Analysis & Commentary

27th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran sanctions relief sparks growing trade with Europe, Asia

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran provides only “limited” financial relief to the Islamic Republic.

27th March 2015 - World Affairs Journal

Dealing with Iran: Get It in Writing

Annie Fixler

On March 25th, the New York Times reported that Iranian negotiators are resisting putting onto paper the yet-to-be-finalized political framework for a comprehensive agreement on its nuclear program.

27th March 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

WSJ Live

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on U.S. concessions to Iran

27th March 2015 - Fox News


Oren Adaki

Yemen Crisis Brings Middle East to the Brink

27th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

These maps show what could happen next in Yemen — and how it could impact global politics

Oren Adaki

As Saudi Arabia and its coalition of partner Sunni states intervenes in the growing war within Yemen, the south Arabian country is taking on major geopolitical significance.

27th March 2015 - MSNBC

Morning Joe

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey on proxy war

27th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Arabia Tries to Flip Sudan

Laura Grossman, David Andrew Weinberg

Sudanese President and internationally wanted man Omar al-Bashir landed in Riyadh on Wednesday to kick off his first official visit with Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman. To underscore the significance of his visit, Salman personally greeted Bashir at the airport. Hours later, a Saudi-led...

27th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

A Fruit Vendor’s Self-Immolation and the Neglect of Arab-Iranians

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Tragedy struck Iran’s Arab-majority province of Khuzestan on Sunday as a fruit vendor died after self-immolating outside the local municipality building. Like Mohamed Bouazizi – the Tunisian fruit seller whose death sparked the Arab Spring – Younes Asakereh’s suicide was an act of...

27th March 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Sunni-Shi’ite wars going global

Oren Adaki, David Andrew Weinberg

Feeling that its back was against the wall as Iranian-backed Shi’ite Houthi forces moved to take over neighboring Yemen, Saudi Arabia has lashed out with its own Sunni coalition, threatening to take the sectarian conflict to a new level.

26th March 2015 - Fox Business Network

After the Bell

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey comments on the presence of Iranian proxies in Yemen.

26th March 2015 - Standpoint Magazine

Fait Pas Accompli

Emanuele Ottolenghi

How bad is the nuclear deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran? The American public would not know the answer, had it not been for the speech that Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, delivered to a joint session of the US Congress on March 3.

26th March 2015 - Al Arabiya

Why ‘Operation Decisive Resolve’ is the ultimate setback for Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Today’s Saudi-led international military intervention in Yemen, Operation Decisive Storm, is a decided setback for Iran’s regional ambitions.

26th March 2015 - Voice of America

Voice of America

Ali Alfoneh

Analysts: Iran’s Supreme Leader Has Ultimate Say on Nuclear Deal

26th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Saudi Arabia begins Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen

Oren Adaki

Saudi Arabia and Arab allies began an airstrike campaign in Yemen at midnight last night in response to the growing threat from Iranian-backed Shiite Houthi rebels, who have expanded their military control southward towards the port of Aden since their seizure of the Yemeni capital,...

26th March 2015 - Fox Business Network

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on Iran in Yemen

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

IS Likely Trying to Add Al-Shabab to Its Ranks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Growing divisions within the leadership of the al-Shabab terror organization could soon push some, if not all, of the Somali-based outfit to pledge allegiance to the group known as the Islamic State.

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Yemen crisis threatens Obama Iran nuclear talks, further clouds Middle East policy

Mark Dubowitz

The confusion and cross-purposes that have plagued President Obama’s troubled Middle East policy are only getting worse as the U.S. on Thursday voiced its support for a new Egypt-Saudi military campaign to roll back the Iran-allied rebels in Yemen.

26th March 2015 - Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on the Iran deal

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Sarah Westwood - Washington Examiner

Feds canceled Deloitte Palestinian contract on evidence of joint cover-up

Jonathan Schanzer

A $12.2 million contract to boost the Palestinian economy was scrapped more than a year before its scheduled completion after U.S. Agency for International Development officials covered up the poor performance of its contractor, Deloitte Consulting.

26th March 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Obama’s Iran Policy Is Lost at Sea

Claudia Rosett

American negotiators and their cohorts are trying to close a deal that would let Iran keep its nuclear program, subject to intricate conditions of monitoring and enforcement. Yet how is a deal like that supposed to be verified? The Obama administration can’t even keep up with the...


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