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11th January 2018 – BBC

BBC World Service

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, said the accord was preventing a potential nuclear arms race. President Trump has called the agreement on Iran's nuclear programme a 'terrible deal'. more...

10th January 2018 – Quoted by Aaron Stein - War on the Rocks

Speaking Loudly and Carrying a Little Stick: The Myopic U.S. Debate about Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Following a political miscalculation on both sides of its political spectrum, Iran in the first days of the year experienced a large wave of protests in more than 80 cities. The street demonstrations have begun to wane in recent days, although widespread reports of anti-regime slogans and continued economic challenges have prompted questions about whether the drop-off in public protests is a pyrrhic victory for the regime. more...

9th January 2018 – Foreign Podicy

Podcast - Upheaval in Iran: Causes and Consequences

Clifford D. May, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Protests have been shaking the Islamic Republic of Iran. Foreign Podicy host Cliff May is joined by FDD senior fellow, Reuel Marc Gerecht, and FDD senior Iran analyst, Behnam Ben Taleblu, to discuss what this upheaval means, where it could lead, and how the U.S. and its Western counterparts should respond. more...

4th January 2018 – Alhurra


Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht joins Alhurra to discuss the Iran protests. more...

4th January 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

The Secular Republic of Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Coverage of the recent tumult in the Islamic Republic of Iran has focused on how economic frustration is affecting the country’s politics. more...

4th January 2018 – The Weekly Standard

The Crack-up of Theocracy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It is odd to hear Westerners, hopelessly permeated with Marxism, dissect the nationwide Iranian protests as primarily an economic eruption, the suggestion being that the demonstrators are not that dyspeptic about the nature of the Islamic Republic. more...

2nd January 2018 – The New York Times

The Worst Thing for Iran’s Protesters? U.S. Silence

Reuel Marc Gerecht

We are now six days into the Iran protests, and the questions that seized Washington during the 2009 pro-democracy movement have now once again come to the fore. Should the United States try to help Iran’s protesters? Can we help them? more...

26th December 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

In the Mideast, Trump Gives Reality a Chance

Reuel Marc Gerecht

A lot of people are in a funk over President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The liberal media, most former government officials who’ve dealt with the Israeli–Palestinian imbroglio, and just about everyone at the United Nations appear certain that the decision had a lot to do with Mr. Trump’s disruptive nature, the president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner, Evangelical Christians and pro-Israel Republican donors. more...

16th December 2017 – Quoted by Matthew Contenetti - National Review

Decision time on Iran

Tony Badran, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Very soon, President Trump will have to decide whether America should remain a bystander to Iranian expansionism or take steps to confront this menace to international security and sponsor of global terrorism. more...

15th December 2017 – Quoted by Matthew Continetti - The Washington Free Beacon

Decision Time on Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Tony Badran

Very soon, President Trump will have to decide whether America should remain a bystander to Iranian expansionism or take steps to confront this menace to international security and sponsor of global terrorism. more...

15th December 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Deceptive Deja Vu

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

In France, all right-thinking people know instinctively what the pensée unique is—the socially acceptable view on any subject that ensures a Parisian won’t get axed from the better dinner parties and weekends in Normandy. The Democratic party, which remains a more coherent concatenation than the Republican party, has long been the camp in America more prone to virtue tests, which can, if you fail, get you sent to the woodshed or worse. more...

12th December 2017 – Hoover Institution

Countering Iran while Retreating

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Time has almost run out for the United States to deny the Islamic Republic hegemony in the northern Middle East. The clerical regime has the high ground and the Americans are, at best, slowing Iranian advances. The approximately two thousand troops Washington has reportedly deployed to Syria, mostly in the north and the southeast, have prevented the Tehran–Moscow–Damascus axis from dominating all of the strategic locations in the country. more...

30th November 2017 – Quoted by Agence France Presse

CIA’s Pompeo: tough-talking ex-soldier has earned Trump’s trust

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Donald Trump's reported plan to make CIA chief Mike Pompeo his top diplomat would bring another tough-talking military veteran into his cabinet, but hand over a troubled State Department to someone with untested diplomatic skills. more...

27th November 2017 – Wall Street Journal Opinion

Foreign Edition with Mary Kissel

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD's Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses the terrorist attack in the Sinai as well as Syrian peace talks on Foreign Edition with Mary Kissel. more...

24th October 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

If Trump wants to contain Iran, then he should start containing Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

One of the stated reasons for President Trump’s decision to decertify the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was to signal a new, more intensive effort to address Iran’s non-nuclear behavior. The argument is deeply flawed for two important reasons. more...

16th October 2017 – Quoted by Peter Buxbaum - Global Trade Magazine

Trump’s Trade Conundrum With Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

From an international trade perspective, one issue looms largest in the face of President Donald Trump’s decertification of the Iran nuclear deal last week. more...

16th October 2017 – Quoted by the National Security Desk - The Patriot Post

Trump Threads the Needle on Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

He's decertifying the deal but not exiting it, and there are good reasons for this nuanced approach. more...

13th October 2017 – The Washington Examiner

Trump throws a Hail Mary pass against Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Trump has finally decertified his predecessor's nuclear agreement with Iran. Twice before, in April and July, Trump certified, per the requirement in the 2015 Iran Nuclear Review Agreement Act, that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action remained in the interest of the United States. According to senior White House officials, he did so most reluctantly and was determined to not do it again. more...

11th October 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How to Defeat the Islamic Republic

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran’s modern history is replete with examples of the citizenry seeking to reclaim power from despots. more...

9th October 2017 – Quoted by The Editors - The Weekly Standard

He’s Right About Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Presidential candidate Donald Trump disparaged the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran in characteristically superlative terms: “My number-one priority,” he said to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in March 2016, “is to dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran. more...