Analysis & Commentary

5th August 2015 - USA Today

Amend Iran Deal to Improve It: Opposing View

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal has a major structural flaw. Rather than permanently blocking Iran’s nuclear weapons pathways, it opens a patient path. Tehran simply has to follow the deal to emerge in 10 to 15 years as a much more dangerous adversary with a massive nuclear program, a short path to...

5th August 2015 - The National Review

Why Obama Is Wrong to Compare Himself to JFK

Jonathan Schanzer, Clifford D. May

Speaking at American University today in defense of his nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama twice invoked President John F. Kennedy.

4th August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Jihadists in Syria Honor Mullah Omar, Praise Taliban’s Radical State

Thomas Joscelyn

Just one day after the Taliban confirmed that Mullah Omar was dead, the Syria-based jihadist group Ahrar al Sham heaped praise on the Taliban leader in a statement released online.

4th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Majles and the JCPOA

Amir Toumaj

In the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed last month, Iran’s concessions on its nuclear activities have sunset clauses that begin expiring in year 10.

4th August 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Obama’s Gift to the Ayatollah

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, signed this month by the six world powers with Iran lifts a UN arms embargo by 2020, sanctions against Iran’s ballistic missile program by 2023, most nuclear restrictions by 2025, and a cap on low-enriched uranium stockpile by 2030.

4th August 2015 - Hurriyet Daily News

What the Iran Deal Could Cost Turkey

Merve Tahiroglu

The nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran signed earlier this month presents a predicament for Turkey. On one hand, the Islamic Republic is a neighbor that offers vast economic and energy opportunities. On the other, it is a menace that threatens Turkey’s regional interests.

4th August 2015 - NOW Lebanon

There Will Be Neither Snapback Nor Pushback

Tony Badran

President Obama views his deal with Iran as a stepping stone for a broader, strategic relationship with the Islamic Republic. "There is definitely a larger picture here,” an administration official told the New York Times last Friday.

3rd August 2015 - Ahram Online - Co-written by Emre Caliskan

Turkey and Qatar: An Asymmetric Partnership That Harms Ankara

Aykan Erdemir

Until a few years ago, many analysts considered Turkey a rising star. With its booming economy, “zero problems with neighbours” policy, and active role in mediating the region’s disputes, they viewed Ankara as a potential model for the Muslim world.

3rd August 2015 - The Washington Institute

Shiite Combat Casualties Show the Depth of Iran’s Involvement in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

During a televised address on July 26, Syrian president Bashar al-Assad admitted for the first time that his regime is suffering from "a lack of human resources" in the ongoing civil war, implicitly acknowledging the casualties inflicted on the various Iranian-sponsored forces assisting his...

3rd August 2015 - National Interest

Egypt: Iran’s Next Sunni Rival

Oren Kessler

After an initially cautious response to the Iran nuclear deal, Egypt upped the ante against Tehran last week, with both the Foreign Ministry and the Al-Azhar religious seminary condemning the Islamic Republic’s “interference” in Arab affairs.

2nd August 2015 - The Long War Journal

Former Guantanamo Detainee Mullah Zakir Supports New Taliban Emir

Bill Roggio

Mullah Adbul Qayoum Zakir, a member of the Taliban’s executive council and the group’s former military commander, denied reports that he disagrees with the appointment of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the replacement for deceased Taliban emir Mullah Omar.

2nd August 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Business As Usual: Austria to Sell Iran Cranes for Possible Use in Hangings

Benjamin Weinthal

Traditionally, Austrian governments have been the least critical of the Islamic Republic’s human rights violations. Now, Austria’s government plans to rekindle a business relationship that could involve the export of cranes, to be used to hang Iranians.

2nd August 2015 - Foreign Affairs

Palestine on Deck

Grant Rumley

No major actor in the Middle East will go unaffected by the recent nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 negotiators, and the Palestinians are no exception.

1st August 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Euro Maccabi Games Marred by Anti-Semitism in Berlin

Benjamin Weinthal

Two youths taunted six Jewish men with anti-Semitic insults and tossed an object at the group, police in the German capital said on Friday. The attackers fled and are being sought for alleged attempted assault and hate crimes.

31st July 2015 - Energy Compass

The Iran Deal and the Challenge of Sanctions Relief

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

Reaching a nuclear deal with Iran was a substantial undertaking for the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reflects that.

31st July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s branch in Syria says it captured US-backed rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement claiming that it has captured US-trained rebels belonging to a group called “Division 30.”

31st July 2015 - The Long War Journal

The Taliban’s New Leadership is allied With Al Qaeda

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

The Taliban has announced that a new emir and two deputy emirs have been chosen to lead the organization following the confirmation of Mullah Omar’s death.The Taliban’s new emir is Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, a longtime deputy to Omar.

31st July 2015 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda’s Branch in Syria Says it Captured US-backed Rebels

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front, al Qaeda’s official branch in Syria, has released a statement claiming that it has captured US-trained rebels belonging to a group called “Division 30.” The statement, seen below, was released today on one of the group’s official Twitter feeds.

31st July 2015 - The World Affairs Journal

Iran’s Expendable President Rouhani

Ali Alfoneh

While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif celebrate their recent nuclear negotiating triumph, neither they nor their Washington-based fans should pop the Zamzam cola just yet.

31st July 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

History Contradicts the Dream of Iranian Moderation

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Most backers of the nuclear accord with Iran hopefully insist that the theocratic regime will moderate once sanctions are lifted. Plugged back into the global economy, Iran will become less militant.


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