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11th November 2014 – Quoted by Michael Crowley and Burgess Everett - Politico

Preemptive Strike

Mark Dubowitz

Two weeks before a crucial diplomatic deadline, newly victorious Republicans in Congress are plotting to derail one of Barack Obama’s few remaining chances for a second-term policy legacy: a nuclear deal with Iran. more...

10th November 2014 – Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

If Iran Says ‘Yes’

Mark Dubowitz

I am on record predicting that a nuclear deal with Iran will founder on the opposition of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei. more...

6th November 2014 – Cited by Arash Karami - Al-Monitor

Some in Iran Worry Republican Victory Could Derail Talks

Mark Dubowitz

In the midterm elections Nov. 4, Republicans took back control of the Senate from the Democrats, giving them full control of Congress with just two years left in office for President Barack Obama. more...

6th November 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Quietly Fearful of Republican Takeover of Congress

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian leaders are quietly expressing fear about the Republican takeover of Congress Tuesday night, with many conveying concerns that Tehran has lost a key bloc of U.S. Democrats who wanted to roll back economic sanctions and hand Iran a favorable nuclear deal, according to an internal CIA analysis and Farsi language reports. more...

5th November 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Midterms Change the Iran Equation

Mark Dubowitz

News reports tell us: “The Obama administration has agreed to allow Iran to operate 6,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium, up from a proposed ceiling of 4,000 reported two weeks ago, as part of negotiations for a nuclear deal, according to a website approved by the Iranian government. . . . Skeptics of a potential deal, including many U.S. lawmakers and Israel, worry that the administration may be too lenient in allowing Iran to keep centrifuges.” more...

5th November 2014 – Quoted by Ivan Couronne - Agence France-Presse

New Republican Congress Could Counter Obama on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

After the election drubbing suffered by his Democrats, President Barack Obama will face a Republican-controlled Congress critical of his foreign policy -- and which could rebel against any eventual Iran nuclear accord. more...

5th November 2014 – Quoted by John Hudson - Foreign Policy

Five Republicans Who Will Dominate on Foreign Policy in the Next Congress

Mark Dubowitz

The Republican wave that ripped through a series of House and Senate races on Tuesday will usher in a handful of new lawmakers whose voices will definitely be heard on U.S. foreign policy and national security issues in the fourth quarter of President Barack Obama's tenure. more...

5th November 2014 – Quoted by Armin Rosen, Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama’s Biggest Foreign Goal Just Got Vastly Harder

Mark Dubowitz

Tuesday's wave of Republican congressional victories sets up a potential showdown over perhaps the biggest foreign-policy initiative of President Barack Obama's second term, an effort that one of his top advisers has likened to Obamacare in its importance: the pursuit of a final nuclear agreement with Iran. more...

4th November 2014 – Quoted by Golnaz Esfandiari - Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty

Iran’s Culture Ministry Defends ‘Successful’ U.S. Presence

Ali Alfoneh

Iran's Culture Ministry has defended the "successful presence" of an Iranian delegation in an October 28 conference in Pittsburgh that was reportedly also attended by State Department official Greg Sullivan. more...

31st October 2014 – Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

State Dept., Iran Officials Meet at Pittsburgh Business Forum

Ali Alfoneh

A delegation of Iranian officials paid a quiet visit to the United States this week to meet with corporate leaders and a senior State Department representative at a business forum in Pittsburgh on Tuesday. more...

31st October 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry Sounds Sensible on Iran?!

Mark Dubowitz

In an interview on Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, for the first time, something reassuring about the Iran “P5+1″ talks. more...

29th October 2014 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

An Iran Deal in Which Both Sides Can Claim Victory

Mark Dubowitz

Is the Obama administration preparing the ground for an Iran nuclear deal — one in which both sides can claim victory? more...

28th October 2014 – Cited by Omri Ceren - The Tower

Analysts Worry Over “Cascade of US Concessions” as Iran Nuke Talks Near Deadline

Mark Dubowitz

Al Arabiya on Monday (link in Arabic) cataloged a series of concessions that the Obama administration is rumored to have made to Iran as negotiations approach the upcoming November 24 deadline. more...

27th October 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Has a Deal With Iran Stalled?

Mark Dubowitz

We are counting down the days not only to the midterm election but to the Nov. 24 deadline in the P5+1 Iran talks. more...

24th October 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hints of An Iran Giveaway

Mark Dubowitz

Our lead negotiator at the P5+1 talks, Wendy Sherman, gave a speech Thursday on the status of the negotiation. If her aim was to say nothing of any import, she almost succeeded. more...

23rd October 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon. more...

23rd October 2014 – Quoted by Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

Hawks on the Hunt: GOP Pounces on Obama Foreign Policy Flubs for Poll Edge

Clifford D. May

Republicans are putting President Obama’s foreign policy on the ballot this year, and with the GOP poised to make big gains, including possibly capturing control of the Senate, the White House will see more constraints on its policies toward Ukraine, Iran and the Islamic State terrorists. more...

21st October 2014 – Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama Might Try To Circumvent Congress On An Iran Deal — And He’s Already Getting An Earful

Mark Dubowitz

Anonymous Obama administration officials suggested that US President Barack Obama might try to circumvent Congress on approval of any deal with Iran on its nuclear program, prompting bipartisan backlash from members of Congress and from pundits. more...

19th October 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Chasing a Bad Deal With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Reporting on the “P5+1″ talks over the last month or so suggests the administration is trying one gambit after another in a desperate attempt to strike a deal by the Nov. 24 deadline, which was extended from July 20. more...

14th October 2014 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran Executions Surge Amid U.S. Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s abuse of human rights, including the hangings of hundreds of dubiously convicted citizens — in several cases minors — has soared over the past year, even as the Obama administration has yielded to Tehran’s demand for an extension in precarious international talks over the Islamic republic’s disputed 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.