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20th October 2017 – Fox News

Iran accused of trying to develop nuclear-tipped missiles

Benjamin Weinthal

German security officials accused Tehran of trying to develop nuclear-tipped missiles on the same day President Trump decertified the Iran nuclear deal. more...

20th October 2017 – FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Implications of the New IRGC Sanctions

Annie Fixler

The U.S. Treasury designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under Executive Order 13224 for its support for terrorism last Friday, pursuant to Congressional legislation. While the immediate legal implications are limited, the designation of the IRGC in its entirely sends a chilling message to companies doing business in Iran. more...

18th October 2017 – The Washington Times

Trump’s third way

Clifford D. May

President Trump made a tough call last week. European diplomats and an “echo chamber” in the mainstream media were insisting he “recertify” the nuclear weapons deal his predecessor concluded with Iran’s rulers in 2015. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard threatens the US over terrorism designation

Amir Toumaj

Before President Donald Trump levied a terrorism designation against Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC and the Islamic Republic threatened the US over the move. One senior Iranian official initially called it a "declaration of war" and then he tampered it down. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

CJTF-OIR: Kirkuk a ‘misunderstanding’ attributed to ‘limited visibility conditions’

Bill Roggio

CJTF-OIR made the statement despite the fact that it was abundantly obvious that the Iraqi government sought to seize Kirkuk from the Kurdish Peshmerga, and had signaled its intentions days before. more...

16th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iraqi forces recapture contentious Kirkuk in overnight offensive

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

The Iraqi government quickly capitalized on its victory against the Islamic State in the adjacent city of Hawija and turned its energy on the secessionist Kurds in Kirkuk. The rapid offensive exposes deep fault lines in the anti-Islamic State coalition and within Kurdish politics. more...

15th October 2017 – Interviewed by Tobin Harshaw - Bloomberg

Has Trump Fixed the ‘Worst Deal Ever’? Kinda, Sorta

Mark Dubowitz

Decertifying the Iran pact isn't the same thing as ripping it up. But Iran hawk Mark Dubowitz thinks it could be a start to a tougher agreement. more...

13th October 2017 – The Washington Examiner

Trump throws a Hail Mary pass against Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Trump has finally decertified his predecessor's nuclear agreement with Iran. Twice before, in April and July, Trump certified, per the requirement in the 2015 Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act, that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remained in the interest of the United States. According to senior White House officials, he did so most reluctantly and was determined to not do it again. more...

12th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Iranian-linked bomb kills American solider in Iraq

Alexandra N. Gutowski

An explosively formed penetrator (EFP) killed an American soldier in Iraq on Oct. 1. The US and Iraqi governments haven't conclusively fingered a perpetrator, but EFPs have been used by Iranian-backed groups in Iraq in the past. more...

11th October 2017 – The Cipher Brief

Hezbollah Calls the Shots in Iran’s Syria Policy

Tony Badran, Amir Toumaj

President Donald Trump is reportedly about to extend a terrorism designation to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in its entirety. The IRGC is both the dominant force inside Iran and the instrument through which the Islamic Republic projects power abroad. Operating throughout the region, the IRGC is deeply entrenched in Lebanon; the domain of Hezbollah. more...

11th October 2017 – USA Today

‘Decertify, pressure and fix’

Mark Dubowitz

Decertifying the nuclear deal with Iran is the first step toward fixing its severe deficiencies that place Iran on a North Korean-style glide path to developing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. more...

11th October 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How to Defeat the Islamic Republic

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran’s modern history is replete with examples of the citizenry seeking to reclaim power from despots. more...

11th October 2017 – The Atlantic

Ending America’s Paralyzed Iran Policy

Jonathan Schanzer

Decertifying the nuclear deal without walking away gives the Trump administration an opening to confront the Islamic Republic’s foreign meddling. more...

10th October 2017 – The Hill

(Mis)Reading the IAEA reports on Iran’s nuclear program

Tzvi Kahn

Claims that the IAEA has certified Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA are misleading in two ways: they imply Iran's current nuclear activities are legitimate, and they distract from key omissions in IAEA reporting due to lack of access to Iranian sites. While IAEA monitors and reports on Iran’s nuclear activities, it is the responsibility of the individual members of the Joint Commission to determine compliance. more...

10th October 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Report: Iran Tried 30+ Times to Buy Illegal Nuclear Technology in 2016

Benjamin Weinthal

German report says: Iran spreading atomic, biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction. more...

10th October 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department offers rewards for 2 Hezbollah leaders

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that it is offering rewards for information concerning the whereabouts of two senior Hezbollah operatives. One of the two, Talal Hamiyah, is the head of Hezbollah's External Security Organization, which oversees worldwide terrorist plots. The other, Fuad Shukr, "played a central role" in the Oct. 1983 Marine Barracks bombing in Beirut, Lebanon. That suicide bombing helped inspire a generation of Shiite and Sunni jihadists. more...

10th October 2017 – The National Interest

Hit Hezbollah in the Wallet

Yaya J. Fanusie, Alex Entz

From Latin America to Tehran, there are plenty of steps U.S. policymakers can take today. more...

9th October 2017 – Fox News

Iran attempted to buy nuclear technology illegally 32 times, German agency says

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran tried to obtain illicit technology that could be used for military nuclear and ballistic missile programs, raising questions about a possible violation of the 2015 agreement intended to stop Tehran’s drive to become an atomic armed power, according to three German intelligence reports obtained by Fox News. more...

8th October 2017 – Fox News

Trump should refuse to certify the Iran deal as the first step to fixing a deeply flawed agreement

Saeed Ghasseminejad, David Adesnik

The Washington Post and New York Times reported Thursday night that President Trump will soon announce his refusal to certify that the nuclear deal with Iran is in America’s national interest. This is the right call, because decertification is the indispensable first step toward fixing a deeply flawed agreement that puts Iran on the path to becoming another North Korea. more...

6th October 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Iranian Mosques in Austria, Germany Slam Women and Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

Iranian regime-controlled mosque probed by the Austrian Integration Fund doesn't recognize Israel — regardless of its boundaries. more...

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Events

24th March 2017 - 10:00 AM

Keeping Iran in Check: How to Combat Iran’s Illicit Activities

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a breakfast conversation on Friday, March 24 from 10:00am to 11:00am, titled Keeping Iran in Check: How to Combat Iran’s Illicit Activities. The conversation featured the Founder and President of the Institute for Science and International Security David Albright; FDD’s CEO Mark Dubowitz; and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Brian Katulis.

12th February 2016 - 6:03 PM

Rising Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Geopolitical and Energy Security Implications

The latest increase in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia raises questions about the potential for further instability in the region and possible oil supply disruptions. These risks are most apparent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home both to more than half of the nation’s oil production and a Shia majority. The panel discussion will focus on how these developments are impacting U.S. national and energy security interests at a time when Iran sanctions are being lifted, allowing Tehran to export its petroleum, further adding to an oversupplied global oil market.