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29th April 2015 – Business Insider

The Iranian ‘Deep State’ is Trying to Buy an Oil Refinery in Switzerland

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranians hit the streets earlier this month to celebrate a nuclear framework agreement that they hope will remove the international sanctions that have crippled their country’s economy for over a decade. more...

29th April 2015 – Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Alex Lawler - Reuters

Iran’s Oil Exports Rise in April After Framework Nuclear Accord

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's crude oil exports have risen in April following softer sales last month, helped by a framework nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and the possibility that Western sanctions could be lifted soon. more...

27th April 2015 – Quoted by Matthew J. Brodsky - The Jerusalem Post

Leveraging Sanctions With Iran

Having leaders already negotiated terms that would leave its entire nuclear-related infrastructure intact, Iran’s leaders shifted their focus to securing sanctions relief. Unfortunately, sanctions are America’s only insurance policy that Iran will keep up its end of the bargain – and even then it is dubious insurance at best. Absent a credible military threat, it constitutes the remaining leverage at Washington’s disposal. more...

17th April 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

James Baker Is Wrong: The Iran Deal Can’t Be Fixed

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Each day brings more evidence that the Iran framework is a farce. more...

17th April 2015 – FOX News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi comments on the implications of sanctions relief and Iranian attempts to subvert regional order. more...

15th April 2015 – The National Interest

Defrosted: Will German Firms Plunge Head First Into Iran?

Benjamin Weinthal

With a framework in place for addressing the Iran nuclear issue, Germany, a member of the P5+1 powers negotiating with Tehran, stands to reap an economic windfall. more...

13th April 2015 – Huffington Post

How to Keep the Financial Pressure on Iran and Its Proxies

Jonathan Schanzer

"...Our concerns will remain with respect to Iranian behavior so long as Iran continues its sponsorship of terrorism, its support for proxies who destabilize the Middle East, its threats against America's friends and allies -- like Israel," President Barack Obama said, immediately after lauding Washington's new nuclear framework agreement with Iran. more...

12th April 2015 – Quoted by Robert McFarlane - The Washington Times

The Means of Coercing Iran

Mark Dubowitz

How would the prospects for stability in the Middle East be affected if Iran were to succeed in its effort to become a nuclear power? In what ways might we expect Iran to behave differently? more...

10th April 2015 – Quoted by Nicole Gaudiano - USA Today

Sen. Menendez to Pivot From Bribery Case to Iran Bill

Mark Dubowitz

Embattled Sen. Robert Menendez will have a diminished role when he returns to the Senate next week. But he probably won't speak with a diminished voice when a key committee takes up his bill on Iran. more...

9th April 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Breaks Silence over Nuclear Framework

Ali Alfoneh, Behnam Ben Taleblu

There is “nothing to congratulate,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday, breaking his silence over a nuclear framework agreement signed with international negotiators a week earlier in Switzerland. more...

7th April 2015 – CCTV


Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses sanctions and the Iranian economy. more...

6th April 2015 – Quoted by Amir Paivar - BBC News

Iran nuclear deal has hungry investors circling

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A preliminary deal between Iran and world powers, which will see international sanctions lifted in return for Iranian curbs on its nuclear programme, has boosted the appetite for doing business in Iran at the earliest opportunity. more...

6th April 2015 – Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

Obama and the ‘Inevitable Critics’

Mark Dubowitz

‘So when you hear the inevitable critics of the deal sound off, ask them a simple question: Do you really think that this verifiable deal, if fully implemented, backed by the world’s major powers, is a worse option than the risk of another war in the Middle East?” more...

5th April 2015 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran nuclear agreement faces tough road ahead

Mark Dubowitz

The framework nuclear agreement announced Thursday between world powers and Iran sets the stage for Congress and foreign nations to try to change — or kill — a final deal. more...

4th April 2015 – Fox News

America’s News HQ

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses fate of Iran nuclear deal. more...

3rd April 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Negotiating Triumph Over Obama and America

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

President Obama believes that the nuclear “framework” concluded Friday in Switzerland is a historic achievement. Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, says he believes the same. Those two positions are incompatible. more...

3rd April 2015 – Quoted by Julie Hirschfeld Davis - The New York Times

With Iran Deal in Hand, White House Makes Sales Pitch to Preserve It

Mark Dubowitz

Even before President Obama strode into the Rose Garden on Thursday to announce a historic understanding to restrain Iran’s nuclear program, an elaborate White House salesmanship effort for the deal was underway. more...

2nd April 2015 – Washington Examiner

Iran nuclear deal an abject capitulation

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Iran nuclear deal announced Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, is an abject capitulation of Western interests and a sure pathway to a cascade of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. more...

1st April 2015 – CNN

CNN Newsroom

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on Iran talk extensions. more...

31st March 2015 – NPR

To The Point

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators in Switzerland are aiming for a political deal on Iran's nuclear program — enough agreement to allow time for technical details to be worked out by the end of June. We get a progress report. 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.