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25th May 2016 – Quoted by John Hayward - Breitbart

Iran’s Qods Force General Spotted on Fallujah, Iraq Islamic State Front Lines

Qassem Soleimani, head of Iran’s Qods Force – the dirty-tricks unit Iran deploys to destabilize foreign governments, involved in terrorist attacks against American soldiers during the occupation of Iraq – has been sighted near the besieged city of Fallujah, as the battle to eject the Islamic State heats up. more...

24th May 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran ‘Blackmailing’ U.S. for Greater Nuke Concessions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is taking steps to aid and please Iran far beyond U.S. commitments under last summer’s nuclear accord, according to experts, who warned Tuesday during testimony on Capitol Hill that the White House is becoming “dangerously close to becoming Iran’s trade promotion and business development authority.” more...

20th May 2016 – Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Gaza rebuilding falls by the wayside as Arab states leave Palestinians hanging

Jonathan Schanzer

When it comes to the security situation at Israel’s borders in recent years, no border has been more perilous for the Jewish state as its southern boundary with the Gaza Strip. Israel unilaterally withdrew from Gaza in 2005, and the Palestinian terror group Hamas seized control of the coastal enclave in 2007. Since then, Gaza has given Israel three wars, thousands of rocket attacks, and a network of cross-border terror tunnels that Hamas is currently trying to rebuild. more...

19th May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

IMF: Iran Must Stop Funding Terror, Money Laundering if It Wants to Join Global Economy

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s failure to bring its money-laundering and terror finance laws into compliance with international standards has discouraged foreign banks from doing business with the country, according to a senior International Monetary Fund official. more...

19th May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Admits to Enhancing Uranium Enrichment Process, Raising Breakout Concerns

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran has been “enhancing” its nuclear program and bolstering its uranium enrichment capability, Iran’s atomic energy chief told a group of the country’s ambassadors and envoys in Tehran on Saturday. more...

18th May 2016 – Quoted by Lisa Daftari - The Foreign Desk

Iran using commercial airliner to fly fighters, weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran is using a commercial airliner with ties to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to ferry fighters and weapons to Syria. more...

16th May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Tehran Nuclear Chief: Iran “Enhancing” Its Nuclear Program, Uranium Enrichment Process

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

Iran has been “enhancing” its nuclear program and bolstering its uranium enrichment capability, Iran’s atomic energy chief told a group of the country’s ambassadors and envoys in Tehran on Saturday. more...

13th May 2016 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Zarif Sends Moderate Condolences to Hezbollah

Tony Badran

Today Iranian foreign minister Mohamed Javad Zarif sent his condolences to Hezbollah general secretary Hassan Nasrallah on the day the party is burying Mustafa Badreddine. more...

13th May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Too Risky for Banks to Open Up to Iran, Despite Kerry’s Assurances

Mark Dubowitz

While the White House is encouraging foreign banks to do business with Iran, the Islamic Republic has continued to engage in the same illicit behavior that initially prompted its sanctioning, President Barack Obama’s former undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Friday. more...

11th May 2016 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - WJLA

Controversial profile of Obama aide reignites debate over Iran deal, Benghazi

Clifford D. May

A profile of a key member of President Barack Obama's national security team has unearthed new allegations about the administration's efforts to control and possibly mislead the media on several major policy issues. more...

10th May 2016 – Quoted by Editors - Observer

Deception on—Not Just in—Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A bombshell exploded this past weekend with the White House at the epicenter. And while the repercussions should have been felt throughout America, most observers merely shrugged. more...

10th May 2016 – Quoted by Jacob Kornbluh - Jewish Insider

Why European banks, companies are avoiding Iran

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday pushed back against claims that U.S. restrictions are preventing European companies from doing business in Iran following last year’s nuclear deal. more...

9th May 2016 – Quoted by Jeffrey Goldberg - The Atlantic

Ben Rhodes and the ‘Retailing’ of the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Several days ago, I received an email from Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of a Washington think tank called the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. more...

9th May 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Congress: Time to hold Ben Rhodes to account

Mark Dubowitz

Had President George W. Bush’s national security advisers Condoleezza Rice or Stephen Hadley bragged to a journalist that the administration constructed a phony narrative to justify an unpopular foreign policy initiative, using intellectually corrupt members of the press to spread disinformation, surely the Democrats would be calling for impeachment and would drag the braggarts to Capitol Hill to testify under oath. more...

9th May 2016 – Quoted by Massimo Calabresi - TIME

The Real Ben Rhodes: Spin Doctor or Decision-Maker?

Mark Dubowitz

Obama's top foreign policy communications aide has been in the room for key decisions. But has he made the policy? more...

9th May 2016 – Quoted by Jonathan S. Tobin - Commentary

Iran Deal Lies Have Consequences

Mark Dubowitz

Does the fact that the White House lied to the American people when it was selling the Iran nuclear deal to the media, Congress and the public matter? more...

6th May 2016 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNS

Obama Adviser Quoted: ‘We Created an Echo Chamber’ to Sell the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A lengthy New York Times Magazine profile of President Obama’s Deputy National Security Adviser for Strategic Communications Ben Rhodes portrays him as a spinmeister contemptuous of the foreign policy establishment who fed credulous journalists a misleading narrative to sell the Iran nuclear deal to the American people. more...

5th May 2016 – Quoted by Mark Hay - VICE

Iran Is Offering Citizenship to Families of Migrants Who Died Fighting Iran’s Battles

Amir Toumaj

On Monday, the Islamic Republic News Agency—Iran's official press outlet—reported that the nation's parliament had passed a law allowing the state to grant citizenship to the children, parents, and wives of foreigners killed while fighting for Iran. more...

3rd May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran’s Excess Heavy Water Development Highlights Concerns over Compliance with Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

The United States agreed last month to buy 32 tons of excess “heavy water,” a byproduct of nuclear enrichment, from Iran, which had produced more heavy water than the agreed-upon limits of the nuclear deal it signed with global powers last year. more...

2nd May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Zarif Slammed Over Claims That Iran Doesn’t Support Holocaust Cartoon Contest

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum challenged Iranian Foreign Minister’s Mohammad Javad Zarif’s claim that his government has nothing to do with a Holocaust cartoon contest scheduled to take place in Tehran later this month. more...


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12th February 2016 - 6:03 PM

Rising Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Geopolitical and Energy Security Implications

The latest increase in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia raises questions about the potential for further instability in the region and possible oil supply disruptions. These risks are most apparent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home both to more than half of the nation’s oil production and a Shia majority. The panel discussion will focus on how these developments are impacting U.S. national and energy security interests at a time when Iran sanctions are being lifted, allowing Tehran to export its petroleum, further adding to an oversupplied global oil market.

13th August 2015 - 1:56 PM

Role of Sanctions in the Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Heritage Foundation hosted an event on August 13  to analyze the state of sanctions following the nuclear agreement with Iran. 

The event, Assessing the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Placing Sanctions in Context, focuses on the remaining sanctions architecture of the U.S. and E.U., the possibility of 'snapback sanctions' if Iran violates the deal, and explores alternatives to the agreement moving forward.