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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...

19th December 2013 – Politico

The White House Can’t Have It Both Ways on Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

Defying a White House veto threat, a bipartisan group of senators rolled out a new Iran sanctions bill Thursday that aims to give America more leverage... more...

18th December 2013 – National Post

The Bank of Ayatollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Of all the problematic aspects of the Joint Plan of Action recently signed in Geneva by Iran and the six world powers (The United States, Russia, China,... more...

12th December 2013 – Reuters

Turkey Cashes In on the Iran Talks

Jonathan Schanzer

You may have thought the Geneva deal struck last month between Iran and the P5+1 nations (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security... more...

10th December 2013 – National Review Online

Are More Iran Sanctions Necessary?

Benjamin Weinthal

Secretary of State John Kerry expressed vehement opposition today to new congressional Iran sanctions, during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing... more...

6th December 2013 – CNN

U.S. and Iran See Nuclear Deal Differently

Jonathan Schanzer

The nuclear deal between the P5+1 and Iran last month has been widely hailed as a successful interim measure to stave off an unwanted conflict over Tehran’s... more...

2nd December 2013 – Standpoint

No Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

It took only 100 days in office for Iran's new president, Hassan Rouhani, to fool the United States and its Western allies into believing that his charm offensive... more...

29th November 2013 – National Post

The Ayatollah’s Windfall

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If any proof was needed that the nuclear compromise hammered out in Geneva last month between Iran and the six world powers is a mistake, look no further... more...

29th November 2013 – Foreign Policy

Fear and Loathing in the Kingdom

John Hannah

Pundits and policymakers are missing the big worry about the Obama administration's Iranian nuclear deal: its greatest impact is not ensuring that Iran doesn't... more...

29th November 2013 – The Weekly Standard

Faith-Based Negotiations

Reuel Marc Gerecht

O believers, when you encounter the unbelievers marching to battle, turn not your backs to them. Whoso turns his back that day to them, unless withdrawing... more...

28th November 2013 – National Review Online

After Geneva

Clifford D. May

To be fair, the document signed in Geneva is not meant to neutralize the threat posed by those who rule Iran. It is meant only to be a “confidence building” measure... more...

26th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Canada Stays Strong on Iran

Sheryl Saperia

Canada has taken a tough public stance regarding the interim deal reached between Iran and the P5+1 on Sunday. Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird... more...

26th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Iranian FM Mohammad-Javad Zarif: Twitter vs Memoirs

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator Mohammad-Javad Zarif returned to Tehran with great fanfare this weekend following the accord he reached... more...

24th November 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

A Weak Agreement Likely to Get Worse

Mark Dubowitz, Orde Kittrie

The Geneva deal agreed to Sunday by six major powers with Iran is a gamble on Western optimism. While slightly rolling back Iranian nuclear capability... more...


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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.

30th September 2014 - 12:00 PM

Are We Heading Towards a Bad Deal with Iran?

Join BPC, FPI, and FDD for a conversation with David Albright, Mark Dubowitz, Olli Heinonen and Ray Takeyh, moderated by Chris Griffin

President Obama and the P5+1 negotiators have repeatedly stated that when it comes to the Iranian nuclear negotiations, “no deal is better than a bad deal.” But are the negotiations heading towards a bad deal?