Analysis & Commentary

13th October 2015 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Abbas’s Tongue Targets Temple Mount, and Israel Says the Result is Terror

Jonathan Schanzer

The Hamas terrorist group is open about its mission of destroying Israel.

13th October 2015 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

How to Negotiate with a Bully

Reuel Marc Gerecht

On Oct. 7, RT reported that four Russian missile ships in the Caspian Sea attacked 11 targets inside Syria with 26 cruise missiles. “According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu....

13th October 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake & Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Turkey Angers the Jihadists It Once Tolerated

Aykan Erdemir

With Turkish authorities now singling out the Islamic State as the chief suspect in this weekend's terrorist attack in Ankara, many media outlets have turned their anger toward the government. Did Ankara invite this attack with a lax policy toward jihadists in Syria?

13th October 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

This Iranian Airline is One of the Assad Regime’s Lifelines

Emanuele Ottolenghi

It's hard to fly to Damascus these days. Even if Russia's military intervention in the country has the ruling Assad regime breathing easier after months of infighting, manpower shortages, and territorial losses, Syria's government is still one of the most diplomatically isolated in the...

12th October 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Could Violate Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s recent test firing of a ballistic missile does not violate the recent nuclear deal, Obama administration officials said on Monday.

12th October 2015 - Ledger Enquirer - Quoted by Alva James-Johnson

Middle East Scholar Criticizes U.S. ISIS Policy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The United States has been misguided in its efforts to fight terrorism the past 14 years, a Middle East expert said Monday.

12th October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Consequences of the Iran Deal Unfold

Mark Dubowitz

No matter how many times conservatives say it, liberal elites don’t seem to get it: If you appease aggressors and bullies you will get more aggression and bullying. That is precisely what we see, predictably so, since the Iran deal was concluded and the Senate filibuster held.

11th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertran - Business Insider

The Bombing of a Pro-Kurdish Rally in Ankara Highlights the ‘Dangerous Cocktail’ Brewing in Turkey

Jonathan Schanzer

A twin bombing at a pro-Kurdish peace rally in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Saturday killed at least 86 people and wounded 186 others, Turkey's health minister has confirmed.The bombing took place outside Ankara's main train station shortly after 10 a.m. as hundreds of people gathered to...

11th October 2015 - Quoted by Anthony Furey - The Toronto Sun

Pay Attention to Iran Deal, Former CIA Head Warns

James Woolsey

The former head of the CIA warns that the nuclear deal with Iran will make Canada and the world less safe.

10th October 2015 - Quoted by Quentin Reverdy - Le Point

Attentat d’Ankara : Des Manifestants Accusent Le Gouvernement

Aykan Erdemir

Très vite, des sources gouvernementales ont laissé entendre qu'il s'agissait bien là d'attaques terroristes. Aucun doute pour le député CHP (sociaux-démocrates) Musa ςam, présent sur place. L'homme politique poste sur son compte Twitter la photo de l'une des billes d'acier...

10th October 2015 - Quoted bu Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Gulf States Boost Aid to Syrian Rebels

David Andrew Weinberg

The Sunni world is revving up for an explosive counterattack to Russia’s powerful intervention in Syria, and with limited options are likely to advance even more resources to Islamist rebels facing off against the Syrian regime.

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Louis Jacobsen - Politifact

Ben Carson says Mahmoud Abbas, Ali Khamenei, Vladimir Putin knew each other in 1968 Moscow

Ali Alfoneh

It sounds like the opening to a joke: A young Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and Russian President Vladimir Putin walk into a Soviet-era Moscow university …

9th October 2015 - Interviewed by Stewart Bell - The National Post

Obama Failing to Check Russian Imperialism, Former CIA Head Says

James Woolsey

In the eyes of former CIA director James Woolsey, Russian President Vladimir Putin is like the farmer Abraham Lincoln once recalled, who said he wasn’t greedy for land, he only wanted what adjoined what he already owned.

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Hussein Hamedani, Iranian General, Killed by Islamic State in Syria

A top Iranian military commander was killed by Islamic State fighters on the outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo on Thursday night, Iranian media reported.

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian

Senior Iranian Commander Killed in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has been killed in Syria in an incident that sheds light on Tehran’s growing, shadowy role in bolstering Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

9th October 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Four Seasons Evades Questions About Hosting Hamas Terror Leader

Jonathan Schanzer

The Four Seasons hotel chain is continuing to avoid questions about its recent hosting of a senior Hamas terror leader during a press conference held at the resort’s Doha location, sparking further questions about the hotel’s relationship with one of the terror group’s top leaders....

8th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

It Looks Like Obama Fell for ‘The Biggest Myth Out There’ in Syria

Tony Badran

President Barack Obama's stance of calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to transition out of power while maintaining basic government functions after he's ousted is a "fantasy" in the context of how the country works, according to Tony Badran, a researcher at the Foundation for the...

8th October 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Only a Matter of Time’: Russian Pilots are Boarding Helicopters in Syria With AK-74s

Boris Zilberman

Russian pilots manning combat helicopters in Syria can be seen in videos carrying AK-74 assault rifles with them into the cockpit, likely as a precaution in the event they get shot down by rebels.

8th October 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iran and Russia Plotted Defense of Assad During Final Months Of Nuclear Talks

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Russia and Iran decided in July to undertake joint military action to prop up Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, even while they sat on opposite sides of the table in nuclear negotiations, Reuters reported Tuesday.

8th October 2015 - Quoted by PR Newswire

New Report Examines U.S. Strategic Options Against Iran

The American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), a Washington, DC-based foreign policy and national security think tank, today announced the release of a major new strategy paper dealing with Iran.


Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Aykan Erdemir

Nonresident Senior Fellow


Yaya J. Fanusie

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Director of Analysis

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