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18th January 2015 – Mentioned by The Tower

Israeli Strike in Syria Hits Convoy, Killing Hezbollah Commander

Tony Badran

Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander and son of notorious terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, was killed along with at least nine others today in Israeli airstrikes against a convoy in the Syrian section of the Golan Heights. more...

16th January 2015 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - Christian Science Monitor

Obama Warns Congress Against New Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

In a joint press conference with the president Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed he has taken the unusual step of contacting several US senators since arriving in Washington to underscore the threat he believes new sanctions now would pose. more...

16th January 2015 – Quoted by Carol E. Lee, Jay Solomon, Michael R. Crittenden - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Sets Fight Over Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama vowed to veto any legislation approving new economic sanctions against Iran, placing him on a collision course with the Republican-controlled Congress as U.S. diplomats seek to secure a deal curtailing Tehran’s nuclear program by July. more...

14th January 2015 – Cited by James Lyons - The Washington Times

A Better Way to Patrol the Middle East

John Hannah

With all the core elements of Iran’s nuclear weapons program now guaranteed and secured by the one-sided concessions made by the United States and agreed to by the other P5 plus 1 negotiators in the 2013 interim agreement, Iran is on track to achieve a deliverable nuclear weapons capability. more...

5th January 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Obama’s Leverage Wanes with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration has been willing to tolerate just about anything from Iran — even cheating — to save talks about limiting the country’s nuclear program, even as the White House rejects growing congressional support for tougher sanctions. more...

31st December 2014 – Quoted by Jon Greenberg - Politifact

Stephen Hayes: Iran Cheated on the Interim Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

As the pundits look ahead to 2015, they know that time is running out for the United States to reach a permanent deal with Iran over its nuclear program. more...

30th December 2014 – Quoted by Colby Adams, Kira Zalan - ACAMS

In Latest Sanctions, U.S. Again Targets Iranians Holding Caribbean Passports

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For the fourth time this year, U.S. officials blacklisted an Iranian national using a Caribbean passport while purportedly helping Iran circumvent sanctions. more...

29th December 2014 – Quoted by Neil Munro - The Daily Caller

Obama’s See-No-Islam Policy Forces Military Rethink

Jonathan Schanzer

President Barack Obama’s top special-forces general in the Middle East is quietly trying to look beyond the president’s insistence that Islamic terrorism isn’t Islamic. more...

26th December 2014 – Quoted by i24news

Qatar To Temporarily Suspend Financial Support to Hamas: Kuwaiti Media

Jonathan Schanzer

Qatar has informed Hamas that they would be temporarily halting its financial support, reported the Kuwaiti Al Jarida newspaper. more...

24th December 2014 – Quoted by Pamela Engel and Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Rouhani’s Façade Is Crumbling

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected largely on the premise that he's a moderate. more...

15th December 2014 – Cited by The Tower

With Sanctions Relief Looming, Iran Prepares to Open for Business

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Expecting an end to sanctions, Iranian manufacturers are preparing to open for business with the West, according to a report Friday in The New York Times. more...

15th December 2014 – Cited by The Tower

Hamas Delegation in Tehran Seeks to Deepen Ties with Iran, Syria

Ali Alfoneh

Hamas is seeking to mend ties with Syria and Iran according to policy brief written Thursday by Ali Alfoneh, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Alfoneh cited an interview Hamas spokesman, Osama Hamdan, gave to an Iranian news agency. more...

13th December 2014 – Interviewed by Jonathan Weckerle - Jungle World (Germany)

Die US-Regierung hat versagt

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Saeed Ghaseminejad ist Publizist, politischer Analyst und unter anderem Fellow der Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Während seines Studiums in Teheran war er Mitgründer der studentischen Vereinigung »Iranian liberal students and graduates«. Er lebt heute in New York. Mit der Jungle World sprach er über das iranische Atomprogramm und die Iran-Politik der US-Regierung. more...

12th December 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Can Congress stop a rotten Iran deal?

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, the sanctions guru at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, writes: "Lest we forget, Iran is at the negotiation table because Congress passed tough economic sanctions that hammered its economy, and many of them over the Obama administration’s objections. But Congress’ work is not done. It must ensure that Iran does not retain the essential elements of its nuclear infrastructure to develop a nuclear weapon and continue gaming the international community." more...

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

Hamas, Iran Rebuilding Military Ties in Tehran

Jonathan Schanzer

Leaders of the terror group Hamas traveled to Iran this week to rebuild relations with one of its top benefactors and leading weapons suppliers, according to regional experts and reports. more...

10th December 2014 – Quoted by Mahmut Hamsici - BBC Türkçe

İran’daki yolsuzluk operasyonu ne anlama geliyor?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

İran'da bugünlerde ülke tarihinin en büyük yolsuzluk operasyonlarından biri yapılıyor. Operasyonda 20 kişi gözaltına alındı, 30 kişi ifadeye çağırıldı. Bu kişilerin arasında birçok üst düzey bürokrat da bulunuyor. more...

9th December 2014 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Presence of Qods Force Commander in Iraq Signals Worrying Rise of Iranian Power in Middle East

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The recent presence in Iraq of Qassem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s terrorism-supporting Qods Force and one of the most powerful individuals in the Islamic Republic, indicates an increasing brazenness in Tehran’s conduct of foreign affairs, a leading Middle East expert told The Algemeiner. more...

9th December 2014 – Quoted by Mikel Ayestaran -

General Suleimani, el verdugo iraní de los yihadistas del Estado Islámico

Ali Alfoneh

Qassem Suleimani ha dejado de ser el «comandante en la sombra», sobrenombre más usado en la prensa occidental, del régimen iraní para convertirse en el mejor argumento de la república islámica en su lucha contra el Estado Islámico (EI). more...

7th December 2014 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Israel Strikes Against Syria May Be Linked to Iranian Activity

Tony Badran

Syria expert Eyal Zisser to ‘Post’: In the past, no one had any interest in opening up another front said Zisser adding, “Let’s hope that will happen this time." more...

5th December 2014 – Quoted by Jay Solomon and Peter Nicholas - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Talks Likely to Figure in Any Hillary Clinton 2016 Bid

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton has distanced herself from the Obama administration’s increasingly unpopular handling of international issues, including Syria and Russia. more...


Clifford D. May


Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow

Michael Ledeen

Freedom Scholar

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq

John Hannah

Senior Fellow

Benjamin Weinthal

Research Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow


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.