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1st October 2014 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

US Talk of Thawing Iran Relations Highlights Rift with Israel

Mark Dubowitz

Obama administration officials and Iran skeptics, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are presenting starkly different outlooks of what the world would look like should negotiators meet a Nov. 24 deadline and strike a nuclear deal. more...

29th September 2014 – Cited by Rebeccah Henrichs - AL.com

A Renewed Call for Homeland Missile Defense: Guest Opinion

Behnam Ben Taleblu

When the GMD interceptor (stands for Ground-based Midcourse Defense) destroyed a target ballistic missile above the earth's atmosphere in June, it proved once again, as it has on eight other occasions, that hit-to-kill technology works, and is worth the investment. more...

28th September 2014 – Cited by The Wall Street Journal

Iran Makes the Rules

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama sucked up most of the media oxygen at the United Nations last week with his call for collective action against the Islamic State and other jihadists. But if anyone made real news from the General Assembly's green-marble podium, it was Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. The fabled Iranian moderate's unsubtle message: You'll play by our rules now. more...

26th September 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran’s Rouhani Calls for Renewed U.S. - Iranian Trust

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Friday for renewed trust between his country and the United States and said, "It's not set in stone" that relations between the two countries will always be bad. more...

25th September 2014 – Quoted by Josh Rogin and Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Will Iran Sell Out Al Qaeda for Nukes?

Thomas Joscelyn

The Iranians want to make a deal with the U.S.: They help us fight terror in exchange for nuclear concessions. Tehran could start by giving up the al Qaeda leaders it’s harboring. more...

24th September 2014 – Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Henning Gloystein - Reuters

EU Plans for Iran Gas Imports If Sanctions Go

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran, as relations with Tehran thaw while those with top gas supplier Russia grow chillier. more...

23rd September 2014 – Cited by Omri Ceren - The Tower

Analysts Blast Proposed Deal on Iran Centrifuge “Plumbing”

Mark Dubowitz

The New York Times revealed this weekend that the United States was “open” to an agreement with Iran that would allow the Islamic Republic to unplug the “plumbing” on its uranium enrichment infrastructure in exchange for wide-ranging sanctions relief, functionally reversing what had long been the West’s insistence that the Iranians dismantle that infrastructure. more...

23rd September 2014 – Cited by the Tower

Expert: “Fundamental Agreement” Between Rouhani and Iranian Hardliners on Nuclear Objectives

Mark Dubowitz

In an interview on Friday with the Foreign Policy Association, Foundation for Defense of Democracies executive director Mark Dubowitz explained that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the hardliners of the regime have identical goals, with both seeking “the achievement of nuclear weapons capacity” for Iran. more...

22nd September 2014 – Quoted by Toby Tabachnick - The Jewish Chronicle

NGO Speakers Here Push for Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Two advisory members of the Iran Project — an independent nongovernmental entity that calls for improving the relationship between the United States and Iran and reducing “misunderstandings” between the two countries — were in Pittsburgh last week to garner public support for continued negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. more...

19th September 2014 – Quoted by Rebeccah Heinrichs - The Washington Examiner

Missile Defense is Not Optional

Behnam Ben Taleblu

This summer marked the ninth occasion on which hit-to-kill missile defense technology proved its worth. more...

19th September 2014 – Interviewed by Reza Akhlagi - Foreign Policy Association

Candid Discussions: Mark Dubowitz on Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, nonproliferation, and countering electronic repression. more...

3rd September 2014 – Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

NATO Plans New Military Outposts to Stop Putin—Just Don’t Call Them Bases

Mark Dubowitz

With Russian forces entering into Ukraine, NATO is putting together a plan to place the alliance’s troops in bases behind the former Iron Curtain. One U.S. official who was not authorized to speak to the press said the presence of U.S. troops inside these bases in Poland, Romania, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia would act as a “tripwire for Russia. If Putin considers any military action in these countries, they will know that they will be involving U.S. forces too.” more...

17th August 2014 – Quoted by Jeremy Kahn - Bloomberg

Iran Lures Investors Seeing Nuclear Deal Ending Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

On a May afternoon in Tehran, a Russian in a dark suit sits in the crowded lobby cafe of the Espinas Persian Gulf International Hotel with his Farsi translator, sipping coffee with potential Iranian partners while discussing the price of soy fiber. more...

7th August 2014 – Quoted by Armin Rosen, Michael B. Kelley, and Hunter Walker - Business Insider

Russia And Iran Reportedly Signed A Huge Oil Deal — But No One Knows The Details

Mark Dubowitz

Iran and Russia may have just signed a major $20 billion oil deal, as reported by Russia's Itar-Tass, Iran's Fars News, and the Telegraph on Wednesday. more...

21st July 2014 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Ex-CIA Chief Says This Would Be the ‘Darkest Day’ for Iran and Russia

James Woolsey

Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Monday that alternative fuel is the only way to truly weaken Iran’s and Russia’s positions in the world. more...

21st July 2014 – Cited by Evan Moore - U.S. News

Force Iran to Make a Choice

The United States and other world powers extended the deadline to reach a comprehensive final agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program to November 24, 2014. more...

20th July 2014 – Quoted by Brett Logiurato & Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Obama Is Now Boxed In By The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is playing the long game in negotiations over its nuclear program. And it may have already boxed in U.S. President Barack Obama, with help from an increasingly tumultuous state of world affairs. more...

20th July 2014 – Quoted by Michael Wilner - Jerusalem Post

Israel Resigned to Four Months in Global Diplomatic Effort with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

As deal deadline passes, American officials promise to stay tough on Iran; Netanyahu prefers extension to bad deal, officials tell ‘Post,’ as White House says final accord ‘shaping up.’ more...

20th July 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Persian Nuclear Carpet Ride

Negotiating with Tehran is often compared to haggling in a Mideast bazaar, and after Friday's decision to extend talks over the country's nuclear program we're reminded why. In exchange for essentially no concessions, the mullahs were given $2.8 billion in hard cash to keep talking for another four months. more...

15th July 2014 – Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Tangible Progress Made in Iran Nuclear Talks, Kerry Says

Mark Dubowitz

Nuclear talks between Iran and six powers were set to extend past the July 20 target date as Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif cited significant progress Tuesday, while saying much work remains. 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?