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13th December 2014 – Interviewed by Jonathan Weckerle - Jungle World (Germany)

Die US-Regierung hat versagt

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Saeed Ghaseminejad ist Publizist, politischer Analyst und unter anderem Fellow der Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Während seines Studiums in Teheran war er Mitgründer der studentischen Vereinigung »Iranian liberal students and graduates«. Er lebt heute in New York. Mit der Jungle World sprach er über das iranische Atomprogramm und die Iran-Politik der US-Regierung. more...

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

Can Congress stop a rotten Iran deal?

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, the sanctions guru at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, writes: "Lest we forget, Iran is at the negotiation table because Congress passed tough economic sanctions that hammered its economy, and many of them over the Obama administration’s objections. But Congress’ work is not done. It must ensure that Iran does not retain the essential elements of its nuclear infrastructure to develop a nuclear weapon and continue gaming the international community." more...

12th December 2014 – Forbes

North Korea and Iran: Partners in Cyber Warfare?

Claudia Rosett

North Korea has denied any involvement in the massive hacking attack last month on Sony Pictures Entertainment, and absent evidence clearly pinning the deed on Pyongyang, it may be fair to keep an open mind. more...

12th December 2014 – National Interest

Congress: The Last Line of Defense in the Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

Now that the United States, its allies and Iran have agreed again to extend nuclear negotiations, the onus is now on Congress to take on the responsibility of making Tehran pay for its continued nuclear intransigence. more...

12th December 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Supreme Censor

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

The evolution of Ali Khamenei from sensitive lover of Western literature to enforcer of Islamic revolutionary orthodoxy. more...

9th December 2014 – War on The Rocks

Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: A Troika of Realists

Behnam Ben Taleblu

There was once a different Iran. At its helm was not a mullah but a monarch — secular, allied with the West, and committed to his country’s development and modernization. more...

9th December 2014 – Syndicated

Secure Freedom Radio

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett discussing the relationship between North Korea and Iran. more...

5th December 2014 – Quoted by Jay Solomon and Peter Nicholas - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Talks Likely to Figure in Any Hillary Clinton 2016 Bid

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton has distanced herself from the Obama administration’s increasingly unpopular handling of international issues, including Syria and Russia. more...

5th December 2014 – Cited by Emily Cadei, Ozy

The Wonks Waging Financial War on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank, is small, nonpartisan and little known outside of Washington, D.C. So is its lead Iranian sanctions guru, Mark Dubowitz, a soft-spoken lawyer turned tech exec turned Middle East finance wonk. more...

4th December 2014 – CBN

CBN News

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz explains how Western negotiators have lost their leverage in the Iranian nuclear negotiations. more...

3rd December 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Rand Paul vs. Israel, Again

Mark Dubowitz

The Wall Street Journal reports that at the annual Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reaffirmed that he is the sole GOP potential 2016 contender to support White House national security adviser Susan Rice’s fear-mongering that new Iran sanctions would wreck the ongoing (critics say fruitless) negotiations with the P5+1, which was supposed to reach a final deal in six months. more...

3rd December 2014 – Quoted by Kira Zalan - ACAMS

Lawmakers Seeking Veto-Proof Passage of Iran Sanctions Measure

Emanuele Ottolenghi

U.S. lawmakers may soon have enough support to pass a veto-proof measure that would clear the way for sanctions against foreign banks that deal with blacklisted Iranian entities in foreign currencies. more...

3rd December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Speech After the JPOA Extension

Ali Alfoneh

Addressing high ranking members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Basij on Nov. 27, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed a few words of support for Iranian nuclear negotiators, and stressed: “I’m not opposed to extending the negotiations [by seven months with the P5+1], just as I did not oppose the very principle of negotiating.” more...

1st December 2014 – Cited by The Washington Examiner

Congress Should End Obama’s Dangerous Charade With Iran

On Dec. 10, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to make the case for a tentative six-month agreement reached with Iran a few weeks earlier over the radical Islamic regime’s nuclear program. more...

1st December 2014 – CRN Radio

Bill Martinez Live

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses the future of the Iran nuclear negotiations. more...

1st December 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Extending Extensions

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Predictably, President Barack Obama and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have decided to extend again the Joint Plan of Action, the interim nuclear deal they concluded in November 2013. more...

30th November 2014 – Real Clear World

Iran Extension Foreshadows a Bad Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The deadline for a nuclear deal came and went Monday with no agreement - just a seven-month extension of the interim agreement. Public comments by Western and Iranian officials, as well as media reports, suggest that enough progress has been made since Iran and the six world powers signed the interim agreement in Geneva last year to justify carrying on talking. more...

28th November 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Is the Price of Watermelons Relevant to Iran’s Nuclear Crisis?

Benjamin Weinthal

Experts weigh in on interplay between Iran’s wobbly economy and the possibility of settling the nuclear weapons crisis with the mullah regime. more...

28th November 2014 – The Jewish Chronicle

Why the Delay to the Iran Deal Weakens the West

Emanuele Ottolenghi

What can a few more months of negotiations achieve that 11 years, including the last 12 months of marathon talks, could not have done already? more...

26th November 2014 – POTUS - Sirius XM

The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi on the future of the Iranian nuclear negotiations. more...


Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq

Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow

Benjamin Weinthal

Research Fellow

Laura Grossman

Deputy Director for Research

Claudia Rosett


Timothy Wilson

Visiting Fellow


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.