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2nd April 2015 – Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

A Foreign Policy Gamble by Obama at a Moment of Truth

Reuel Marc Gerecht

On the day he took office, President Obama reached out to America’s enemies, offering in his first inaugural address to “extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.” More than six years later, he has arrived at a moment of truth in testing that proposition with one of the nation’s most intransigent adversaries. more...

2nd April 2015 – Quoted by David Lerman - Bloomberg Politics

Iran’s Twitter Brushback Means Tough Path Ahead For Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Within hours of an initial agreement to curb its nuclear program, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif posted a tweet disputing a U.S. “fact sheet” on the accord. more...

1st April 2015 – Quoted by Lesley Clark - McClatchy DC Bureau

Iran talks could be pivotal to Obama’s legacy

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama’s ambitious bid to limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities poses one of the greatest foreign policy challenges of his presidency. more...

1st April 2015 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran Nuclear Talks: More Wrangling Ahead

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiations in Switzerland over Iran's nuclear program continue to be extended while the world awaits a final result. more...

1st April 2015 – Quoted by Christopher Dickey - The Daily Beast

The Iran Talks: Nuclear Schizophrenia

John Hannah

The Iranian and American negotiators in Switzerland apparently have decided to kick the nuclear can a little farther down the road and hope like hell that sometime soon—at least before the end of June—they can finally hold it up like a trophy and declare there will be peace in our time. more...

31st March 2015 – Mentioned by Joel Himelfarb - Newsmax

Reports: Iran Concealing Nuclear Materials in North Korea, Syria Read Latest Breaking News from New

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

As suspicions grow that Iran may be hiding nuclear material in North Korea, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dismissed the possibility and suggested that it was a strange concept, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday. more...

31st March 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Experts: Iran Housing Nuke Materials in North Korea, Syria

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A top State Department official on Monday dismissed reports that Iran may be hiding key nuclear-related assets in North Korea and implied that she was unaware of the possibility, despite the publication this weekend of several articles by top analysts expressing alarm at the extent of nuclear cooperation between Tehran and Pyongyang. more...

31st March 2015 – News Service

Amid Nuclear Talks, Iran Forges Ahead with Middle East Power Play

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the world awaits the results of nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, the Middle East continue to struggle with various conflicts across the region. more...

31st March 2015 – Quoted by Hugh Tomlinson, David Taylor - The Times

Obama ‘giving too much away’ to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The US has made fundamental mistakes in nuclear negotiations with Iran that have wrecked the chances for a good deal, an expert on Tehran’s ambitions has claimed. more...

31st March 2015 – Quoted by Marisa Schultz - NY Post

Schumer facing first big test in Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

Sen. Charles Schumer, a strong ally of the White House and of Israel, faces his first big test as heir apparent to the Senate Democratic leadership over a possible Iran nuclear deal. more...

30th March 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Lausanne Dispatch: Secret Facilities in NK, Syria a Possible New Issue in Iran Nuke Talks

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Claudia Rosett

Iran has dispersed elements of its nuclear program to North Korea, introducing redundancy into its nuclear infrastructure that will undermine the usefulness of any deal, according to recently published articles by a range of journalists and policy analysts. more...

30th March 2015 – Quoted by Jonathan S. Tobin - Commentary

Iran Tests Obama’s Desperation Again

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

As the last weekend before the deadline for its nuclear talks with Iran wound down, administration sources were talking as if a deal was a foregone conclusion. more...

30th March 2015 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Obama surrendered leverage in Iran nuke talks by easing sanctions, critics say

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. and Iranian negotiators struggled to clinch a nuclear deal as Tuesday’s self-imposed deadline drew ever nearer, even as critics said the White House already had given up a key point of leverage by easing pressure on Iran’s economy in the months leading up to a prospective deal. more...

30th March 2015 – Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire

Mark Dubowitz

The centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda is hanging in the balance Tuesday as negotiators struggle to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program. more...

30th March 2015 – Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

In Iran talks, failure is an option

Mark Dubowitz

Even if negotiators in Switzerland strike a partial agreement on Iran’s nuclear program ahead of a midnight deadline Tuesday, they can’t relax yet. more...

27th March 2015 – Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

These maps show what could happen next in Yemen — and how it could impact global politics

Oren Adaki

As Saudi Arabia and its coalition of partner Sunni states intervenes in the growing war within Yemen, the south Arabian country is taking on major geopolitical significance. more...

27th March 2015 – Quoted by Colin Freeman, David Blair and Peter Foster - The Telegraph

Iran can accept nuclear limits for 10 years says ally of Supreme Leader

Mark Dubowitz

The chances of America and Iran reaching a landmark nuclear deal have risen after a senior aide to the country’s Supreme Leader said that Tehran could accept a limit on its capacity to enrich uranium for 10 years. more...

26th March 2015 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Yemen crisis threatens Obama Iran nuclear talks, further clouds Middle East policy

Mark Dubowitz

The confusion and cross-purposes that have plagued President Obama’s troubled Middle East policy are only getting worse as the U.S. on Thursday voiced its support for a new Egypt-Saudi military campaign to roll back the Iran-allied rebels in Yemen. more...

25th March 2015 – Quoted by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

AEROTERROR: A regular flight from Caracas to Tehran carried more drugs and money than people

Toby Dershowitz

From 2007 to at least 2010, there was a flight from Caracas, Venezuela to Tehran, Iran that made a stop in Damascus, Syria. more...

24th March 2015 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Terrorism Provision in Iran Bill Draws Fire

Mark Dubowitz

A provision in the Senate bill to give Congress a say in any Iran deal is drawing fire from the left for appearing to conflate the country’s nuclear work with its support for terrorism. 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.