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24th July 2014 - Quoted by Steve LeVine - Quartz

Here’s An Effective Way to Sanction Russia, and Why it Hasn’t Happened So Far

Mark Dubowitz

Western officials hoping to alter the behavior of Russian president Vladimir Putin are examining a lot of targets for sanctions, but analysts say one entity seems to be off the table for now—Gazprom.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Sharona Schwartz - The Blaze

Egypt’s ‘Not-So-Subtle’ Message to John Kerry

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his entourage were forced to undergo a metal detector security screening as they arrived for a meeting with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo Tuesday, a message Middle East watchers say is rife with significance, but which the State...

23rd July 2014 - Mentioned by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

Hezbollah Talks Big But Bows Out of the Gaza War

Jonathan Schanzer

Hamas is increasingly isolated in the region as it fights its ferocious war against Israel. In the old days Hezbollah might have helped—but not now.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Qatar Seeks to Pull Hamas Away from Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

The Gulf Arab state of Qatar, with just over two million people, is playing an outsized role on the world stage these days, dipping its fingers into various conflicts in the region.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by William M. Welch - USA Today

Tel Aviv Flight Ban Cuts off Israelis

Jonathan Schanzer

For the first time in more than two decades, major international flights were suspended to Israel's main airport Tuesday because of rocket fire from the Gaza Strip, limiting Israel's access to allies around the world as the latest military confrontation with Hamas deepens.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Qatar’s Purchase Of Billions Of US Weaponry, And Support For Hamas, Shows How Awkward Foreign…

Jonathan Schanzer, David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar recently cemented an enormous weapons deal with the United States.

22nd July 2014 - Iran Matters

Expert Opinions on the Extension of Negotiations

Orde Kittrie

Nine foreign policy experts write on what they believe the extension of P5+1 talks will mean for the future of nuclear negotiations with Iran.

22nd July 2014 - Interviewed by James B Kerwin & Grant Holly - Private Journey Magazine

Watcher On The Wall

James Woolsey

IN “A FEW GOOD MEN,” WHEN JACK NICHOLSON, COL. NATHAN R. JESSUP, famously replies to Tom Cruise’s, Lt. Daniel Kaffee’s, demand for the truth: “You can’t handle the truth” he’s not just referring to Lt. Kaffee or the people in the courtroom.

22nd July 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Iran Talks Extended, But Uranium Enrichment Remains Stumbling Block

Mark Dubowitz

The issue of Iranian uranium enrichment remains as stubborn an obstacle to a nuclear deal as it was at the launch of the talks six months ago.

21st July 2014 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Ex-CIA Chief Says This Would Be the ‘Darkest Day’ for Iran and Russia

James Woolsey

Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Monday that alternative fuel is the only way to truly weaken Iran’s and Russia’s positions in the world.

21st July 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. to Give Iran Another $2.8 Billion, Concedes Enrichment

Mark Dubowitz

The United States will give Iran access to another $2.8 billion over the next several months and appears to have conceded to Iran’s demand that it be permitted to domestically enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, according to senior Obama administration officials.

21st July 2014 - Quoted by Terry Atlas and Jonathan Allen - Bloomberg

Obama Seen Gaining on Putin as U.S. Prods EU on Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama’s response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine reflects the consensus of U.S. officials that time, evidence, and world opinion are increasingly on his side as he takes on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

21st July 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama Talks Out of Both Sides of His Mouth on Gaza

Jonathan Schanzer

You knew this was coming: “President Obama told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday that he had ‘serious concern’ about the growing number of casualties on both sides in Gaza..."

21st July 2014 - Cited by Evan Moore - U.S. News

Force Iran to Make a Choice

The United States and other world powers extended the deadline to reach a comprehensive final agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program to November 24, 2014.

20th July 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato & Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Obama Is Now Boxed In By The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is playing the long game in negotiations over its nuclear program. And it may have already boxed in U.S. President Barack Obama, with help from an increasingly tumultuous state of world affairs.

20th July 2014 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Is Iran About To Lash Out at Its Dissidents?

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States and five other major powers negotiating about the Iranian nuclear program agreed to a four-month extension of the talks until Nov. 24.

20th July 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Persian Nuclear Carpet Ride

Negotiating with Tehran is often compared to haggling in a Mideast bazaar, and after Friday's decision to extend talks over the country's nuclear program we're reminded why. In exchange for essentially no concessions, the mullahs were given $2.8 billion in hard cash to keep talking for...

19th July 2014 - Quoted by Steve LeVine- Quartz

Putin is Having Trouble Backing Out of the Corner in Which He’s Trapped Himself

Mark Dubowitz

Russian president Vladimir Putin has marched into a corner—having opted for war to halt Ukraine’s courtship with the West, he now faces international opprobrium and the probability of stinging new sanctions over the Malaysian Airlines crash.

18th July 2014 - Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Until Late November

Mark Dubowitz

Iran agreed to new steps to contain its nuclear work in exchange for additional sanctions relief from the U.S. as the two sides extended negotiations for four more months to reach a comprehensive deal.

17th July 2014 - Quoted by Justyna Pawlak and Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

West Considers Early Sanctions Moves in Troubled Iran Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord at an impasse, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process to try to wring concessions from Tehran, diplomats say.


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