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3rd June 2015 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The Key to Obama’s Iran Deal Might Not Actually Work

Mark Dubowitz

Despite US Secretary of State John Kerry's broken femur, the signing of a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran appears to be on track. more...

3rd June 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Sentences 18 Christians to Prison as Human Rights Worsen under Rouhani

Benjamin Weinthal

An Iranian court sentenced 18 Christians to prison for practicing their faith, Ben Weinthal, a research fellow for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies reported Tuesday for Fox News. more...

3rd June 2015 – Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Pentagon: Iran Continuing Work on Nuclear Systems

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is continuing to develop missiles capable of delivering nuclear weapons despite an interim agreement on its nuclear programs, according to a Pentagon report. more...

1st June 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Concessions to Iran Keep on Coming

Mark Dubowitz

If you are concerned about a rotten deal with Iran that might actually begin a Middle East nuclear arms race and put Iran on a glide path to getting nuclear weapons, you might be taking solace in the notion that there is no way the sides will reach agreement on issues such as anywhere/anytime inspections or on snapback sanctions. more...

1st June 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Ya’alon: Hezbollah Arrest in Cyprus is Part of Iran-Backed European Terror Network

Benjamin Weinthal, Tony Badran

Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon stated that last Friday’s arrest of a Hezbollah terrorist in Cyprus pointed to a large-scale terror campaign by the Iranian-backed terror group against Israeli targets in Europe, Reuters reported today. more...

30th May 2015 – Quoted by Scott Johnson - The Power Line

Is the Iran Deal Good for Us?

Mark Dubowitz

Intelligence Squared US arranged one of its excellent debates on the upper West Side of Manhattan this week. The debate had as its subject the merits of President Obama’s pending arrangement with Iran. more...

29th May 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Paying Tehran’s Bills

Tony Badran

Even the Obama administration acknowledges that Iran is up to a lot of mischief in the Middle East. Tehran is engaged in a sectarian conflict from Lebanon to Syria and Iraq that has recently come to include Yemen as another active front. However, the White House continues to insist, against all evidence, that the clerical regime’s aggression won’t increase when it gets a huge cash infusion from sanctions relief and an immediate $30 to $50 billion bonus, when (or if) it signs the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, aka the nuclear deal. more...

29th May 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

How to Win the Iran Argument

Mark Dubowitz

In the heart of blue America — New York City — Mark Dubowitz and Mike Doran debated Philip Gordon and Thomas Pickering on whether the Iran deal is good for the United States. more...

28th May 2015 – Quoted by Sharon Behn - Voice of America

Iran Challenging Regional Balance of Power

Bill Roggio

Fallujah, Mosul, Tikrit, Ramadi: One by one, key Iraqi cities fell to Islamic State militants as Iraqi security forces failed to hold their ground. In their place, Iranian-sponsored Iraqi Shi’ite militias, who once battled U.S. soldiers, have emerged as among the strongest ground forces capable of pushing back the extremists. more...

28th May 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran-Backed Iraqi Militias Take Charge of Anti-ISIS Battle, Increased Sectarian Strife Feared

Bill Roggio, Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian-backed Iraqi militias have claimed that they will lead the Iraqi campaign to free the recently captured Sunni-majority city of Ramadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), Reuters reported today. The announcement raised fears that such a move will exacerbate sectarian strife even further. more...

26th May 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama Blames the Victim, Looks for Excuses on Iraq

Jonathan Schanzer

First, the president did it in an interview last week, asserting, “If the Iraqis themselves are not willing or capable to arrive at the political accommodations necessary to govern, if they are not willing to fight for the security of their country, we cannot do that for them.” The usually sober and precise Defense Secretary Ashton Carter did it on the Sunday shows, lashing out at the Iraqi troops for lacking “the will to fight.” As one might expect, Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi forcefully pushed back on the accusation. more...

25th May 2015 – Quoted by Stewart Bell - The National Post

Canadians May Belong to Al-Qaida’s Highly Secretive Khorasan Faction, Intelligence Report Warns

Thomas Joscelyn

The day after the United States and its Arab allies launched airstrikes in Syria last September, President Barack Obama advised American lawmakers the targets had included “elements of al-Qaida known as the Khorasan Group.” more...

24th May 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Human Rights Group: With Capture of Palmyra, ISIS Controls Half of Syria

Jonathan Schanzer

With the capture of the ancient city of Palmyra and the town of Al-Tanaf on the border with Iraq, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) now controls half of the territory in Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. more...

24th May 2015 – The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Militias Lead Iraqi Counteroffensive to Retake Ramadi

Bill Roggio

Iranian-backed Shiite militias, including Hezbollah Brigades, a US-listed Foreign Terrorist Organization, are leading the Iraqi government’s counteroffensive to regain control of Ramadi, which was lost to the Islamic State last week. The militias are now eclipsing Iraq’s security forces in the fight against the Islamic State. more...

23rd May 2015 – Quoted by Ed Lasky - The American Thinker

Obama’s Synagogue

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Barack Obama chose the perfect synagogue, Congregation Adas Israel, in which to deliver a rebuke of Israel, couched in an address commemorating Jewish American Heritage Month, using some fuzzy throwaway lines designed to lull the gullible into apathy regarding his approach towards Iran and the Palestinians. more...

20th May 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran’s Holocaust Denial, Echoing Nazi Rhetoric, Exposes Its True Threat To Israel

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Iranian Holocaust denial, which echoes Nazi rhetoric, exposes an intent “to [repeat] that same crime,” Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), argued in an article published Monday in Tablet Magazine. Ottolenghi rejected claims that it is misguided to associate Iran with Nazi Germany. more...

19th May 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Sees Fall of Ramadi as Chance to Expand, Faults U.S. For Letting Iran “March In”

Jonathan Schanzer

In an appearance on CNN Monday, Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, praised the United States for its raids – like the successful raid that killed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financier Abu Sayyaf in Syria over the weekend – but said that more such operations were necessary to degrade the capabilities of ISIS effectively. more...

14th May 2015 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, Kim Hjelmgaard - USA Today

Russian Comments Cast Doubt on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

A major difference between Washington and Moscow over a key term of any deal to curb Iran's nuclear program was underlined when a Russian official rejected the plan to immediately restore sanctions if Tehran violates the as-yet-unsigned agreement. more...

13th May 2015 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Congress Has Little Chance of Influencing Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran deal may not be done, but bids by its opponents to shape it are all but buried. more...

12th May 2015 – Quoted by JPost Staff - The Jerusalem Post

Sale of Planes to Iran Points to Crack in Iran Sanctions Regime

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A nuclear deal with Iran has yet to be signed but the sanctions regime against the Islamic Republic appears to be crumbling already. more...


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Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Jonathan Schanzer

Vice President for Research

Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow

Michael Ledeen

Freedom Scholar

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

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John Hannah

Senior Counselor

Benjamin Weinthal

Research Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Emanuele Ottolenghi

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13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?

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