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2nd December 2014 – Quoted by Michael Riley, Jordan Robertson - Bloomberg

Iran-Backed Hackers Target Airports, Carriers: Report

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Hackers working for Iran have targeted at least 50 companies and government organizations, including commercial airlines, looking for vulnerabilities that could be used in physical attacks, cyber-security firm Cylance Inc. said today. more...

1st December 2014 – Cited by The Washington Examiner

Congress Should End Obama’s Dangerous Charade With Iran

On Dec. 10, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to make the case for a tentative six-month agreement reached with Iran a few weeks earlier over the radical Islamic regime’s nuclear program. more...

26th November 2014 – Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

When the United States agreed on Monday to extend the nuclear negotiations with Iran for another seven months, it was met with immediate protest from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, as well as from hard-liners in Iran’s Parliament. more...

25th November 2014 – Cited by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

Iran’s Lower Profit From Sanctions Relief Won’t Mollify Congress

Mark Dubowitz

With world powers unable so far to win Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program, members of both parties in the new Republican-led U.S. Congress will push in January for more economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Reaction to Extension on Iran Talks Falls Along Partisan Lines

Mark Dubowitz

The news that negotiators had not reached an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program by the deadline Monday and were extending talks for an additional seven months drew a mixed reaction from lawmakers, with hard-liners urging quick imposition of tougher sanctions while others supported giving the process more time. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Tim Starks - Roll Call

Intentionally or Not, Hagel News Distracts From Other Administration News

Mark Dubowitz

Over the weekend, news broke of a change in the administration’s policy on Afghanistan. On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry announced an extension of Iranian nuclear talks. Yet it is the newly announced departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that has sucked up most of the news energy today. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Ali Weinberg - ABC News

Republicans Could Complicate Iran Extension

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State John Kerry said today that he was confident President Obama and he could convince a skeptical Congress that an additional seven months of nuclear negotiations with Iran could lead to a deal they could support, but that confidence may be challenged by Congress. more...

24th November 2014 – Cited by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended, So Congress Might Turn Up the Heat

Mark Dubowitz

An extension of the Iran nuclear talks is better than a bad deal, but many in Congress will want to use the next few months to further ramp up pressure on Tehran. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Michael R. Gordon, David E. Sanger - The New York Times

U.S. and Allies Extend Iran Nuclear Talks by 7 Months

Mark Dubowitz

A yearlong effort to reach an enduring accord with Iran to dismantle large parts of its nuclear infrastructure fell short on Monday, forcing the United States and its allies to declare a seven-month extension, but with no clear indication of how they plan to bridge fundamental differences. more...

24th November 2014 – Cited by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

A Bad Deal With Iran in the Nuclear Talks Could Destabilize the Middle East

By extending nuclear talks with Iran for seven more months, the major powers avoided total collapse but also raised the stakes, "ensuring that failure, if that is what eventually happens, will be all the more cataclysmic," according to the Guardian. My take, however, is that a bad deal with the Iranian regime is likely to destabilize the Middle East. more...

24th November 2014 – Cited by Caroline Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Iran’s no China

Tony Badran

The Obama administration will never abandon its courtship of Iran. On the eve of the extended deadline in the US-led six-party talks with Iran regarding Teheran’s illicit nuclear weapons program, the one thing that is absolutely clear is that courting Iran is the centerpiece of US President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy. Come what may in Geneva, this will not change. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Nuke Talks Confront Deadline, Iran’s Enmity with West

Reuel Marc Gerecht

As world powers talk of extending Monday's deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran, one thing is clear: The nation's authoritarian regime must decide if it wants to remain in conflict or engage with the West. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Carol Morello, Brian Murphy - The Washington Post

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended for 7 Months Amid Impasse Ahead of Deadline

Mark Dubowitz

Nuclear talks with Iran will be extended for seven months after intense negotiations failed to reach a comprehensive accord but appeared to make encouraging headway, diplomats said Monday. more...

24th November 2014 – Cited by The Wall Street Journal

More Nuclear Time in Tehran

About the best that can be said about Monday’s agreement to extend the Iran nuclear negotiations for another seven months is that it’s better than the bad deal that so many in the West seem eager to embrace. Meanwhile, the U.S. and its European partners are giving Tehran more time and money to get closer to the nuclear threshold. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Jonathan Tirone, Terry Atlas, Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Iran, World Powers Extend Nuclear Talks as Major Gaps Remain

Mark Dubowitz

Envoys representing Iran and a group of world powers today agreed to extend talks on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program until July after failing to overcome differences at negotiations in Vienna. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

How the Obama Administration Has Already Caved to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The deadline for the Joint Plan of Action ended it seems without a final agreement between the P5+1 and Iran over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. It’s not yet clear what happens next. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Rosie Gray - BuzzFeed

World Powers And Iran Fail To Agree on Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Six world powers and Iran failed to come to a final agreement to curtail Iran’s nuclear program by the deadline on Monday, instead extending the talks to June 30 2015. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Here’s The Depressing Reason Why Iran May Have Rejected A Generous Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The nuclear negotiations between Iran and a US-led group of countries over Tehran's nuclear program have once again fallen short. more...

23rd November 2014 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Reports: Top Iranian Negotiator ‘Frequently Shouts’ at Kerry, Western Officials

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks is known to frequently scream and shout at Western diplomats, including Secretary of State John Kerry, a practice that has caused alarm among bodyguards stationed outside the negotiating room, according to a member of the Iranian diplomatic team who spoke to the Farsi-language press. more...

21st November 2014 – Quoted by Ali Weinberg - ABC News

3 Ways the Iranian Nuclear Negotiations Could End

Mark Dubowitz

With three days left until this round of talks on Iran's nuclear program concludes, the outcome appeared so uncertain today that Secretary of State John Kerry reversed his travel plans, first announcing that he would be leaving Vienna, where negotiators have huddled, for Paris, and a few hours later saying he'd actually be staying in the Austrian capital. 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.