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17th June 2014 – Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg News

Obama Courting Iran for Help in Iraq Risks Backlash

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran to help thwart Sunni militants in Iraq may upset regional allies and risk a domestic political backlash. more...

17th June 2014 – Quoted by Rick Gladstone & Thomas Erdbrink - The New York Times

US And Iran Signal Joint Effort In Iraq Crisis; US May Send Special Forces

Mark Dubowitz

The United States and Iran signaled on Monday increased willingness to work together to arrest the expanding Sunni insurgency in Iraq, and US officials said the White House also is considering sending a small number of special forces troops to Iraq to help the government slow the insurgency. more...

16th June 2014 – Quoted by Michael R. Gordan & David E. Sanger - The New York Times

U.S. Is Exploring Talks With Iran On Crisis In Iraq

Mark Dubowitz

A senior American diplomat met with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna on Monday to explore whether the United States and Iran could work together... more...

16th June 2014 – Buzzfeed Politics

Lindsey Graham An Outlier On The Right On Iraq Crisis

Mark Dubowitz

Garbled messages from the right as everyone figures out their position on working with Iran. more...

16th June 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama Goes To Iran (!) For Help With Iraq

Mark Dubowitz, Clifford D. May

As I wrote last week, our allies in the Middle East and human rights activists in Iran fear that the administration will jettison all issues in the interest of getting a nuclear deal with Iran. more...

15th June 2014 – Quoted by Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Here’s Why The Iraq Crisis ‘Plays Right Into Iran’s Hand’

Jonathan Schanzer

Iraq is falling apart, and Iran is eager to help America save face (again). more...

13th June 2014 – Quoted by Arshad Mohammed & Timothy Gardner - Reuters

Why Higher Iran Oil Exports Are Not Roiling Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

At first glance, Iran appears to have exported more oil than allowed under a nuclear agreement with major powers, but rather than complaining, U.S. officials argue Tehran is skating just inside the deal's ambiguous limits. more...

13th June 2014 – Al Jazeera

Nuclear Negotiations With The Islamic Republic

Ali Alfoneh

An interview with FDD expert, Ali Alfoneh, on nuclear negotiations with Iran. more...

13th June 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Heading For Disaster In Iran

Ali Alfoneh

As Iraq descends into chaos, the looming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran hangs over the Middle East. more...

12th June 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon

State Dept Confirms: Iran Now Shipping Oil to Syria

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department confirmed on Wednesday that Iran has been shipping crude oil to Syria for the past several months, behavior that some experts say is in direct violation... more...

12th June 2014 – Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Anthony DiPaola, Bloomberg News

Growing Iran Oil Exports Challenge U.S. Nuclear Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s oil exports have risen this year, according to Bloomberg calculations, a trend that threatens to violate U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s main source of revenue. more...

11th June 2014 – Quoted by Matt Schiavenza, International Business Times

How ISIS Realigns The Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has, seemingly overnight, emerged as a major player in the Middle East. On Wednesday, fresh from their stunning capture... more...

10th June 2014 – Quoted by Omri Ceren - The Tower

Deepening Entente With Iran “Raises Questions About Turkey’s Reliability As A U.S. Ally”

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

An official visit to Turkey by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani triggered a flurry of diplomatic statements and economic agreements celebrated by both sides on Monday, announcements that were read by observers as straightforward... more...

10th June 2014 – Quoted by Shahrzad Elghanayan - The New York Times

Clerical Rules, Luxury Lifestyle

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nouveaux riches in Tehran drive Porsches, Ferraris and Maseratis and live in multimillion-dollar luxury apartments replete with walk-in closets, Bosch appliances and computerized shower systems. more...

9th June 2014 – Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu - Bloomberg

Iranian President Visits Turkey First Time in 18 Years

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Turkey today for the first state visit by an Iranian president in 18 years... more...

7th June 2014 – Quoted by Jpost

Iranian President Visiting Turkey, Will Sign Agreements Strengthening Ties

Jonathan Schanzer

Ankara, Tehran look to increase economic cooperation with first Iranian presidential visit to Turkey in 18 years. more...

3rd June 2014 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Forward

U.S. Warms To Palestinian Unity As Israel Fumes

Jonathan Schanzer

The new Palestinian unity government brought together rivals Hamas and Fatah, but it has opened a divide between allies Israel and the United States. more...

3rd June 2014 – Quoted by Annie Lowrey - The New York Times

Aiming Financial Weapons From Treasury War Room

Mark Dubowitz

In a dingy suite of offices in a Treasury Department annex, the troops work into the night... more...

2nd June 2014 – Quoted by Kira Zalan and Colby Adams - ACAMS MoneyLaundering

U.S. Treasury Official Says EU Court Rulings Threaten Sanctions Efforts

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Recent European court decisions against the EU designations of Iranian banks... more...

29th May 2014 – World Politics Review

Factions In U.S., Iran Continue To Dispute Purpose Of Talks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Representatives from the six-country negotiating group known as the P5+1 and Iran met earlier this month for talks on Iran’s nuclear program that observers... more...


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26th August 2014 - 11:45 AM

Polling the Iranian Street: A Look Inside the Prospects for Reform in Iran

The IMF reports that Iran is experiencing a modest economic recovery. While the Iranian regime has used the breathing space to build greater resiliency, the overall standard of living for the Iranian people is not improving. At the same time, the tempo of arrests and executions has increased, freedom of the press has been further curtailed, Green Movement leaders Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi remain in isolation, and public protests over Iranian involvement in Syria and Iraq have increased.

What does President Rouhani’s failure to improve economic conditions and human rights for average Iranians say about his political will and Iran’s capacity for meaningful reform? Is there still a significant domestic movement for real reform? What do these and other factors indicate for the strength and stability of the Iranian regime? How do these factors impact P5+1 negotiations and future U.S. policy towards Iran?

17th July 2014 - 11:45 AM

High Standards and High Stakes: Defining Terms of an Acceptable Iran Nuclear Deal

As the P5+1 approaches the July 20th deadline for a final Iran nuclear deal, what standards should Congress seek in an acceptable agreement? And what are the stakes for the United States and its allies? Join BPC, FPI, and FDD for a public forum on these and other questions featuring Members of Congress and experts.