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18th March 2015 – Quoted by Jonathan Tirone, Indira Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

Iran Centrifuge Test Was Error, Not Cheating, U.S. Officials Say

Mark Dubowitz

When nuclear monitors said Iran had started testing a single advanced centrifuge last year, some U.S. politicians and analysts jumped on the report as proof the Islamic Republic can’t be trusted. more...

16th March 2015 – Quoted by The Algemeiner

Expert Fears White House Deliberately ‘Whitewashing’ Iran, Hezbollah Terror Threat

Clifford D. May

A recent US Intelligence report which appears to downplay the terrorist activities from Iran and its proxy groups has raised questions about what could have motivated the change from previous similar reports. more...

15th March 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Is Iran Playing the U.S. in the Nuclear Talks

Ali Alfoneh

Hiding in the standoff between President Obama and Congress over how to deal with international negotiations aimed at limiting Iran's nuclear program is a very real concern: whether the United States is getting played by Tehran. more...

14th March 2015 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Crunch Time as Iran Nuclear Talks Resume

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State John F. Kerry flies to Switzerland on Sunday for the next round of talks over Iran’s nuclear program, amid soaring expectations that a historic agreement is imminent. more...

13th March 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Instructs U.S. to Bypass Congress on Deal, Go to U.N.

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian government is urging the United States to go straight to the United Nations to finalize any agreement reached in the coming weeks regarding Tehran’s contested nuclear program without seeking congressional approval. more...

13th March 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Iran Scheme is Laid Bare

Mark Dubowitz

We surmised yesterday that the Obama administration had the idea to go to the United Nations to pass by resolution what Congress would never agree to: a lifting of sanctions on Iran in exchange for a nearly worthless deal in which Iran would keep thousands of centrifuges and get a 10-year glide path to nuclear breakout. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), seeing what was afoot, demanded an explanation from the White House, calling such a scheme an “affront to the American people.” more...

13th March 2015 – Quoted by Jamila Trindle - Foreign Policy

Breaking Up Sanctions Is Hard to Do

Jonathan Schanzer

A historic nuclear deal with Iran is in sight, but unraveling the web of financial embargoes, asset freezes, and restricted oil sales won’t be easy. more...

12th March 2015 – Quoted by Hayes Brown - BuzzFeed

U.S. “Has No Intention” Of Using United Nations To Cement Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. has “no intention” of using the United Nations to lock into place any potential deal with Iran over its nuclear program, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. more...

12th March 2015 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

In Iran Nuclear Talks, It’s All in a Name

Mark Dubowitz

There are many words being bandied about to describe the deal likely to emerge from the world’s most talked-about diplomatic negotiations — the ones focused on Iran’s nuclear program. more...

11th March 2015 – Quoted by Susan Crabtree - The Washington Examiner

Obama’s Unilateral Actions Could Doom Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama's plan to use executive actions and national security waivers to suspend sanctions on Iran are becoming the next battleground in his quest for a nuclear deal — and the virtually unprecedented move could end up sinking the deal. more...

10th March 2015 – Quoted by Neil Munro - The Daily Caller

Obama: GOP Wants To Ally With Iranian ‘Hardliners’

Jonathan Schanzer

President Barack Obama said Monday afternoon that Republican legislators want to ally with “the hardliners in Iran” who supposedly don’t want a nuclear agreement with the U.S. more...

10th March 2015 – Quoted by Stephen Collinson - CNN

GOP Warns Iran, and White House

Mark Dubowitz

The GOP is so committed to thwarting President Barack Obama's deal-making with Iran that it resorted to a tactic it has long condemned him for using -- writing a letter to Tehran. more...

9th March 2015 – Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Iran Nuclear Deadline Likely to Slip

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators trying to strike a nuclear deal with Iran believe they may soon reach a framework agreement — but probably not before a March 24 deadline for Congressional action that threatens to blow up the talks. more...

9th March 2015 – Quoted by Peter Foster - The Telegraph

Future President Could Revoke Barack Obama’s Nuclear Deal with Iran, Republicans Warn

Mark Dubowitz

As negotiations for a deal over Iran’s nuclear programme reach critical stage, Senate Republicans warn Obama administration can only waive sanctions temporarily. more...

5th March 2015 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The Obama Administration’s Response to Netanyahu is Premised on One Very Shaky Assumption

Mark Dubowitz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress on Tuesday has had no effect on the ongoing negotiations over the Iranian nuclear agreement in Geneva, at least according to Iranian Foreign Minster Javad Zarif. more...

5th March 2015 – Cited by the Tower

Fact Check: The President’s Misleading Charge About Sanctions Relief

In an interview with Reuters on Monday ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama attempted to undermine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s credibility on the Iranian issue by saying that Netanyahu had made inaccurate statements about the outcomes of negotiations. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Julie Hirschfeld David, Michael D. Shear - The New York Times

Netanyahu Speech Raises Burden for Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama’s task of selling a potential nuclear agreement with Iran to a skeptical Congress became far harder on Tuesday after an impassioned speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to lawmakers already nervous about the deal. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Lora Moftah - International Business Times

Iran’s Government Tries To Capitalize On Netanyahu Speech Tensions For Domestic Political Boost

Ali Alfoneh

Iran has closely watched the controversy that erupted around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday speech to Congress, with political factions in the country vying to capitalize on the tensions between Israel’s government and the administration of President Barack Obama. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Bryan Bender, Matt Viser - The Boston Globe

John Kerry’s Iran Diplomacy in Cross Hairs of Partisan Battle

Mark Dubowitz

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks a joint session of Congress Tuesday to take a tougher stance against Iran, perhaps no American official will have more on the line — personally and professionally — than Secretary of State John F. Kerry. more...

2nd March 2015 – Cited by Mike Fegelman - National Post

Don’t Trust Tehran

In the path towards a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, the devil will certainly be in the details. 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.