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1st September 2014 – Quoted by Carol Matlack - Business Week

Choking Russia’s Banks Would Be The Ultimate Sanction

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union is poised to hit Russia with a fresh round of sanctions amid mounting evidence of direct Russian military intervention in southeastern Ukraine. EU leaders said on Aug. 31 after a weekend summit meeting in Brussels that they’ll decide within a week on possible new penalties against Moscow. more...

28th August 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Shenanigans, Obama Capitulation Coming?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s leaders seem to have internalized a key lesson: They have nothing to fear from this U.S. president. more...

21st August 2014 – Interviewed by Jonathan Weckerle - Jungle World

Der Iran trägt einen Teil der Schuld

Ali Alfoneh

Der im Iran geborene Ali Alfoneh forscht vor allem über die Geschichte und den wachsenden Einfluss der iranischen Revolutionsgarden. more...

19th August 2014 – Quoted by Guy Taylor Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Despite Sanctions Relief, Iran Aids Hamas With Missile Technology

Jonathan Schanzer

When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a “real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement” with Tehran. more...

17th August 2014 – Quoted by Jeremy Kahn - Bloomberg

Iran Lures Investors Seeing Nuclear Deal Ending Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

On a May afternoon in Tehran, a Russian in a dark suit sits in the crowded lobby cafe of the Espinas Persian Gulf International Hotel with his Farsi translator, sipping coffee with potential Iranian partners while discussing the price of soy fiber. more...

13th August 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Khamenei Says No Dice On A Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars reports that the Supreme Leader is supremely uninterested in making any deal with the West on the regime’s illicit nuclear program. more...

13th August 2014 – Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

How America Lost the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Every Friday, the people of Kafranbel, Syria, send a message to the world. more...

7th August 2014 – Quoted by Armin Rosen, Michael B. Kelley, and Hunter Walker - Business Insider

Russia And Iran Reportedly Signed A Huge Oil Deal — But No One Knows The Details

Mark Dubowitz

Iran and Russia may have just signed a major $20 billion oil deal, as reported by Russia's Itar-Tass, Iran's Fars News, and the Telegraph on Wednesday. more...

5th August 2014 – Quoted by Benny Avni - Newsweek

Turmoil in the Middle East Is Setting Up Some Strange Bedfellows

Ali Alfoneh

The widespread turmoil across the Middle East is making for some very estranged fellows. more...

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...

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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?