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1st January 2015 – National Interest

Iran’s Greatest Fear: “American Islam”

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Islamic State rages next door and the U.S. Congress is threatening new sanctions, but Iranian officials remain preoccupied by a different challenge, one that has haunted them for decades: “American Islam.” more...

26th December 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Reading Washington’s New Cuba Policy in Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Barack Obama’s overturning of Washington’s longstanding commercial and diplomatic isolation of Cuba earlier this month has grabbed the attention of another country chafing under U.S. sanctions: the Islamic Republic of Iran. more...

22nd December 2014 – The National Interest

How Iran Uses Dual Citizenship in the Caribbean to Skirt Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

St. Kitts and Nevis (SKN) is a miniscule Caribbean nation whose biggest employer is the state sugar corporation and whose currency features wading sea turtles and the visage of Queen Elizabeth II. more...

17th December 2014 – Standpoint

A Sham Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The 24 November deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran came and went with no deal and the likelihood of further delays in 2015. Both the Obama Administration and its European allies are adamant that we have never before been as close to a deal as we are today. Delicate diplomatic issues, after all, require time. more...

16th December 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: ‘One-Handed Economist’ Needed to End Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program

Benjamin Weinthal

The key takeaway for the P5 plus 1, based on the new economic data, is to internalize the plummeting oil price as a lever of pressure to secure massive concessions from Iran. more...

15th December 2014 – National Interest

How Iran Is Skirting Sanctions in the Southern Caucasus

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Unless Western governments pay more attention to Iranian efforts to defy the international community, Tehran will continue to elude export restrictions and bypass sanctions through the South Caucasus. 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...

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 – 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 – Business Insider

Why The US Shouldn’t Be So Afraid Of The Nuclear Negotiations With Iran Collapsing

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year after signing an interim agreement with Iran, the US administration has discovered the hard way that a comprehensive nuclear accord remains elusive. more...

24th November 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Khamenei Spits in Our Face Again—and We Pay for the Pleasure

Michael Ledeen

He did it again, as we should have expected. Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei walked us right up to the finish line, spat on us, and walked away more...

23rd November 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Iran Nuclear Talks: The Narcissism of Minor Differences Between the EU and US

Benjamin Weinthal

"The US as well as the main European players are ready to make major concessions on enrichment, as well as allowing Tehran to cover up its illegal weapons development.” more...

19th November 2014 – The Washington Times

Betting on Iran

Clifford D. May

Negotiations with Iran are set to conclude on Nov. 24th. What are the odds they will end with Iran’s rulers agreeing to verifiably dismantle their illicit nuclear weapons program? more...

12th November 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Diplomatic Path to the Bomb

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Let’s assume the Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna fail to conclude a final agreement by Nov. 24, the already extended deadline under the interim Joint Plan of Action signed in January. more...

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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

Journalist-in-Residence

Timothy Wilson

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Events

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.