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5th March 2015 – Quoted by Erica Wenig - The Daily Caller

Top Iranian General Is Taking The Lead Against ISIS, Spreading Iranian Influence Across Middle East

Ali Alfoneh

An Iranian general is gaining publicity as he spreads his country’s influence all the way from Lebanon to Afghanistan. more...

5th March 2015 – Cited by the Tower

Fact Check: The President’s Misleading Charge About Sanctions Relief

In an interview with Reuters on Monday ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before a joint session of Congress, President Barack Obama attempted to undermine Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s credibility on the Iranian issue by saying that Netanyahu had made inaccurate statements about the outcomes of negotiations. more...

5th March 2015 – Quoted by James Rosen - Fox News

Quds Force Leader, Commanding Iraqi Forces Against ISIS, Alarms Washington

Ali Alfoneh

Twice designated a terrorist by the United States government, considered responsible for up to 20 percent of American casualties in the Iraq war, Major General Qasem Suleimani, the legendary Iranian spymaster and leader of the Quds Force – the elite special operations wing of the hardline Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – is now stirring alarm in Washington for doing something the Obama administration would ordinarily cheer: taking the fight to ISIS in Iraq. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Julie Hirschfeld David, Michael D. Shear - The New York Times

Netanyahu Speech Raises Burden for Obama on Iran Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama’s task of selling a potential nuclear agreement with Iran to a skeptical Congress became far harder on Tuesday after an impassioned speech by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel to lawmakers already nervous about the deal. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Lora Moftah - International Business Times

Iran’s Government Tries To Capitalize On Netanyahu Speech Tensions For Domestic Political Boost

Ali Alfoneh

Iran has closely watched the controversy that erupted around Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Tuesday speech to Congress, with political factions in the country vying to capitalize on the tensions between Israel’s government and the administration of President Barack Obama. more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Bryan Bender, Matt Viser - The Boston Globe

John Kerry’s Iran Diplomacy in Cross Hairs of Partisan Battle

Mark Dubowitz

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks a joint session of Congress Tuesday to take a tougher stance against Iran, perhaps no American official will have more on the line — personally and professionally — than Secretary of State John F. Kerry. more...

2nd March 2015 – Cited by Mike Fegelman - National Post

Don’t Trust Tehran

In the path towards a comprehensive agreement over Iran’s nuclear program, the devil will certainly be in the details. more...

2nd March 2015 – Quoted by Jacob Kamaras - JNS

Deal or No Deal? Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Hovers Over AIPAC Conference

Ali Alfoneh

As 16,000 people gathered for the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference from March 1-3, much attention was transfixed three weeks ahead on the calendar. more...

27th February 2015 – Cited by Nadav Shragai - Israel Hayom

Iran: A Global Terrorist Superpower

Grant Rumley, James Woolsey, Ali Alfoneh, Jonathan Schanzer

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a proliferation of statements by senior Iranian officials expressing their intention to destroy Israel • The U.S. knows all this and, no, it is not demanding that Tehran put a stop to its terrorist activities. more...

27th February 2015 – Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg View

Can Obama’s Iran Deal Outlive His Presidency?

Mark Dubowitz

With the White House reportedly trying to negotiate a 10- or 15-year deal on Iran's nuclear program, Republican leaders in Congress are threatening to unravel the agreement much sooner -- during President Barack Obama’s final months or soon after he leaves office. more...

25th February 2015 – Quoted by Fox News

Iran Hangs Obama in Effigy Even as it Negotiates Nuclear Deal with US

Ali Alfoneh

Just weeks before Secretary of State John Kerry held new nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister in Geneva, Iranians were hanging Kerry's boss in effigy at a huge Tehran-sponsored rally marking the Islamic Revolution’s 36th anniversary, an event that critics say underscores the absurdity of the ongoing diplomatic effort. more...

24th February 2015 – Quoted by Jonathan Saul, Parisa Hafezi, Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

Exclusive: Iran Smuggles in $1 Billion of Bank Notes to Skirt Sanctions - Sources

Jonathan Schanzer

At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say. more...

23rd February 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Giving Iran Everything It Wants

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz

Perhaps Congress should have invited King Abdullah of Jordan or Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speak about an impending deal that would look like this: Iran gets to keep its entire nuclear infrastructure and, in 15 years, gets to build a bomb. more...

23rd February 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Leader of Anti-Proliferation Org Changes Tune on Preventing Iran Nukes

Mark Dubowitz

The leader of a prominent anti-proliferation organization that has spent millions touting the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is under fire for seeking to rationalize a rumored administration collapse on a key condition of the nuclear negotiations after long advocating the opposite. more...

23rd February 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hillary’s Cowardice in Face of Looming Iran Debacle

Mark Dubowitz

Dennis Ross suggests to heal the rift with Israel the administration should take two steps. more...

20th February 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

How Would We Ever Verify a Deal with Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Reuters reports: “Iran has still not addressed specific issues that could feed suspicions it may have researched an atomic bomb, a U.N. watchdog report showed on Thursday, potentially complicating efforts by six powers to clinch a nuclear deal with Tehran. . . . more...

20th February 2015 – Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Gulf States Coordinate Policy as Regional Violence Grows

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar's neighboring Gulf monarchies are backing the emirate in its dispute with Cairo over Egypt's military intervention in Libya. more...

19th February 2015 – Cited by The Tower

Losing Ground in Arab World, Hamas Seeking Iranian Support and New Front Against Israel

Tony Badran

Haaretz reported Wednesday that Hamas announced plans to establish military units to fight Israel from southern Lebanon, illustrating renewed cooperation and improving ties between Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran. more...

19th February 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Top Iranian Nuke Negotiator Ordered to Stop Screaming at Kerry

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the United States has been ordered by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader to stop shouting and yelling at Secretary of State John Kerry during negotiating sessions. more...

13th February 2015 – Quoted by Nathan Guttman - The Jewish Daily Forward

David Cohen Becomes the CIA’s ‘Financial Batman’

Jonathan Schanzer

In a reflection of the increasing role the U.S. Department of the Treasury is playing in clandestine operations, America’s “sanctions guru” was sworn in on February 9 as the country’s second-in-command spymaster. 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.