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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...

10th January 2014 – National Review Online

Is Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal Unraveling?

Benjamin Weinthal

President Obama’s nuclear agreement to slow down Iran’s drive to become a nuclear-weapons power faces tough resistance from Senate Republicans and... more...

9th January 2014 – The Tower

How A Weak Iran Deal Makes Us All Less Safe and War More Likely

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The debate over whether Israel would launch an attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities to blunt Tehran’s nuclear ambitions has always loomed large in the mind... more...

9th January 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Majles Threatens 60% Enrichment After Obama Administration Enforces Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Critics are taking aim at 51 U.S. Senators for proposing legislation that would impose additional sanctions on Iran if it violates the Joint Plan of Action (JPA)... more...

5th January 2014 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Has the Geneva Agreement Undercut Sanctions to Stop Iran’s Nuclear Program?

Benjamin Weinthal

The interim nuclear deal reached between the major powers and the Islamic Republic on November 24 opened the investment floodgates for Western... more...

3rd January 2014 – National Post

Tehran’s Windfall

Emanuele Ottolenghi

How much sanctions relief will Iran truly get from the interim deal signed late last year in Geneva? In his recent appearance before the U.S. House of Representatives’... more...

2nd January 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Babak Zanjani: An Iranian in the Eye of Turkey’s Storm

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iranian authorities arrested billionaire Babak Morteza Zanjani Monday after a protracted public campaign against him that began soon after the June election... more...

26th December 2013 – Foreign Policy

Iran’s Turkish Gold Rush

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

Turkey's Islamist government is being rocked by the most sweeping corruption scandal of its tenure. Roughly two dozen figures, including well-connected... more...

26th December 2013 – National Review Online

Iran’s Delays and Deceptions

Clifford D. May

Just before Congress recessed for the holidays, 26 senators — 13 Democrats and 13 Republicans, led by Senators Robert Menendez (D., N.J.) and Mark Kirk... more...

20th December 2013 – Standpoint

The Rouhani Delusion

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Joint Plan of Action on Iran's nuclear programme that was agreed in late November between Iran and the six world powers is comparable to a marathon... more...

19th December 2013 – Arms Control and Regional Security for the Middle East

Iran Plays Games with the Geneva Deal

Orde Kittrie

Nearly a month since the six-month Joint Plan of Action with Iran was announced in Geneva on November 24, the deal has yet to go into effect. The two sides... 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.