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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...

24th November 2013 – National Review Online

Waltzing with the Mullahs to a Nuclear Bomb

Benjamin Weinthal

It is a topsy-turvy world when the United Nations Security Council is stricter than the Obama administration. Secretary of State John Kerry helped solidify... more...

23rd November 2013 – National Review Online

Saturday Night Iran-Talks News

Clifford D. May

We don’t know the details yet but there is every reason to believe that this deal will significantly ease the economic pressure on Iran’s rulers — in exchange for... more...

22nd November 2013 – National Review Online

Opening a Gateway to a Nuclear-Armed Middle East

Benjamin Weinthal

The Obama administration is inching toward a deal with the Islamic Republic of Iran to temporarily curtail some elements of its illicit nuclear program. more...

22nd November 2013 – The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Chief Negotiator

Claudia Rosett

Along with President Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is yet another arrow in the quiver of the Islamic Republic’s charm offensive. more...

21st November 2013 – National Review Online

The Iranian Rapprochement Fantasy

Clifford D. May

‘Any agreement that does not recognize the rights of the Iranian people and does not respect these rights, has no chance,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said last... more...

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

How to Strengthen the Interim Iran Deal

Orde Kittrie

Press reports make it clear that the interim deal will bring Iran into compliance with none of its key international legal obligations as spelled out in applicable... more...

19th November 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran Follows in North Korea’s Nuclear Shoes

Claudia Rosett

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry emerged from the latest round of Iran nuclear talks in Geneva earlier this month to say that negotiators are "clearly further... more...

19th November 2013 – The New York Times

Stick With Iranian Sanctions to Finish the Job

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Despite a checkered past, sanctions have finally brought Iran to negotiate over its nuclear program -- but they have not inflicted enough damage on Iran's... more...

19th November 2013 – CNN

Enough Talk – Iran Needs to Show it’s Changing

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, has been on a charm offensive in an effort to improve relations with the United States. But thus far, his efforts have... more...

18th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iranian Media Reacts to Geneva

Ali Alfoneh

With the next round of Geneva negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 looming, Iran’s press is divided. On one side, mouthpieces of Supreme Leader Ali... more...

15th November 2013 – The Jewish Chronicle

Vive la France for Refusing to Sign this Mad, Bad Agreement

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Who would have ever thought that the only thing standing between the tree-hugging brigade and a nuclear-armed Iran would be a French socialist government? more...

14th November 2013 – National Review Online

A ‘Fool’s Deal’ on Iran, Engineered by Kerry?

Benjamin Weinthal

The collapse of the Iran nuclear talks in Geneva because France did not want to get hoodwinked by Iran’s regime has been a great source of embarrassment... more...

14th November 2013 – Scripps Howard News Service

France Derails Iranian ‘Sucker’s Deal’

Clifford D. May

Well into last weekend it looked as though Iran was going to win the latest round of negotiations — by a knockout, not on points. Secretary of State John... more...

11th November 2013 – The Jerusalem Post

Why did France Toss a Wrench in the Iran Nuclear Talks?

Benjamin Weinthal

France blocked an agreement on Sunday to curb Iran’s nuclear program because, to cite French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, it did not want to be... more...

10th November 2013 – The Wall Street Journal

The Case for Stronger Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Was the deal that Iran came close to negotiating with six world powers in Geneva over the weekend likely to keep Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon? more...

8th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s 100 Days with Rouhani

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a few days, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran will have reached his 100 day mark. Analysts rightly point to the change in tone adopted by the new president... more...

8th November 2013 – FDD Policy Brief

The Widening Gap in Iran Between Rouhani and the RevGuards

Ali Alfoneh

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva today to “help narrow differences” and finalize an agreement that would freeze Iran’s nuclear program... more...

7th November 2013 – National Review Online

Did Obama and the West Just Capitulate to Iran?

Benjamin Weinthal

The Islamic Republic of Iran has laid a foundation to impose its will on the U.S. and continue its illicit nuclear-weapons program. The elements of a negotiated... more...


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26th August 2014 - 11:45 AM

Polling the Iranian Street: A Look Inside the Prospects for Reform in Iran

The IMF reports that Iran is experiencing a modest economic recovery. While the Iranian regime has used the breathing space to build greater resiliency, the overall standard of living for the Iranian people is not improving. At the same time, the tempo of arrests and executions has increased, freedom of the press has been further curtailed, Green Movement leaders Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi remain in isolation, and public protests over Iranian involvement in Syria and Iraq have increased.

What does President Rouhani’s failure to improve economic conditions and human rights for average Iranians say about his political will and Iran’s capacity for meaningful reform? Is there still a significant domestic movement for real reform? What do these and other factors indicate for the strength and stability of the Iranian regime? How do these factors impact P5+1 negotiations and future U.S. policy towards Iran?

17th July 2014 - 11:45 AM

High Standards and High Stakes: Defining Terms of an Acceptable Iran Nuclear Deal

As the P5+1 approaches the July 20th deadline for a final Iran nuclear deal, what standards should Congress seek in an acceptable agreement? And what are the stakes for the United States and its allies? Join BPC, FPI, and FDD for a public forum on these and other questions featuring Members of Congress and experts.