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25th April 2018 – Quoted by Francesco Fontemaggi - AFP

Can Macron’s pitch to Trump save the Iran deal?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

European countries and the United States are talking about a new Iran deal to assuage President Donald Trump's loathing for the existing nuclear pact. more...

10th January 2018 – Quoted by Lee Smith - RealClearInvestigations

Why Going Easy on the Mullahs Could Hurt Ordinary Iranians

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Is it true that President Trump has little choice but to stick with the Iran nuclear deal or else risk harming poor and middle-class Iranians who would be most hurt by reimposed sanctions? more...

10th January 2018 – Quoted by Aaron Stein - War on the Rocks

Speaking Loudly and Carrying a Little Stick: The Myopic U.S. Debate about Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Following a political miscalculation on both sides of its political spectrum, Iran in the first days of the year experienced a large wave of protests in more than 80 cities. The street demonstrations have begun to wane in recent days, although widespread reports of anti-regime slogans and continued economic challenges have prompted questions about whether the drop-off in public protests is a pyrrhic victory for the regime. more...

9th January 2018 – Quoted by Asa Fitch - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Khamenei Recognizes Protesters’ Grievances

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday said citizens had the right to voice their legitimate concerns, acknowledging for the first time the grievances of protesters taking part in the biggest wave of demonstrations in the country this decade. more...

9th January 2018 – Quoted by Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

Iran’s leader blames U.S. for unrest but says public demands ‘must be answered’

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Tuesday that people have genuine grievances that should be addressed by the government, even as he blamed foreign powers for a wave of protests that hit Iran in recent weeks. more...

8th January 2018 – Quoted by Fred Fleitz - The National Review

Trump Should Kill the Iran Nuclear Deal, for the Dissidents and Protesters

Tzvi Kahn

President Trump will make some important decisions this month that could not only end the controversial 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran but also convey America’s support for Iranian protesters and hasten the overthrow of Iran’s ruling mullahs. more...

8th January 2018 – Quoted by Susan Glasser - Politico

Is Trump Stuck With an Iran Deal He Loathes?

Mark Dubowitz

As a new year’s wave of street protests rocks Iran, the demonstrations put President Donald Trump in an awkward bind—right as he faces a new deadline to decide whether to continue with the Iran nuclear deal he loathes. more...

8th January 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

GOP lawmaker wants Trump to sanction ‘all regime-owned entities’ in Iran

Richard Goldberg

President Trump should impose sanctions against any entity that received a waiver under the Iran nuclear deal, a House Republican argued following the recent Iran protests. more...

7th January 2018 – Quoted by Felicia Schwartz - The Wall Street Journal

Trump Faces Pivotal Decisions on Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The 2015 Iran nuclear agreement faces a potentially fateful week, with a series of deadlines awaiting President Donald Trump as Tehran reacts to recent antigovernment protests. more...

6th January 2018 – Quoted Nassim Khadem - The Sydney Morning Herald

Can the Iranian diaspora aid regime change in Islamic Republic?

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Almost 40 years after the 1979 revolution, the Iranian diaspora's connection to home remains alive and well. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Zachary Fryer-Biggs - Newsweek

Trump’s Aggressive Rhetoric on Iran, a Change from Obama, May Backfire, experts say

Richard Goldberg

President Donald Trump has been egging on Iranian protestors on Twitter, a staggering turnaround from his predecessor’s work to keep American fingerprints off of dissent in Iran—and his approach may open the door for hard-liners in Iran to crack down on demonstrators and then blame America for the repression, experts say. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Joseph Klein - Front Page Magazine

Iranian Theocracy on the Brink?

Richard Goldberg

After several days of protests in Iran that have spread throughout the country, costing at least 21 lives, the head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards is claiming victory over the “sedition” after the Revolutionary Guards intervened. It is not clear yet whether his claim of victory is premature. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Trump mulls restoring Iran nuclear sanctions to support protesters

Richard Goldberg

President Trump’s team is engaged in a serious but discrete internal discussion about whether to renew the key sanctions waived under the terms of the Iran nuclear agreement, administration allies said following a meeting this week at the White House. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Diogo Schelp - Veja

Repúdio a todos

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Durante uma semana, as cidades do Irã, em especial as do interior, foram tomadas por protestos populares. As manifestações se iniciaram na quinta-feira, 28 de dezembro, em Mashhad, a segunda maior cidade do país, incitadas por um clérigo local, contra o alto custo de vida e, especificamente, contra um recente aumento no preço do ovo. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

What’s Next for Iran After Protests? 4 Elements to Watch

Behnam Ben Taleblu

After backing the protesters standing up to the Iranian dictatorship, President Donald Trump will decide next week on whether to again waive sanctions—part of the Obama-era nuclear deal he has long criticized. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Bret Stephens - The New York Times

Finding the Way Forward on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Last May an article in this newspaper asked, “Is Iran a democracy or a dictatorship?” After more than a week of protests in as many as 80 Iranian cities, it’s safe to say we have the answer. Again. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

How Iranian protesters are skirting the government’s tech clampdown to continue their fight

Behnam Ben Taleblu

While the already repressive Iranian government works to further shut down social media that helps fuel communications among thousands of protestors, the predominantly young, college-aged crowds in the street are scrambling to stay ahead with a variety of counter-censorship maneuvers. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

White House Deadlocked on Saving Iran Nuclear Deal As Protests Rock Islamic Republic

Richard Goldberg

White House national security officials are focused on developing strategies to support and foster demonstrations in Iran that have gripped the country for more than a week, but are in a deadlock over whether to preserve the landmark nuclear deal and continue providing a financial lifeline to the hardline Islamic regime, according to multiple sources briefed on the Trump administration's ongoing discussions. more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - Jewish News Service

Experts debate whether protests can change Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Amid the continued popular protests throughout Iran, what will the future hold for the country’s terror-funding Shi’a regime? more...

5th January 2018 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

With nuke deal tottering, Iran protests could be death blow or saving grace

Mark Dubowitz

Iranians are taking to the streets in spontaneous demonstrations across the country to protest government corruption and a failing economy. more...


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24th March 2017 - 10:00 AM

Keeping Iran in Check: How to Combat Iran’s Illicit Activities

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies hosted a breakfast conversation on Friday, March 24 from 10:00am to 11:00am, titled Keeping Iran in Check: How to Combat Iran’s Illicit Activities. The conversation featured the Founder and President of the Institute for Science and International Security David Albright; FDD’s CEO Mark Dubowitz; and Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress Brian Katulis.

12th February 2016 - 6:03 PM

Rising Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Geopolitical and Energy Security Implications

The latest increase in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia raises questions about the potential for further instability in the region and possible oil supply disruptions. These risks are most apparent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home both to more than half of the nation’s oil production and a Shia majority. The panel discussion will focus on how these developments are impacting U.S. national and energy security interests at a time when Iran sanctions are being lifted, allowing Tehran to export its petroleum, further adding to an oversupplied global oil market.