Analysis & Commentary

3rd February 2016 - FDD Press

Nuclear Deal: Impact on Iran-Turkey Economic Relations

Jonathan Schanzer

The recent implementation of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) will have a profound impact on the Middle East. From heightened tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia to Iran’s ability to finance terrorist proxies with sanctions relief, there are many...

29th January 2016 - Quoted by Akhilesh Pillalamarri - The Diplomat

Revealed: Why ISIS Hates the Taliban

Thomas Joscelyn

Is the Islamic State (IS, also commonly known as ISIS) obsessed with the Taliban? And if so, why? A new issue of the group’s self-published magazine, Dabiq, offers some hints as to why this is the case. Dabiq’s pages are filled with refutations of the Taliban’s ideology.

27th January 2016 - FDD Press

The Iran-North Korea Nuclear Nexus: Unanswered Questions

Is there a nuclear proliferation nexus between Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)? Pyongyang tested a nuclear weapon in early January – its fourth such test in a decade and its third since President Barack Obama took office. A top Iranian official overseeing...

11th January 2016 - FDD Press

Doubling Down on Damascus: Iran’s Military Surge to Save the Assad Regime

Max Peck

Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war reached new heights in 2015.

7th January 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Sound of Silence: Iranian-Saudi Tension Highlights U.S. Pullback from the Region

David Andrew Weinberg

Amid heightened tensions between the two most powerful Muslim nations in the Middle East, experts say the loudest sound might be American silence.

7th January 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

This Was the Moment Obama Decided Not to Intervene in Syria

Tony Badran

US President Barack Obama decided to delay launchign airstrikes against the Syrian government in 2013 during a walk in the White House garden with his chief of staff, Denis McDonough, according to an in-depth profile of McDonough from Politico Magine's Glenn Thrush.

4th January 2016 - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Deal Backers Embarrassed By Obama Admin’s Sanctions Blunder

Mark Dubowitz

A last minute delay last week in the implementation of new Iran sanctions has some prominent congressional backers of the nuclear deal accusing the Obama administration of capitulating to Iranian demands, according to sources both on and off Capitol Hill.

31st December 2015 - Quoted by Mosaic

Meet Germany’s Jeremy Corbyn and Her Loyal Followers

Benjamin Weinthal

While the Hizballah-loving Jeremy Corbyn has won the leadership of Britain’s Labor party, Sahra Wagenknecht, one of two leaders of Germany’s hard-left die Linke party, recently made headlines by equating the aerial bombing campaign against Islamic State with the group’s own barbaric...

25th December 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin- Voice of America

Should US Accept Greater Risk of Civilian Casualties in IS Fight?

Bill Roggio

Washington’s reluctance to risk civilian casualties in the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State terror group is again being questioned as Iraqi forces, with the support of American air power, try to wrest control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi from IS.

23rd December 2015 - Quoted by Josh Rogin- Bloomberg

Congress and Obama Agree on Something: Iran Should Pay Victims

Mark Dubowitz

A Supreme Court case on compensating victims of terrorism gives House Republicans and the Obama administration a chance to agree about Iran for the first time in a long time.

11th December 2015 - Quoted by Adelle Nazarian - Breitbart

Royce: Obama ‘Whitewashing’ Iran Deal Revelations

Mark Dubowitz

On Tuesday, December 15, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors will vote on a resolution, delivered by the P5+1 that, if approved, will close the investigation into possible military dimensions of Iran’s nuclear program and past nuclear work.

9th December 2015 - Kayhan-e-Landan

The Guards Fueling Middle East Turmoil

وز دوم دسامبر علی آلفونه تحلیل‌گر ارشد بنیاد دفاع از دموکراسی در رابطه با نقش سپاه پاسداران در منازعات منطقهء خاورمیانه به ارائه گزارشی مستند در مقابل کمیته...

6th December 2015 - Quoted by Stephen Callinson- WSBT

Obama Speech Aims to Reassure a Nervous Nation

John Hannah

President Barack Obama will try to reassure a nervous nation on Sunday that he has a plan to defeat the fast-evolving threat of terrorism, as fears multiply of ISIS attacks on the homeland and public trust in his handling of the threat has dipped to record lows.

25th November 2015 - FDD Press

Strengthening the Verification and Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) puts Iran’s nuclear program under greater scrutiny than before and reduces the likelihood of an overt dash to the bomb for the next 10 years.

20th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Al Qaeda Hasn’t Been Neutralized

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Secretary of State John Kerry believes that al Qaeda’s “top leadership” has been “neutralize[d]” as “an effective force.” He made the claim while discussing the administration’s strategy, or lack thereof, for combating the Islamic State (ISIS), which is al Qaeda’s jihadist...

20th November 2015 - FDD Press

Monumental Fight: Countering the Islamic State’s Antiquities Trafficking

Yaya J. Fanusie

In the four and a half years since the Syrian civil war began, the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS) has become one of the most destabilizing actors in the Middle East.

16th October 2015 - FDD Press

Proliferation Fallout from the Iran Deal: The South Korean Case Study

Mark Dubowitz

The nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), fails to achieve the stated goal of the P5+1: blocking all pathways to an Iranian nuclear bomb.

21st September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Still Hope for Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

To better understand tha Islamic Republic of Iran, don’t turn straight away to the front page of the newspaper. Rather flip to the labor union and business sections and press. Growing worker unrest, particularly among trade unions, suggests that regime change in Iran cannot be summarily...

11th September 2015 - FDD - Roubini Report

Iran’s Mysterious Shrinking Reserves: Estimating the Value of Tehran’s Foreign Assets

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

A close review of the Iran nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has exposed a major divergence between estimates of the Iranian government’s assets held abroad.

3rd September 2015 - FDD Press

The Race to Replace Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian national project is at a crossroads. Mahmoud Abbas—the aging president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and leader of Fatah—is 10 years into a four-year term as PA president and shows no signs of stepping down....


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