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15th October 2014 – Cited by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Why It Doesn’t Really Matter That So Many Iranian Leaders Have Been Educated In The US

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Yesterday, Reza Aslan, a creative writing professor at the University of California at Riverside and widely respected public commentator on religious affairs, tweeted that "Iran currently has the highest number of US college alums serving in any foreign government cabinet in the world," and included a helpful pictorial guide. more...

14th October 2014 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Iran’s Message to World: You Need Us to Fight Islamists

Ali Alfoneh

In the fight against Islamic extremists, the commander of Iran’s secretive special forces is turning into an unlikely celebrity. 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...

12th October 2014 – Quoted by Sohrab Ahmari - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Gears Up to Open for Business

Next month marks the anniversary of the Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear-weapons program. more...

10th October 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Did Israel Sabotage Iran’s Illicit Nuclear Facilities at Parchin?

Tony Badran

Experts continue to debate whether the explosion at an Iranian military base at Parchin earlier in the week was an act of sabotage. more...

6th October 2014 – Cited by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Explosion at Iran Nuke Site Kills Two, Iran Says

A large explosion near a suspected nuclear site in Iran has reportedly killed two people and prompted speculation of sabotage at a military site long suspected of housing Tehran’s clandestine nuclear activities, according Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO), which operates under the country’s Ministry of Defense. more...

4th October 2014 – Quoted by Eric R. Mandel - The Jerusalem Post

US-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Ayatollah Khamenei believes that Iran has improved its negotiating position relative to the US because of their shared interest in defeating Islamic State (IS). more...

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 -

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...

23rd September 2014 – Cited by Gill Gillespie and Shabnam Assadollahi - Gatestone Institute

Iran - Still in the Axis of Evil

Mark Dubowitz

As Hassan Rouhani, the supposed "moderate" Iran President, is soon to visit New York to continue nuclear negotiations with the G5 + 1, it is important to remember that the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to be among the largest funders and promoters of terrorism worldwide, and remember as well the continuing human rights atrocities that the regime has committed against its people since it came into power in 1979. more...

22nd September 2014 – Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

What Obama Knows

Serious people feel an obligation to listen whenever Barack Obama speaks. 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...


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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?