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)
UN Appoints New Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran

10th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

UN Appoints New Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Iran

Tzvi Kahn

The UN Human Rights Council on Friday appointed Javaid Rehman, a British-Pakistani lawyer and academic, as the new special rapporteur for human rights in Iran. Rehman assumes the role as the Islamic Republic continues to endure widespread protests stemming in part from the brutal repression that Rehman’s predecessors have punctiliously documented. more...

Analysis & Commentary

5th July 2018 – Iran Wire

The US Must Put Minister of Justice on Sanctions List

The US Must Put Minister of Justice on Sanctions List

Tzvi Kahn

In February 2018, as Iran’s clerical regime continued to suppress nationwide protests, Tehran’s minister of justice ascended the dais of the UN Human Rights Council and accused Western countries of hypocrisy. more...

5th July 2018 – Real Clear World

The Rial’s Fall Shakes Tehran

The Rial’s Fall Shakes Tehran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A small number of merchants in Tehran on June 24 protested against the rapid depreciation of the rial, the Iranian currency. One day later, that small protest turned into the largest demonstration in Tehran since the Green Revolution of 2009, which brought hundreds of thousands into the streets. more...

27th June 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Confirmed: First evidence of Iranian-controlled militia involvement in southern Syria

The Iraqi Shia militia Liwa Zulfiqar, which is controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, released a picture of its forces in the southern Syria town of Busra al Harir. The photo offers first confirmed evidence of the Iraqi militia’s – and thereby Iran’s – involvement in the current Syrian offensive on rebel-held areas in southern Syria. more...

22nd June 2018 – Business Insider

Iran’s supreme leader torpedoed his country’s best chance to get off the terror financing blacklist

Iran’s supreme leader torpedoed his country’s best chance to get off the terror financing blacklist

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran's own Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, may have just torpedoed his own country's campaign to be removed from the blacklist of states who cannot or will not prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. more...

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