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4th November 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Worrisome Shipping News

Claudia Rosett

Bravo to the European Union, whose authorities are seeking ways to maintain sanctions on Iran's national cargo fleet. The EU's existing sanctions on the... more...

28th October 2013 – National Review Online

Negotiating with Iran Without Leverage

Benjamin Weinthal

The Obama administration has urged Congress to take a sanctions timeout to see if progress can be made in reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear... more...

27th October 2013 – Real Clear World

About That Medicine Shortage in Iran…

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran wants the West to believe that a sanctions-induced medicine shortage is causing the death of thousands of Iranian citizens, and they're using Western... more...

24th October 2013 – National Post

Turkey — Friend or Foe?

Sheryl Saperia

Is it time for Canada to designate Turkey as a state sponsor of terror? The question may strike some as surprising. After all, Turkey is a member of NATO... more...

24th October 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Iran Through Saudi Eyes

Clifford D. May

The Saudis have a point. Those words do not flow easily from my pen. For more than three decades, the Arabian royals have spent billions of petro-dollars... more...

18th October 2013 – Politico

Moscow’s American Uranium

The state-owned Russian nuclear energy company that built Iran’s nuclear reactor in Bushehr is about to finalize a transaction that will give Russia absolute... more...

18th October 2013 – The Huffington Post

The Obama-Rouhani Playbook for Aspiring Tyrants

Sheryl Saperia

Upon completion of his term in office, President Obama will bequeath to his successor a world indelibly scarred by the current crisis in Iran. For regardless... more...

12th October 2013 – The Washington Post

Iran Wants the Bomb — and Sanctions Relief

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is lying when he says the Islamic Republic has never had any intention of building an atomic weapon. Defecting Iranian nuclear... more...

11th October 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Central Bank Governor at the World Bank/IMF Summit

Ali Alfoneh, Toby Dershowitz

Valiollah Seif, Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), will be in Washington, DC October 11-13 to attend the Annual Meetings of the World Bank... more...

10th October 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Wishful Thinking on Iran

Clifford D. May

No one likes to be the skunk at the picnic but sometimes there’s no alternative: You just have to spray. That’s how I feel after reading a column by the Washington Post... more...

7th October 2013 – Forbes

Iran’s Sequel to North Korea’s Nuclear Playbook

Claudia Rosett

As world powers prepare for nuclear talks with Iran next week in Geneva, U.S. negotiators and their cohorts would do well to review the history of nuclear... more...

5th October 2013 – The Times of Israel

Seeing Through the Sheep’s Clothing

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In his address to the United Nations, Benjamin Netanyahu described Hassan Rouhani as a wolf in sheep’s clothing, but you’d have to be very gullible... more...

3rd October 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

Iran’s Rulers and the Art of the Deal

Clifford D. May

Imagine you’re Iranian president Hassan Rouhani or his boss, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, or Major General Qassem Suleimani, who leads the elite Quds... more...

30th September 2013 – Forbes

Iran, the U.N.‘s New Authority On Nuclear Disarmament

Claudia Rosett

With Iran pushing toward nuclear breakout ability at home, while peddling what some have dubbed “charm” abroad, there were plenty of odd moments... more...

27th September 2013 – The Weekly Standard

The New Rouhani

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Assessing contemporary figures on the world stage is tricky business. It takes time to properly reflect on what a man has done, and judgments based... more...

25th September 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani’s Corrupt Cabinet

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Most Western observers welcomed the end of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s term with a sigh of relief, interpreting new president... more...

24th September 2013 – National Review Online

First Impressions on Rouhani’s Speech

Ali Alfoneh, Emanuele Ottolenghi, John Hannah, Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Here’s how Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s U.N. speech struck five Foundation for Defense of Democracies scholars: more...

24th September 2013 – The Huffington Post

Rouhani’s World

Michael Ledeen

Whatever comes out of the UN General Assembly session this week, Hasan Rouhani is the star of the show. Nothing new or surprising there; so was his... more...

24th September 2013 – Commentary

Engagement Is Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Obama’s policy of engagement with Iran is back on track–this is the core message of the president’s speech earlier today at the United Nations... more...

24th September 2013 – National Review Online

Metrics for the Remainder of the Obama Presidency

Clifford D. May

[Obama] said that for the remainder of his time in office, his Middle East policy efforts would focus on resolving the controversy surrounding Iran’s nuclear... more...


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24th October 2013 - 9:30 AM

Rouhani vs the Guards

A Conversation with Dexter Filkins, Mark Dubowitz, Ali Alfoneh, and Reuel Marc Gerecht

As Rouhani rages a full-scale charm offensive, how long before he and Suleimani face-off over the question of the direction and tone of Iran’s foreign policy? How much flexibility will Rouhani have on the nuclear question when the IRGC controls the program? The ultimate question is, at the end of the day, “Who rules Iran?”

16th October 2013 - 12:15 PM

Inside Iran: Understanding Rouhani, the IRGC, and the Supreme Leader

A conversation with Ali Alfoneh, J. Matthew McInnis, and Chris Griffin

A joint briefing with the Foreign Policy Initiative.