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15th May 2015 – Quoted by Lord Maginnis - The Hill

Gulf States No Longer Trust US Leadership, With Good Reason

Tony Badran

The White House has made a strong effort to downplay the apparent diplomatic snub that is Saudi King Salman’s decision not to attend this week’s Washington summit with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders. more...

13th May 2015 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Congress Has Little Chance of Influencing Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran deal may not be done, but bids by its opponents to shape it are all but buried. more...

12th May 2015 – Quoted by JPost Staff - The Jerusalem Post

Sale of Planes to Iran Points to Crack in Iran Sanctions Regime

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A nuclear deal with Iran has yet to be signed but the sanctions regime against the Islamic Republic appears to be crumbling already. more...

11th May 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Defying Sanctions, Iranian Airline with Terror Ties Buys New Planes

Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline that has been sanctioned due to ties with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has purchased nine planes in violation of existing sanctions, the Financial Times reported today. According to the report, the airline, Mahan Air, purchased the planes from European companies using a front company. more...

11th May 2015 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

With Plane Delivery, Iran Sanctions Collapsing Already

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With a deadline to end nuclear negotiations less than two months away, the crippling sanctions against Iran are already beginning to collapse. The latest evidence came over the weekend when nine used commercial airliners arrived in Iran to bolster the fleet of Mahan Air. more...

6th May 2015 – Quoted by Natalie Obiko Pearson and Siddarth Vikram Philip - Bloomberg

India Companies to Improve Iran Port Despite U.S. Pleas

Mark Dubowitz

The Indian government agreed to let the nation’s companies upgrade facilities at a port in Iran, despite U.S. warnings not to rush into investments in the country before a nuclear deal is completed. more...

6th May 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What We Learned From the Corker-Menendez Tussle

Mark Dubowitz

On Tuesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) moved to end debate on the Corker-Menendez bill seeking to give Congress some leverage in a final Iran deal. more...

4th May 2015 – Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Obama’s New Answers on Iran Fall Flat

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Top Obama administration officials have released new details about how they would lift most sanctions against Iran. Those are unnerving some experts, who doubt the administration’s claims about the sanctions will hold up. more...

29th April 2015 – Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Alex Lawler - Reuters

Iran’s Oil Exports Rise in April After Framework Nuclear Accord

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's crude oil exports have risen in April following softer sales last month, helped by a framework nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers and the possibility that Western sanctions could be lifted soon. more...

27th April 2015 – Quoted by Matthew J. Brodsky - The Jerusalem Post

Leveraging Sanctions With Iran

Having leaders already negotiated terms that would leave its entire nuclear-related infrastructure intact, Iran’s leaders shifted their focus to securing sanctions relief. Unfortunately, sanctions are America’s only insurance policy that Iran will keep up its end of the bargain – and even then it is dubious insurance at best. Absent a credible military threat, it constitutes the remaining leverage at Washington’s disposal. more...

17th April 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

James Baker Is Wrong: The Iran Deal Can’t Be Fixed

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Each day brings more evidence that the Iran framework is a farce. more...

12th April 2015 – Quoted by Robert McFarlane - The Washington Times

The Means of Coercing Iran

Mark Dubowitz

How would the prospects for stability in the Middle East be affected if Iran were to succeed in its effort to become a nuclear power? In what ways might we expect Iran to behave differently? more...

10th April 2015 – Quoted by Nicole Gaudiano - USA Today

Sen. Menendez to Pivot From Bribery Case to Iran Bill

Mark Dubowitz

Embattled Sen. Robert Menendez will have a diminished role when he returns to the Senate next week. But he probably won't speak with a diminished voice when a key committee takes up his bill on Iran. more...

6th April 2015 – Quoted by Amir Paivar - BBC News

Iran nuclear deal has hungry investors circling

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A preliminary deal between Iran and world powers, which will see international sanctions lifted in return for Iranian curbs on its nuclear programme, has boosted the appetite for doing business in Iran at the earliest opportunity. more...

6th April 2015 – Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

Obama and the ‘Inevitable Critics’

Mark Dubowitz

‘So when you hear the inevitable critics of the deal sound off, ask them a simple question: Do you really think that this verifiable deal, if fully implemented, backed by the world’s major powers, is a worse option than the risk of another war in the Middle East?” more...

5th April 2015 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran nuclear agreement faces tough road ahead

Mark Dubowitz

The framework nuclear agreement announced Thursday between world powers and Iran sets the stage for Congress and foreign nations to try to change — or kill — a final deal. more...

3rd April 2015 – Quoted by Julie Hirschfeld Davis - The New York Times

With Iran Deal in Hand, White House Makes Sales Pitch to Preserve It

Mark Dubowitz

Even before President Obama strode into the Rose Garden on Thursday to announce a historic understanding to restrain Iran’s nuclear program, an elaborate White House salesmanship effort for the deal was underway. more...

31st March 2015 – Quoted by Marisa Schultz - NY Post

Schumer facing first big test in Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

Sen. Charles Schumer, a strong ally of the White House and of Israel, faces his first big test as heir apparent to the Senate Democratic leadership over a possible Iran nuclear deal. more...

30th March 2015 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Obama surrendered leverage in Iran nuke talks by easing sanctions, critics say

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. and Iranian negotiators struggled to clinch a nuclear deal as Tuesday’s self-imposed deadline drew ever nearer, even as critics said the White House already had given up a key point of leverage by easing pressure on Iran’s economy in the months leading up to a prospective deal. more...

30th March 2015 – Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire

Mark Dubowitz

The centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda is hanging in the balance Tuesday as negotiators struggle to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program. 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.