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Iran Project

Iran Project

Iran Project

To counter the threat Iran represents to America and its allies, FDD conducts detailed policy research, appears in print, online and broadcast media, and develops actionable policy recommendations. FDD's Iran team includes some of Washington's top experts on sanctions, illicit finance, nonproliferation, terrorism, human rights and Iran's domestic power apparatus.

FDD pushes for effective verification of the flawed Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear accord, as well as holding Tehran accountable on its illicit ballistic missile program, the network of armed groups it supports, its illicit financial activities, worldwide media operations, and domestic repression.   

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz is an expert on Iran’s global network, its nuclear, terrorist, missile and cyber, and is widely recognized as a key influencer in shaping sanctions policies. Senior Fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht, a senior fellow and former CIA Iran analyst, examines the inner workings of the Islamic Republic’s power structures, while Emanuele Ottolenghi tracks Iranian arms shipments to the war in Syria. Research Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu tracks Iran’s missile program, while Amir Toumaj follows Tehran-backed militia in the Syrian war.

“As Iran continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons, FDD has emerged as one of the most innovative thinks tanks in Washington when it comes to developing effective policies to stop the Islamic Republic before it’s too late. The kind of time-sensitive research, analysis and expertise that FDD provides the Congress is simply invaluable.”
– Former Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL)

“In particular, FDD has been one the most committed and creative voices in Washington regarding the Iran nuclear issue and specifically Iran sanctions. Your ideas inspired important components of the sanctions bill I authored and passed last Congress when I was Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and your ideas continue to enrich my thinking about sanctions as we move forward. My recent conversation in my office with Mark Dubowitz was one of the most enlightening I’ve had regarding Iran sanctions and oil markets.”
– Representative Howard Berman (D-CA)
Ottawa’s Takeaway From U.S. Decertification of Iran Deal

22nd November 2017 – Canadian Jewish News

Ottawa’s Takeaway From U.S. Decertification of Iran Deal

Sheryl Saperia

Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump chose not to recertify the Iran nuclear deal on the grounds that its terms fail to accomplish their objective of stopping Iran’s illicit nuclear program. Like most areas of Trump policymaking, the decision got caught in the haze of controversy surrounding the president. Canadians must see through that haze. more...

Analysis & Commentary

8th December 2017 – Quoted by Laurie Mylroie - Kurdistan 24

Germany and France tougher on Iran-backed militias than US

Tony Badran

Although US President Donald Trump has announced a tough new policy against Iran, both Germany and France—the two most important countries in the European Union—have taken a significantly harder line than the US against Iranian-backed militias in Iraq. more...

3rd December 2017 – Quoted by Ed Blanche - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s growing power could be explosive

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, David Adesnik

Beirut- Iran is poised to consolidate its growing power in the Middle East as it tries to com­plete a strategic land bridge from the Arabian Gulf to the Mediterranean despite advances in Syria by the United States and its allies. more...

3rd December 2017 – Quoted by Joyce Karam - The National

US senior official estimates 80% of Assad fighting force is Iranian sourced

Jonathan Schanzer

Senior members of the Trump administration upped the ante against Iran over the weekend, revealing a warning sent to Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani and promising a regional strategy to roll back Tehran’s proxies across the Middle East. more...

1st December 2017 – Quoted by Artin Afkhami - Just Security

Iran Policy Implications of Replacing Tillerson with Pompeo and Cotton to CIA

The White House has created a plan to replace Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with current CIA Director Mike Pompeo, and then nominate Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) to replace Pompeo at CIA, according to the New York Times. more...

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