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23rd May 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Has Iran Exceeded JPOA Oil Export Limits?

Timothy Wilson

Iran’s crude oil supertankers are likely exporting more oil than planned and agreed upon under the Joint Plan Of Action (JPOA). more...

22nd May 2014 – The National Interest

Iran: The Psychology of Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Despite the current impasse in negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over the fate of its once-clandestine military-nuclear program, U.S. officials remain hopeful that a final accord is within reach. more...

20th May 2014 – The New Yorker

The Adversary: Is Iran’s nuclear negotiator, Javad Zarif, for real?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

September 4th of last year, shortly after Javad Zarif was named Iran’s foreign minister, a new Twitter account with the handle @JZarif posted its first tweet... more...

15th May 2014 – Quoted by Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

Hillary Clinton Celebrates the Iran Sanctions That Her State Department Tried to Stop

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton is now claiming to be the architect of crippling sanctions on the Iranian economy. But during her tenure at Secretary of... more...

15th May 2014 – Quoted by Ali Weinberg, ABC News

Hillary Revising History of Her Iran Sanctions Role, Senator Claims

Mark Dubowitz

One Republican senator accused Hillary Clinton of exaggerating her role in imposing sanctions on Iran when she was Secretary of State... more...

15th May 2014 – Quoted by Alex Lawler and Jonathan Saul, Reuters

Iran’s April Oil Exports Fall Closer to West’s Sanctions Cap

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's oil exports dropped for a second month in April, the International Energy Agency said, moving closer to levels allowed by November's... more...

15th May 2014 – FDD Iran Sanctions Analysis

New Sentiment Indicator Shows Positive Impact of Sanctions Relief on Iran’s Economy

Mark Dubowitz

With P5+1 negotiators back in Vienna trying to hammer out a nuclear deal with Iran, a new quantitative indicator developed by Roubini Global Economics working... more...

14th May 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA TODAY

Iran Nuclear Deal May Leave Program in Place, Say Analysts

Mark Dubowitz

The emerging deal with Iran over its disputed nuclear program appears headed toward limiting the time it would take the Islamic republic... more...

14th May 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Isn’t Complying with the Interim Deal

Mark Dubowitz

A fundamental requirement of the interim deal — Iran’s cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency personnel — is not being fulfilled. The White House’s... more...

12th May 2014 – The National Interest

No Such Thing As a Good Iranian Bank?

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

With a new round of talks underway this week in Vienna, American officials are brimming with optimism concerning the possibility of a nuclear deal by the summer. more...

9th May 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Ominous Nuclear Infographic

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Prior to the technical negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program that took place in New York this week, the office of Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, released... more...

8th May 2014 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Iranian nuclear deal. more...

6th May 2014 – The Washington Times

Obama’s Plan for Iran

Clifford D. May

Iran’s rulers brutalize their own citizens, sponsor terrorism on several continents, and openly vow “Death to America!” They are determined to acquire the ability to... more...

2nd May 2014 – VOA Persia

News Update

Jonathan Schanzer

Sanctions against Iran. more...

2nd May 2014 – C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz and Carla Anne Robbins spoke about the effectiveness of sanctions as a tool of foreign, diplomatic, and national security... more...

29th April 2014 – Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Alex Lawler, Reuters

Iran’s Oil Exports Fall in April, Closer to Western Limits

Timothy Wilson

Iran's oil exports fell in April for a second month, according to sources who track tanker movements, moving closer to levels allowed... more...

29th April 2014 – Quoted by Rick Gladstone, The New York Times

U.S. Announces Actions to Enforce Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The United States government escalated enforcement of its Iran sanctions on Tuesday, adding eight Chinese companies, a Dubai... more...

25th April 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Holocaust Denial and the Iranian Regime

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Well, we know that there's at least one person who won't be marking Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday. "Observe that no one in Europe dares to speak about... more...

17th April 2014 – Forbes

North Korea’s Nuclear Fallout

Claudia Rosett

For a rogue state under international sanctions, what is the penalty for threatening to carry out an illicit nuclear test? As North Korea is demonstrating, and Iran... more...

15th April 2014 – Quoted by Today's Zaman

Dubai May Be a Hub for Turkey and Iran’s Illicit Transactions

Jonathan Schanzer

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington-based think tank, has claimed in a policy brief issued on Monday that Dubai may have turned into... more...


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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?

17th July 2014 - 11:45 AM

High Standards and High Stakes: Defining Terms of an Acceptable Iran Nuclear Deal

As the P5+1 approaches the July 20th deadline for a final Iran nuclear deal, what standards should Congress seek in an acceptable agreement? And what are the stakes for the United States and its allies? Join BPC, FPI, and FDD for a public forum on these and other questions featuring Members of Congress and experts.