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Analysis & Commentary - Mark Dubowitz

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1st January 2018 – Co-authored by Ray Takeyh - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Theocracy Is on the Brink

Mark Dubowitz

Iran has a peculiar habit of surprising Americans. It has done so again with the protests engulfing its major cities. The demonstrations began over economic grievances and quickly transformed into a rejection of theocracy. more...

1st January 2018 – Co-authored by Daniel B. Shapiro - Politico Magazine

Where We Can Agree on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Imagine a free, democratic, independent and wealthy Iran giving full expression to the beauty of Persian culture and the brains and spirit of its people. 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...

11th December 2017 – The New York Times

Iranian Terror. Argentinian Cover Up. Justice at Last?

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

One morning last week, Argentines woke up to a political earthquake: A judge had charged a former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, with “treason against the homeland,” punishable by up to 25 years in prison. more...

15th October 2017 – Interviewed by Tobin Harshaw - Bloomberg

Has Trump Fixed the ‘Worst Deal Ever’? Kinda, Sorta

Mark Dubowitz

Decertifying the Iran pact isn't the same thing as ripping it up. But Iran hawk Mark Dubowitz thinks it could be a start to a tougher agreement. more...

11th October 2017 – USA Today

‘Decertify, pressure and fix’

Mark Dubowitz

Decertifying the nuclear deal with Iran is the first step toward fixing its severe deficiencies that place Iran on a North Korean-style glide path to developing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. more...

25th September 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How Trump Can Improve the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Powerful voices at home and abroad are pressuring President Trump to give his blessing to his predecessor’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Mr. Trump has repeatedly pledged to renegotiate the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or scrap it altogether. There is a way for him to highlight the agreement’s egregious deficiencies while showing his determination to improve the deal or leave it. We call this strategy “decertify, waive, slap and fix.” more...

1st August 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Averting a Third Lebanon War

Mark Dubowitz

Hezbollah’s missile buildup, facilitated by Lebanon and Iran, is forcing Israel’s hand. more...

28th July 2017 – Equities

Mark Dubowitz from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on US Policy Toward Russia

Mark Dubowitz

In a recent interview with Julie Banderas for the Fox News Channel, Mark Dubowitz, executive director for the Foundation for Defensive Democracies, a non-profit, policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security, discussed the following points regarding Sessions’ recusal and the related distractions stemming from the ongoing investigation of Russia’s meddling in the US Presidential election. more...

4th July 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Confront Iran the Reagan Way

Mark Dubowitz

One message of President Trump’s is popular at home with his political base and embraced abroad by key Middle Eastern allies: The Islamic Republic of Iran is imperialist, repressive, and—unless we adopt a new strategy—on its way toward possessing nuclear weapons. To keep the threat at bay, Mr. Trump should take a page from the playbook Ronald Reagan used against the Soviet Union. more...

17th May 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Trump Tries a ‘Waive-and-Slap’ Approach to Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration had no sooner renewed a waiver on U.S. sanctions against Iran’s crude-oil exports Wednesday than it introduced a raft of new sanctions against the regime. Call it the waive-and-slap approach. more...

22nd March 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

The Delusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump promised to rigorously and radically enforce the Iran nuclear agreement, which he called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” It sounds tough, but it’s an approach that plays into the hands of the Iranian mullahs. more...

6th March 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Mark Dubowitz

Last month, the Donald Trump administration noted that it was contemplating whether to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, a State Department listing that includes Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), and many other groups. more...

16th February 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Standing With Israel on the Golan Heights

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

Benjamin Netanyahu has achieved his primary objective of resetting ties with the U.S. after eight years of tensions. True, the Israeli prime minister and Donald Trump still need to bridge the gap on issues such as Palestinian-Israeli diplomacy and West Bank settlements. more...

4th February 2017 – The Hill

Trump’s Iran sanctions signal return to coercion

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Friday the Treasury Department added 13 persons and 12 entities to their Specially Designated Nationals list for supporting “Iranian destabilizing activity.” According to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the sanctions communicate the end of “turning a blind eye to Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community.” more...

8th October 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Obama Loosens Iran Sanctions on Dollars, IRGC

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an update ‪on Friday evening‬‬‬‬‪ ‬‬to‬‬ ‬‬its guidance about sanctions relief to Iran under the nuclear agreement. more...

27th September 2016 – Foreign Policy

The U.S. Is Helping Iran Fund Chaos in the Middle East

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Would the White House knowingly transfer tens of billions of dollars to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps and Hezbollah in Lebanon to finance the slaughter of Syrians or the next war against Israel? In theory, the Iran nuclear deal wasn’t supposed to fuel Iran’s imperialism and its ardent anti-Semitism. more...

15th September 2016 – The Huffington Post

Cash Rich, Aggressive

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Two American reconnaissance planes flew one mile wide of Iran’s airspace over the weekend, and according to a U.S. Navy official, kept a safe distance from known surface-to-air missile (SAM) sites. Iran warned the planes if they remained on course, they would be shot down, according to U.S. defense officials who called the threat “unprofessional.” more...

15th July 2016 – The Huffington Post

Iran Deal Cannot Whitewash Regime’s Deplorable Human Rights Record

Mark Dubowitz

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) this week, the Iranian regime continues to repress its people. Far from a new era of freedom, there has been no meaningful change in the regime’s deplorable human rights record, according to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. more...

14th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaws After One Year: Emboldened Iran and Diminished American Deterrence

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it is worth recalling why this deal is fatally flawed. The JCPOA provides Iran with a patient pathway to nuclear weapons capability by placing limited, temporary, and reversible constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities. more...