quoted by John Hudson - Foreign Policy

Five Republicans Who Will Dominate on Foreign Policy in the Next Congress

Mark Dubowitz

The Republican wave that ripped through a series of House and Senate races on Tuesday will usher in a handful of new lawmakers whose voices will definitely be heard on U.S. foreign policy and national security issues in the fourth quarter of President Barack Obama's tenure. more...

5th November 2014 – Quoted by Armin Rosen, Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama’s Biggest Foreign Goal Just Got Vastly Harder

Mark Dubowitz

Tuesday's wave of Republican congressional victories sets up a potential showdown over perhaps the biggest foreign-policy initiative of President Barack Obama's second term, an effort that one of his top advisers has likened to Obamacare in its importance: the pursuit of a final nuclear agreement with Iran. more...

4th November 2014 – Quoted by Golnaz Esfandiari - Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty

Iran’s Culture Ministry Defends ‘Successful’ U.S. Presence

Ali Alfoneh

Iran's Culture Ministry has defended the "successful presence" of an Iranian delegation in an October 28 conference in Pittsburgh that was reportedly also attended by State Department official Greg Sullivan. more...

31st October 2014 – National Review Online

Treating Our Friends Like Enemies

Benjamin Weinthal

The Obama administration’s foreign policy provides a kind of porcelain alliance for America’s allies across the world. more...

31st October 2014 – Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

State Dept., Iran Officials Meet at Pittsburgh Business Forum

Ali Alfoneh

A delegation of Iranian officials paid a quiet visit to the United States this week to meet with corporate leaders and a senior State Department representative at a business forum in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. more...

31st October 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry Sounds Sensible on Iran?!

Mark Dubowitz

In an interview on Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, for the first time, something reassuring about the Iran “P5+1″ talks. more...

29th October 2014 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

An Iran Deal in Which Both Sides Can Claim Victory

Mark Dubowitz

Is the Obama administration preparing the ground for an Iran nuclear deal — one in which both sides can claim victory? 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?