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1st August 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Did Iran Scuttle the Ceasefire in Gaza?

Ali Alfoneh, Tony Badran

Ninety minutes into the 72-hour unconditional ceasefire announced this morning, Hamas launched a suicide attack in which two IDF soldiers were killed and another was kidnapped. more...

29th July 2014 – Quoted by Rosie Gray - Buzzfeed

Congress Grows Restless As Iran Talks Drag

Mark Dubowitz

A top Obama administration official on Tuesday wouldn’t promise the the Iran nuclear negotiations will end by the new deadline. more...

24th July 2014 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

With Iran, Uranium Enrichment Remains Stumbling Block

Mark Dubowitz

The issue of Iranian uranium enrichment remains as stubborn an obstacle to a nuclear deal as it was at the launch of the talks six months ago. more...

22nd July 2014 – Iran Matters

Expert Opinions on the Extension of Negotiations

Orde Kittrie

Nine foreign policy experts write on what they believe the extension of P5+1 talks will mean for the future of nuclear negotiations with Iran. more...

21st July 2014 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Ex-CIA Chief Says This Would Be the ‘Darkest Day’ for Iran and Russia

James Woolsey

Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Monday that alternative fuel is the only way to truly weaken Iran’s and Russia’s positions in the world. more...

21st July 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. to Give Iran Another $2.8 Billion, Concedes Enrichment

Mark Dubowitz

The United States will give Iran access to another $2.8 billion over the next several months and appears to have conceded to Iran’s demand that it be permitted to domestically enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, according to senior Obama administration officials. more...

21st July 2014 – Cited by Evan Moore - U.S. News

Force Iran to Make a Choice

The United States and other world powers extended the deadline to reach a comprehensive final agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program to November 24, 2014. more...

20th July 2014 – Quoted by Brett Logiurato & Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Obama Is Now Boxed In By The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is playing the long game in negotiations over its nuclear program. And it may have already boxed in U.S. President Barack Obama, with help from an increasingly tumultuous state of world affairs. more...

20th July 2014 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Is Iran About To Lash Out at Its Dissidents?

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States and five other major powers negotiating about the Iranian nuclear program agreed to a four-month extension of the talks until Nov. 24. more...

20th July 2014 – Quoted by Michael Wilner - Jerusalem Post

Israel Resigned to Four Months in Global Diplomatic Effort with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

As deal deadline passes, American officials promise to stay tough on Iran; Netanyahu prefers extension to bad deal, officials tell ‘Post,’ as White House says final accord ‘shaping up.’ more...

20th July 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Persian Nuclear Carpet Ride

Negotiating with Tehran is often compared to haggling in a Mideast bazaar, and after Friday's decision to extend talks over the country's nuclear program we're reminded why. In exchange for essentially no concessions, the mullahs were given $2.8 billion in hard cash to keep talking for another four months. more...

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...

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Events

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?