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5th March 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Congress Can Play a Vital Role in the Iran Talks

David B. Rivkin

The Obama administration on Feb. 20 began negotiations for a permanent deal to stop Iran's nuclear-weapons program. There are reasons to worry about where... more...

3rd March 2014 – National Review Online

College Campus Gives Iran Nuke Thug Hero’s Welcome

Claudia Rosett

Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator, did not take questions from the international press while in Vienna last month for nuclear talks. more...

3rd March 2014 – The Canadian Jewish News

Beyond Nuclear: The Threat of Iranian Terrorism

Sheryl Saperia

Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program have dominated headlines worldwide. With the debate inundated with references to break-out times, heavy-water plants... more...

20th February 2014 – Forbes

Iran Nuclear Charades in Vienna

Claudia Rosett

Were sheer diplomatic toil a guarantee of success in the Iran nuclear talks, then the latest round, held this week in the Austrian capital, might count as an achievement. more...

20th February 2014 – National Review Online

Speed-Dating Iran while the Mullahs Build Nuclear Weapons

Benjamin Weinthal

The final phase of negotiations to end Iran’s illicit nuclear weapons program started on Tuesday in Vienna. Iran’s regime has shoe-horned the United States into... more...

6th February 2014 – U.S. News & World Report

Why New Iran Sanctions Are So Important

Mark Dubowitz

Trade delegations are clamoring to get into Iran. Economists are now seeing signs of economic recovery after years of sanctions in response to Iran’s illicit nuclear... more...

5th February 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Will Ashton’s Time Extension Allow Iran to Build a Nuclear Weapon?

Benjamin Weinthal

European Union chief diplomat Catherine Ashton on Sunday circulated the idea of extending the talks to end Iran’s military nuclear program beyond the slated... more...

5th February 2014 – Haaretz

How Europe is Speed-Dating Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

European companies were astonishingly quick to seek new business with Iran following the interim nuclear agreement the P5+1 states and Tehran reached in November... more...

3rd February 2014 – Foreign Policy

Germany, Inc. Heads to Tehran

Benjamin Weinthal

As the world's most powerful countries loosen the sanctions regime on Iran, European companies are looking to turn a profit from the international détente. more...

3rd February 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Can Rouhani Deliver After Davos?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Hassan Rouhani expressed his hopes for the further easing of international sanctions against Iran. He also... more...

31st January 2014 – The Jewish Chronicle

Iran’s ‘Moderate’ Icon Unmasked

Ali Alfoneh

In Persianised Arabic, Zarif is a word of many meanings, ranging from fine or delicate, discerning and cunning to subtle. Mohammad-Javad Zarif, former ambassador to... more...

30th January 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Austria Aggressively Moves to Boost Trade with Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

Austria’s ambassador to Tehran, and the vice president of the country’s chamber of commerce, have expressed sharp criticism of tough sanctions targeting Iran’s... more...

30th January 2014 – National Review Online

Iran and Diplomacy vs. Engagement

Clifford D. May

‘Iran’s rulers are not open to engagement no matter what mix of carrots and sticks are offered.” Peter Beinart, a contributing editor of The Atlantic, attributed... more...

27th January 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan’s Trip to Tehran

Jonathan Schanzer

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will make a two-day official visit to Tehran on January 28 to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Erdoğan is expected... more...

24th January 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Negotiating with Ourselves

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Analyzing the Islamic Republic isn’t a guessing game—at least it shouldn’t be. Iranian Islamists’ words and deeds are pretty consistent. Memoirs, speeches, and... more...

23rd January 2014 – National Review Online

‘World Powers Surrender to Iran’

Clifford D. May

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani last week tweeted a declaration of diplomatic victory: “In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iran’s national will. more...

23rd January 2014 – The New Republic

An Iranian Moderate Exposed

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

“To my esteemed enemy, Mohammad-Javad Zarif.” Iran’s former ambassador to the United Nations remains very proud of this dedication in his copy of Henry... more...

22nd January 2014 – Politico

The Gold Rush in Tehran

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be yucking it up at Davos this week, munching canapés, shaking hands and cutting deals with the global business elite. more...

21st January 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Political Divisions and the Fate of Iran’s Nuclear Concessions

Ali Alfoneh

The Western media is hailing Tehran’s suspension of uranium enrichment in return for “limited, targeted and reversible sanctions relief for a six-months period” as a... more...

13th January 2014 – National Review Online

The Iran Deal: More Moola for the Mullahs

Benjamin Weinthal

The Islamic Republic of Iran and the “P5+1” major powers have confirmed that an interim agreement to restrict Iran’s illicit nuclear program is slated to start... more...


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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.