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23rd April 2018 – Politico

How Macron can win over Trump on Iran

Richard Goldberg

French President Emmanuel Macron comes to Washington this week with two important items on his agenda: keep American troops in Syria and keep U.S. President Donald Trump in the Iran nuclear deal. Macron will have a tough sell to an American president who’s made clear he wants out of both. His only chance is to meet Trump in the middle, giving him a political win at home that serves French interests at the same time. more...

23rd April 2018 – New York Post

Trump shouldn’t give in to Macron’s Iran deal request

Richard Goldberg

French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington Monday with a seemingly innocuous request for President Trump: Let Europe keep doing business with Iran. But unless Trump wants to make a bad nuclear deal even worse, he should flatly reject Macron’s request. more...

18th April 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Use Iran Sanctions to Stop Assad

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Since the weekend military strike against chemical-weapons sites in Syria, the debate in Washington has centered on whether the strike went far enough. But policy makers should consider another question of equal importance: Is the U.S. prepared to cut off the financial lifelines that keep Bashar Assad in power? more...

17th April 2018 – Quoted by F. Mahmoudi - Al Arabiya

ANALYSIS: Will the Iranian regime reach its 40th birthday?

Richard Goldberg

Around the beginning of the Iranian new year, changes in the White House political pyramid started creating severe concerns within the regime ruling Iran. more...

13th April 2018 – Quoted by Matthew Castillo - Nottingham Observer

Trump hosting emir of Qatar despite saying nation funds terror

Richard Goldberg

Led by U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Qatar's regional rivals launched a diplomatic and trade blockade against Doha a year ago, and Trump initially appeared to take Riyadh's side. more...

12th April 2018 – i24 News

The Rundown

Richard Goldberg

FDD's Richard Goldberg joins i24 News to discuss the situation in Syria and potential military conflict. more...

12th April 2018 – CNBC Asia

CNBC Asia

Richard Goldberg

FDD's Richard Goldberg joins CNBC Asia to discuss US strategy in the Middle East for Iran and Syria. more...

12th April 2018 – Quoted by Democracy Digest

Iran’s economic crisis a consequence of political malaise: creates options for shift in regime?

Richard Goldberg, Saeed Ghasseminejad

All this week panicked Iranians have gathered in throngs outside banks and other financial businesses hoping to buy dollars, as the government seeks to head off a collapse in the rial, the national currency, the New York Times reports. more...

11th April 2018 – The Hill

Iran’s currency is in free fall — time for the US to exploit it

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

The Iranian rial fell to a record low this weekend, largely in response to President Trump’s appointment of John Bolton – seen as hawkish on Iran – to serve as his national security advisor. FDD experts Richard Goldberg and Saeed Ghasseminejad argue that the administration should use Iran’s economic unrest to its advantage in shaping tougher foreign policy towards Iran – including re-imposing sanctions. more...

11th April 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: With Weak Rial, Sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank Could Pressure Tehran to Reform

Richard Goldberg, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Re-imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, which were lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, while the rial has recently lost nearly half of its value, could “inflict serious damage on Tehran’s economy,” two sanctions experts wrote Wednesday in The Hill. more...

11th April 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: With Weak Rial, Sanctions on Iran’s Central Bank Could Pressure Tehran to Reform

Richard Goldberg, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Re-imposing sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran, which were lifted as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, while the rial has recently lost nearly half of its value, could “inflict serious damage on Tehran’s economy,” two sanctions experts wrote Wednesday in The Hill. more...

9th April 2018 – The Washington Free Beacon

Trump Admin Pressured to Scold Qatar In Upcoming Oval Office Powwow

Richard Goldberg

Trump administration allies and national security insiders have been voicing concerns about an upcoming meeting between President Trump and the Emir of Qatar, a chief terror financier in the region that has been clouded in controversy following disclosures it funded a spy operation on U.S. citizens and hacked the email of an administration ally, according to multiple sources who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. more...

9th April 2018 – New York Post

What to do about Syria — and its chief accomplice, Iran

Richard Goldberg

Within hours of learning that Bashar al-Assad launched another horrific chemical-weapons attack on his own people, President Trump tweeted there’d be a “big price to pay.” He should follow his instincts by holding Assad accountable, increasing his leverage over Vladimir Putin and breaking Iran’s strategic foothold in Syria. more...

22nd March 2018 – Quoted by Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee - Associated Press

Will a revised Iran deal prove to be good enough for Trump?

Richard Goldberg

Trump administration negotiators have a tough sales job as they pressure European allies to accept new restrictions to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal: Even if the Europeans agree, President Donald Trump may blow up the deal anyway. more...

21st March 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Germany Selling Iran Chemical Weapons Tech, Boosting Anti-Israel Efforts as U.S. Dems Block Trump Am

Richard Goldberg

U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed by a congressional block on President Donald Trump's pick to be the next ambassador to Germany, a holdup that comes as Berlin pursues a host of anti-Israel measures and is growing closer to Iran, according to multiple administration insiders who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon. more...

20th March 2018 – Quoted by Jewish Insider

Jewish Insider’s Daily Kickoff: March 20, 2018

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

"What happens the day after Trump pulls out of the Iran deal" by Josh Rogin. more...

20th March 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

UN Official Gives Speech to U.S. Group That Advocates Destruction of Israel

Richard Goldberg

A top United Nations official is facing criticism following a recent speech before a well known anti-Israel organization that supports boycotts of the Jewish state, denies Israel's right to exist, and has promoted anti-Semitic materials. more...

20th March 2018 – Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

What happens the day after Trump pulls out of the Iran deal

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

While the public debate rages over President Trump’s threat to pull the United States out of the Iran deal, actors both inside and outside the U.S. government are planning for what happens the day after the United States exits — a scenario that looks increasingly likely. more...

15th March 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Fixing the Nuclear Deal with Iran Could Help U.S. in North Korea Talks

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

If President Donald Trump follows through on his intent to either fix the weaknesses in the nuclear deal or withdraw from the accord, it would mean that “Mr. Trump will be better positioned to make it clear to Pyongyang that he means business,” two sanctions experts wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal. more...

14th March 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

The Pyongyang-Tehran Axis

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Defying precedent and conventional wisdom, President Trump says he’ll meet in May with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump wants a sustainable deal that leads to North Korean denuclearization. The president’s critics scoff, and even his supporters are rightly skeptical. But Mr. Trump has conditions: His policy of maximum sanctions pressure will remain in place, Pyongyang must commit to the goal of denuclearization upfront, and it must refrain from missile or nuclear tests during talks. That may give him some leverage. more...