Analysis & Commentary


1st April 2015 - Quoted by Lesley Clark - McClatchy DC Bureau

Iran talks could be pivotal to Obama’s legacy

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama’s ambitious bid to limit Iran’s nuclear capabilities poses one of the greatest foreign policy challenges of his presidency.

1st April 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran Nuclear Talks: More Wrangling Ahead

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiations in Switzerland over Iran's nuclear program continue to be extended while the world awaits a final result.

1st April 2015 - Quoted by Haaretz

Is ISIS Proposing a Truce, or Waging Psychological Warfare?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In a recent edition of Dabiq, an English-language propaganda tool of ISIS, the group appears to be seeking legitimacy from the international community. FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the goals and motivations of these new comments and what they mean moving forward....

31st March 2015 - Mentioned by Joel Himelfarb - Newsmax

Reports: Iran Concealing Nuclear Materials in North Korea, Syria Read Latest Breaking News from New

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

As suspicions grow that Iran may be hiding nuclear material in North Korea, State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf dismissed the possibility and suggested that it was a strange concept, the Washington Free Beacon reported Tuesday.

31st March 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Experts: Iran Housing Nuke Materials in North Korea, Syria

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A top State Department official on Monday dismissed reports that Iran may be hiding key nuclear-related assets in North Korea and implied that she was unaware of the possibility, despite the publication this weekend of several articles by top analysts expressing alarm at the extent of...

31st March 2015 - JNS.org News Service

Amid Nuclear Talks, Iran Forges Ahead with Middle East Power Play

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the world awaits the results of nuclear negotiations in Switzerland, the Middle East continue to struggle with various conflicts across the region.

31st March 2015 - Quoted by Hugh Tomlinson, David Taylor - The Times

Obama ‘giving too much away’ to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The US has made fundamental mistakes in nuclear negotiations with Iran that have wrecked the chances for a good deal, an expert on Tehran’s ambitions has claimed.

31st March 2015 - Quoted by Marisa Schultz - NY Post

Schumer facing first big test in Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

Sen. Charles Schumer, a strong ally of the White House and of Israel, faces his first big test as heir apparent to the Senate Democratic leadership over a possible Iran nuclear deal.

31st March 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - The Daily Beast

ISIS Wants a Truce

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Through an English-language propaganda platform ISIS has seemingly extended an invitation for dialogue with the international community and possible truce. FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross explains why this is actually a ploy by ISIS to break the coalition opposed to it.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Lausanne Dispatch: Secret Facilities in NK, Syria a Possible New Issue in Iran Nuke Talks

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Claudia Rosett

Iran has dispersed elements of its nuclear program to North Korea, introducing redundancy into its nuclear infrastructure that will undermine the usefulness of any deal, according to recently published articles by a range of journalists and policy analysts.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by Jonathan S. Tobin - Commentary

Iran Tests Obama’s Desperation Again

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

As the last weekend before the deadline for its nuclear talks with Iran wound down, administration sources were talking as if a deal was a foregone conclusion.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Obama surrendered leverage in Iran nuke talks by easing sanctions, critics say

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. and Iranian negotiators struggled to clinch a nuclear deal as Tuesday’s self-imposed deadline drew ever nearer, even as critics said the White House already had given up a key point of leverage by easing pressure on Iran’s economy in the months leading up to a prospective deal.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

Obama faces enormous stakes as Iran talks go down to wire

Mark Dubowitz

The centerpiece of President Obama’s second-term foreign policy agenda is hanging in the balance Tuesday as negotiators struggle to reach a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program.

30th March 2015 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

In Iran talks, failure is an option

Mark Dubowitz

Even if negotiators in Switzerland strike a partial agreement on Iran’s nuclear program ahead of a midnight deadline Tuesday, they can’t relax yet.

27th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

These maps show what could happen next in Yemen — and how it could impact global politics

Oren Adaki

As Saudi Arabia and its coalition of partner Sunni states intervenes in the growing war within Yemen, the south Arabian country is taking on major geopolitical significance.

27th March 2015 - Quoted by Colin Freeman, David Blair and Peter Foster - The Telegraph

Iran can accept nuclear limits for 10 years says ally of Supreme Leader

Mark Dubowitz

The chances of America and Iran reaching a landmark nuclear deal have risen after a senior aide to the country’s Supreme Leader said that Tehran could accept a limit on its capacity to enrich uranium for 10 years.

27th March 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Sunni-Shi’ite wars going global

Oren Adaki, David Andrew Weinberg

Feeling that its back was against the wall as Iranian-backed Shi’ite Houthi forces moved to take over neighboring Yemen, Saudi Arabia has lashed out with its own Sunni coalition, threatening to take the sectarian conflict to a new level.

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

IS Likely Trying to Add Al-Shabab to Its Ranks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Growing divisions within the leadership of the al-Shabab terror organization could soon push some, if not all, of the Somali-based outfit to pledge allegiance to the group known as the Islamic State.

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Yemen crisis threatens Obama Iran nuclear talks, further clouds Middle East policy

Mark Dubowitz

The confusion and cross-purposes that have plagued President Obama’s troubled Middle East policy are only getting worse as the U.S. on Thursday voiced its support for a new Egypt-Saudi military campaign to roll back the Iran-allied rebels in Yemen.

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Sarah Westwood - Washington Examiner

Feds canceled Deloitte Palestinian contract on evidence of joint cover-up

Jonathan Schanzer

A $12.2 million contract to boost the Palestinian economy was scrapped more than a year before its scheduled completion after U.S. Agency for International Development officials covered up the poor performance of its contractor, Deloitte Consulting.

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