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18th July 2014 – Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Until Late November

Mark Dubowitz

Iran agreed to new steps to contain its nuclear work in exchange for additional sanctions relief from the U.S. as the two sides extended negotiations for four more months to reach a comprehensive deal. more...

17th July 2014 – Quoted by Justyna Pawlak and Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

West Considers Early Sanctions Moves in Troubled Iran Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord at an impasse, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process to try to wring concessions from Tehran, diplomats say. more...

17th July 2014 – Cited by Martina Sabra - Qantara

The Man Who Pulls the Strings

Ali Alfoneh

Iran is battling Saudi Arabia for regional supremacy in the Middle East, and is steadily expanding its sphere of influence in Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. more...

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

John Kerry’s Routine Wears Thin

Mark Dubowitz

Even for him, Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks in Vienna on Tuesday were remarkably silly. 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...

14th July 2014 – Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Thank Obama For Iran’s Growing Economy

Mark Dubowitz

The White House eased pressure on Tehran to get a preliminary nuclear deal. But Iran’s economy has bounced back fast, undercutting Western leverage as the talks’ deadline looms. more...

10th July 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Israeli Ambassador: Hamas Using Iranian Rockets to Attack Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

The terror group Hamas has begun deploying against Israel advanced long-range missiles provided to the militant group by Iran, forcing the Israeli military to specifically target these weapons caches in air strikes, according to Israel’s ambassador to the United States. more...

8th July 2014 – Quoted by John Hudson & Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy

New Khamenei Demands Make Tough Iranian Nuke Talks Even Tougher

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has laid out an unusually detailed set of demands for what he would accept in a nuclear deal, further complicating the high-stakes efforts to reach an agreement before a July 20 deadline. more...

7th July 2014 – Mentioned by Brett Logiurato & Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Forming Alliances We Never Thought Possible

Tony Badran

Here's how quickly things can change in the volatile Middle East: Less than one year ago, President Barack Obama considered airstrikes against military targets held by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a chemical weapons attack killed as many as 1,400 people in the capital. more...

2nd July 2014 – Mentioned by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Holding the line on Iran sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

At a time President Obama’s approval ratings are spiraling downward and Americans regard him as the worst post-World War II president, the United States nevertheless is stuck with an increasingly whiny, irrelevant and weakened chief executive. more...

2nd July 2014 – Mentioned by Peter Kenyon - NPR

Morning Edition

Mark Dubowitz

After a decade of on again off again talks between the West and Iran over its nuclear program, a last round begins Wednesday in Vienna. Negotiators have set July 20 as the deadline to reach a deal. more...

2nd July 2014 – Quoted by Michael Weiss - The Daily Beast

Iran’s Top Spy Is The Modern-Day Karla, John Le Carré‘s Villainous Mastermind

Reuel Marc Gerecht

What the head of Iran’s Quds Force has in common with the greatest Soviet spy who never existed. more...

1st July 2014 – Quoted by Jonathan Saul & Alex Lawler - Reuters

Iran’s Oil Exports Drop In June, Stay Above Western Limits

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's crude oil exports dropped in June after a spike in May, yet sales were still above the level allowed by an interim deal aimed at curbing Tehran's nuclear programme, according to sources who track tanker movements. more...

27th June 2014 – Cited and Quoted by John Hudson - Foreign Policy

The Hawks’ Playbook For Opposing An Obama Nuclear Deal With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Though the United States has yet to secure a final deal to restrain Iran's nuclear program, an influential pair of hawks in Washington have already devised a way for Congress to unravel any potential agreement after the ink is dry. more...

27th June 2014 – Quoted by Al Jazeera

Analysis: Iran’s Double Game In Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

As the fireball exploded on Iran's western border and fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) swept through northern Iraq at a startling pace, a sense of urgency shrouded Tehran. more...

25th June 2014 – Cited by Real Clear World

Don’t Forget Iran’s Sexual Minorities

Benjamin Weinthal

While the world powers prepare for a July negotiation session with Iran over its illicit nuclear program, the deteriorating situation for sexual minorities continues unabated. more...

25th June 2014 – Mentioned by GayAsiaNews

Rights leader tells US Congress of Iran’s persecution of LGBT community

Toby Dershowitz

Leader of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has urged the US Congress to help end the discriminatory and dangerous state of Iran’s LGBT human rights. more...

20th June 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

The Iranian Regime’s Mr. Fix It

Ali Alfoneh

Qassem Suleimani is apparently the most interesting man in the world. more...

19th June 2014 – Mentioned by Michael K. Lavers - The Washington Blade

Iran A ‘Paradox’ For LGBTs

Arsham Parsi, a participant of and FDD and FPI co-sponsored event, Dashed Hopes: Iran's Human Rights Record Under Rouhani, is interviewed by the Washington Blade. more...

18th June 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Three boys, Iran and American Retreat

Jonathan Schanzer

Last Thursday three Israeli teens — Naftali Fraenkel and Gilad Shaar, both 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19 — were kidnapped while hitchhiking home from school. more...


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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? 


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?