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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 Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Hezbollah Threats to Israel ‘Emboldened’ by Improved American-Iranian Ties, Expert Says

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has delivered a fiery speech emphasizing that the Lebanese Shi’a terrorist group is ready for a renewed war with Israel, despite the fact that much of its military resources are being consumed in its defense of Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syria. 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 Armin Rosen, Jeremy Bender, Amanda Macias - Business Insider

The Most Powerful Militaries In The Middle East

Patrick Megahan

The balance of power in the Middle East is in disarray: A three-year civil war has torn apart Syria and opened up a vacuum for the rise of the Islamic State group; Sunni powers led by Saudi Arabia continue to face off against Shi'ite powers led by Iran; other countries are reeling from uprisings in the Arab Spring; and foreign powers are all taking sides. 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...

24th October 2014 – Cited by Janine Davidson - Council on Foreign Relations

“Syria’s Stalingrad;” The Hunt for a Submarine (?) in October

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Your Weekend Reader, parsing the best stories of the week: 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...

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...

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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?