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 - 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...

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 - 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 - 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...

26th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Boko Haram kidnaps hundreds from Damasak

Laura Grossman

West African terrorist outfit Boko Haram reportedly kidnapped over four hundred young women and children as it fled from the northeastern Nigerian town of Damasak earlier this month.

25th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Unanswered Questions Surrounding Tehran-Pyongyang Cooperation

Ali Alfoneh

With the deadline for nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group drawing near, unanswered questions about the nature of the relationship between Tehran and Pyongyang are taking on new significance.

25th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

State Department adds Islamic Caucasus Emirate leader to terrorist list

Thomas Joscelyn

The State Department announced today that Aliaskhab Kebekov (also known as Ali Abu Muhammad al Dagestani) has been added to the US government’s list of specially designated global terrorists.

25th March 2015 - Business Insider

The Sanctions on Iran Are Already Falling Apart

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran gave Tehran’s economy only limited sanctions relief and that it can respond to Iranian misbehavior by snapping back sanctions at any time in.

25th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Shipping Weapons Across Middle East

Oren Adaki

Reports surfaced last Friday about the arrival of an Iranian ship at the Houthi-controlled al-Saleef port in Hodeidah in northwestern Yemen, unloading more than 180 tons of weapons and equipment.

25th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US begins airstrikes against Islamic State in Tikrit, supports Shiite militias

Bill Roggio

The US-led military Coalition in Iraq is openly supporting Iranian-backed Shiite militias and Iraqi forces who are battling Islamic State fighters entrenched in Tikrit.

25th March 2015 - The Washington Times

What Netanyahu didn’t say

Clifford D. May

What is it about Israel in general and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in particular that leads to so much careless reporting and tendentious commentary?

24th March 2015 - Forbes

Lesson Of An Iran Sanctions Saga In Seoul

Claudia Rosett

If international sanctions on Iran are lifted pronto — a condition Iran is demanding as part of any nuclear deal — how hard might it be to reimpose them, in the likely event that Iran cheats?

24th March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda and allies form coalition to battle Syrian regime in Idlib

Thomas Joscelyn

On Mar. 19, the al Qaeda leader known as Sanafi al Nasr returned to Twitter after an absence of more than a month and half. Nasr is both an official in al Qaeda’s global network and a senior strategist in the Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria.

24th March 2015 - National Review

Still Needed: Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

In December 2010, a Tunisian fruit-stand vendor set himself ablaze to protest the arbitrary closure of his business. Mohamed Bouazizi’s suicide sparked an upheaval in Tunisia that led to the gradual, if halting, emergence of democracy in that country.

23rd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: Boko Haram loses ground, but remains in the fight

Laura Grossman

Nigeria and its allies appear to be making headway in the fight against Boko Haram. However, these initial victories may not mean that the region is closer to ending its fight against violent radical Islam.

22nd March 2015 - The Long War Journal

US military, diplomatic personnel quit Yemen as country descends into civil war

Bill Roggio

The US governemnt has withdrawn its military and remaining diplomatic personnel from Yemen as the security situation has spiraled out of control over the past week. Among the forces pulled from Yemen were more than 100 military advisors who were training Yemeni counterterrorism personnel to...

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