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16th August 2017 – The Washington Times

In search of a grand U.S. strategy

Clifford D. May

Anti-extremists should hang together while Trump’s advisers construct it more...

15th August 2017 – Tablet Magazine

The Pentagon Fills Hezbollah’s Shopping List

Tony Badran

Bradley fighting vehicles, M4 rifles among the American goods that will soon make their way to Lebanon, free of charge. more...

15th August 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Report: Iran And Russia Violated UN Weapons Sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

German media and state intelligence agencies revealed how Russia and Iran bypassed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear accord. more...

14th August 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Iran’s Compliance with UNSCR 2231: Alleged Violations Must Be Addressed

Behnam Ben Taleblu

UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231 implements the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and imposes missile- and arms-related restrictions. Little-noticed biannual reporting by the UN Secretary General alleges that Iran is repeatedly violating these non-nuclear provisions. Thus far, the United States has responded to such violations with sanctions and designations of Iranian and foreign entities supporting Tehran’s ballistic missile development. However, the UN and its member states have not responded. More must be done to investigate allegations of noncompliance and to punish violations of the resolution. more...

10th August 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

German Green Party Probes Iran’s Activity Against Israel And Dissidents

Benjamin Weinthal

The expansion of Iranian regime institutions in Germany has prompted the opening of an inquiry by the Green Party in the Bundestag on Friday to assess Tehran’s anti-Israel and espionage activities. more...

9th August 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Qods Force-linked Taliban commander leads insurgency in central Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

A Taliban commander who was targeted by the US military in an airstrike nearly a decade ago and who has links to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp – Qods Force remains a key player in the insurgency in central Afghanistan. The Taliban commander, known as Mullah Mustafa, was instrumental in the Taliban’s takeover of Taiwara district in Ghor province several weeks ago. Afghan forces have retaken the district, but maintain a tenuous hold on it. more...

4th August 2017 – RealClearDefense

Iran’s Top Export to Latin America: Radical Islam

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Michaela Frai

Ayatollah Mohsen Araki, who openly calls for the “annihilation of Zionism” and has promoted friendly relations with the Taliban, arrived in São Paulo, Brazil and discussed how Muslims can fight “radical terrorism”. more...

2nd August 2017 – Tablet Magazine

Lebanese PM Saad Hariri Joins With Hezbollah to Con Donald Trump

Tony Badran

Hariri’s visit with Trump was part of a coordinated, multifaceted information campaign to swindle the U.S. government into continuing its military support and extending political cover for the evolving pro-Iran order in Lebanon and Syria. Everyone—Hariri, Hezbollah, the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and its supporters and publicists in Washington—is in on the con. Everyone benefits—except, of course, the people who continue to suffer and die in the region. more...

2nd August 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Ramps Up Purchases of Commercial Aircraft from U.S. and Europe

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last June, a trio of Iranian airlines announced plans to purchase a total of 83 new planes from Airbus and Boeing. Iran Air Tours is ordering 45 planes from Airbus and Zagros Airlines is ordering 28 more. Qeshm Airlines, which is owned by Tehran’s Ministry of Oil, revealed it would purchase 10 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. more...

1st August 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Averting a Third Lebanon War

Mark Dubowitz

Hezbollah’s missile buildup, facilitated by Lebanon and Iran, is forcing Israel’s hand. more...

31st July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Making Sense of Iran’s Latest Satellite-Launch Vehicle Test

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Late last week, Iran formally inaugurated the Imam Khomeini Space Launch Center by conducting the second test of its “Simorgh” rocket, a satellite-launch vehicle (SLV). This was Iran’s first SLV test in 2017 and the second overall test of the “Simorgh,” which is Persian for “phoenix.” more...

28th July 2017 – The Hill

How Trump can show Iran that America will not be intimidated

Behnam Ben Taleblu

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27th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Reassert Itself in Iran Policy Oversight

Tyler Stapleton

This week, Congress moved to sanction Iran, North Korea, and Russia in an attempt to reestablish the utility of financial restraints as a means of challenging the malign behavior of hostile regimes. more...

26th July 2017 – Hoover Institute

“Pushing Back” Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

On both the left and the right, there is a consensus in Washington that the United States needs to “push back” against the Islamic Republic’s nefarious actions in the Levant, Iraq, and Yemen. more...

25th July 2017 – Politico

How Trump should handle Iran

Eric S. Edelman

The Trump administration’s priority should be restoring leverage against Tehran, so that we can dissuade Iran from sprinting toward a bomb and create far more favorable circumstances to negotiate an agreement that—unlike Obama’s deal—actually prevents a nuclear Iran. more...

23rd July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

State Department: Iran continues to host al Qaeda’s ‘core facilitation pipeline’

Thomas Joscelyn

Since July 2011, the US Treasury and State Departments have repeatedly stated that the Iranian regime allows al Qaeda to maintain a key facilitation network on its soil. more...

21st July 2017 – PJ Media

Trump Administration Still Doesn’t Have an Iran Policy

Michael Ledeen

The Trump administration, for once in harmony with Congress, is going to slap more sanctions on Iran. They stress this has nothing to do with the nuclear deal, but is rather in response to Tehran’s ongoing support of terrorism from the Middle East to Latin America. At the same time, the government is not (yet?) ready to sanction the Iranians for violating the terms of the deal. more...

21st July 2017 – The Weekly Standard

The Iranian Express

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Tehran is using its airlines to transport fighters to Syria. It shouldn't be buying more planes from Airbus and Boeing. more...

20th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New Sanctions Highlight the Need to Counter Iran’s Non-Nuclear Threats

Tyler Stapleton, Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a joint effort on Tuesday, the Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice released new designations of Iranian, Chinese, and Turkish procurement networks that have facilitated material support for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the country’s ballistic missile program. more...

20th July 2017 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah has ‘about 7,000 fighters’ in Syria, US says

Thomas Joscelyn

A newly released report by the State Department underscores the degree to which Iran and its terrorist proxies have expanded their footprint in Syria during the war. 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.