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5th June 2015 – Turkish Policy Quarterly

Turkey and Iran: The Best of Frenemies

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Inheriting a legacy of imperial competition, the Turkey-Iran rivalry today manifests itself through the contest for leadership of the Arab Middle East, and Muslim hearts and minds more generally. more...

24th March 2015 – FDD Press

Persian Truths and American Self-Deception

Persian Truths and American Self-Deception

Reuel Marc Gerecht

A monograph exploring the personalities and motivations of three Iranian leaders who are currently deeply engaged in the Iranian nuclear negotiations with the United States. more...

15th July 2014 – FDD Press Release

Iran Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

Iran Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their seventh joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy. more...

31st July 2013 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

The Iran-Syria Nexus and its Implications for the Region

Mark Dubowitz

Thank you for having this hearing specifically on the topic of the Iran-Syria nexus. The more we talk about Iran’s machinations in Syria as a window... more...

30th May 2013 – Testimony before the International Human Rights Subcommittee, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Guardians of the Revolution and Violators of Human Rights

Mark Dubowitz

Honorable members of this subcommittee... more...

17th May 2012 – House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Iran Sanctions: Strategy, Implementation and Enforcement

Mark Dubowitz

The topic of my testimony is sanctions relief as the Obama administration approaches the P5+1 talks with Iran over its nuclear weapons program next week in Baghdad. more...

15th March 2012 – Center for Independent Studies - Australia

From Tehran to Tahrir Square: Is Freedom Really Sweeping the Middle East?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

At the start of the Arab Spring in early 2011, Western nations around the world held their breath and hoped that the chaotic uprisings on the streets of Egypt and neighbouring countries would herald democracy in the Middle East. It’s been a year since the movement began and much has changed – or has it? Real and robust democracy has a long way to go before becoming commonplace in the Middle East. What is really happening behind the scenes and away from the news cameras? And how can the West help this transition? more...

23rd November 2011 – The 37th Interparliamentary Meeting Between European Parliament and Knesset

Common Threats, Different Approaches

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israel, the EU and the U.S. confront the challenge of a nuclear Iran more...

15th November 2011 – Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations

Progress of the Obama Administration’s Policy Toward Iran

Mark Dubowitz

In my testimony, I will examine three ideas to ramp up the pressure on the Iranian regime through tougher sanctions on Iran’s oil sales. more...

26th October 2011 – Joint Subcommittee

Iranian Terror Operations on American Soil

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht testified before a joint Homeland Security Counterterrorism & Intelligence and Oversight, Investigations & Management Subcommittee hearing on "Iranian Terror Operations on American Soil." more...

22nd September 2011 – House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia

Axis of Abuse: U.S. Human Rights toward Iran and Syria

Tony Badran

On behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, thank you for inviting me to take part in today’s hearing. I also would like to commend you for holding this hearing at a critical time in the ongoing Syrian uprising against the regime of Bashar Assad. more...

3rd September 2011 – FDD Press

The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution (Sepah-e Pasdaran-e Enqelab-e Eslami) is more commonly known as Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), or the Pasadran. Sworn by an oath of loyalty to Iran's Supreme Leader, the IRGC is the regime's Praetorian Guard, the custodian of its nuclear program, and now a juggernaut in Iran's economy. more...

27th July 2011 – Clarion Productions

Webinar: Iran - What Next?

Mark Dubowitz

Despite increased sanctions and international pressure, the Iranian regime continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons, support for terrorism, and human rights abuses. more...

25th July 2011 –

Iranian Tools of Oppression and the Companies that Provide Them

Iranian Tools of Oppression and the Companies that Provide Them

The Iranian regime is regarded as having a brutal record of abuse and oppression when it comes to human rights. more...

14th June 2011 –

The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East

The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The promise of democracy for Muslims offers something historically unparalleled. Where Islamist groups once dreamed of revolution, quietly developed paramilitary cells, and assassinated their secular opponents, mainstream Islamist groups today see elections as a means for society to maintain akhlaq; the mores that define good Muslims. more...

13th October 2009 –

Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West

Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West

Michael Ledeen

Acknowledging the existence and actions of evil enemies means accepting that we are at war, and then designing and conducting a strategy to win. Accomplice to Evil takes a comprehensive look at the errors we have made in the past when dealing with a mounting enemy force, why we’ve refused to acknowledge the implications of a rising evil, and how we can defeat the forces that threaten us today. more...

Experts

Michael Ledeen

Freedom Scholar

Benjamin Weinthal

Research Fellow

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

cia, iran, iraq

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Senior Iran Analyst

Events

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?

12th June 2014 - 12:00 PM

Dashed Hopes: Iran’s Human Rights Record Under President Rouhani

A conversation with Ali Alfoneh, Katrina Lantos Swett, and Arsham Parsi. 
Moderated by Mark Dubowitz 
Opening remarks by Congressman Ted Deutch and Senator Mark Kirk

One year after Hassan Rouhani was elected president of Iran, what is the current and future outlook for human rights in the country? Have President Rouhani’s positive statements regarding rights and freedoms in Iran been backed up by any improvements? How can the U.S. and the international community help improve the human right situation in Iran?