Analysis & Commentary

29th July 2014 - Quoted by Rosie Gray - Buzzfeed

Congress Grows Restless As Iran Talks Drag

Mark Dubowitz

A top Obama administration official on Tuesday wouldn’t promise the the Iran nuclear negotiations will end by the new deadline.

29th July 2014 - Quoted by David Jackson and Jim Michaels - USA Today

U.S., Europe Hit Russia With New Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Russia Tuesday that they said will further cripple its economy, hopefully forcing President Vladimir Putin to end his support of armed rebels in Ukraine and to seek peace.

28th July 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry’s Meddling Goes Nowhere, Obama Tries Rescuing Hamas

Jonathan Schanzer

Kerry is back home now (to the relief of our allies in the region). But the mainstream media should at least report accurately how disastrous his trip was.

28th July 2014 - Quoted by the Global Post

N. Korea Yet to Develop ‘EMP’ Bombs: S. Korea

James Woolsey

North Korea appears to have not yet developed electromagnetic pulse (EMP) bombs despite its push to secure related technology.

28th July 2014 - Quoted by Keith Johnson - Foreign Policy

The Islamic State Is The Newest Petrostate

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The homicidal maniacs of the Islamic State, like many shady and not-so-shady groups before it, are apparently getting into the oil business. And it seems to suit them as they reportedly are making millions of dollars per day off of it.

27th July 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Israel Still Swears Hamas Kidnapped Those Teens

Jonathan Schanzer

Over the weekend it appeared that an Israeli official conceded something very valuable to Hamas.

26th July 2014 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa - Defense News

UAE Stiffens Counterterror Laws

David Andrew Weinberg

The United Arab Emirates Federal National Council has approved a revised draft of its 10-year-old counterterrorism law to respond to evolving threats last week.

25th July 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Even If An Intifada Has Started In The West Bank, It Won’t Look Anything Like The Last One

Grant Rumley

Hostilities continue between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, with Israel rejecting an American-brokered seven-day truce but agreeing to a 12-hour freeze in fighting.

25th July 2014 - Quoted by John Dyer - Vice News

International Arrests Show Women Are Playing an Active Role in Al Shabaab

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Members of the Somali terrorist group al Shabaab might be ruthless, oppressive killers. But, at least when it suits them, they aren’t chauvinists.

25th July 2014 - Quoted by Sean Savage -

Gaza Conflict Spotlights Role of Qatar, the Hamas-Funding U.S. Ally

Jonathan Schanzer

The oil-rich Gulf state of Qatar’s influence has been widely felt during the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict.

24th July 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

With Iran, 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.

24th July 2014 - The Tower

Experts: Don’t Reward Qatar and Turkey By Letting Them Dictate Israel/Hamas Ceasefire

David Andrew Weinberg, Jonathan Schanzer

Responding to reports that the United States, anxious to facilitate a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, “may be looking to Qatar and Turkey to help negotiate an end to the hostilities."

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 Armin Rosen - Business Insider

The Remarkable Story Of A Rising Terrorism Analyst Who Got Too Close To His Subjects

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Ayman Al Tamimi's career came apart in public last week.

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.


Tony Badran

Research Fellow

Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Eric S. Edelman

Senior Advisor

Aykan Erdemir

Senior Fellow


Yaya J. Fanusie

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Director of Analysis

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