Analysis & Commentary


22nd May 2018 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Newsmax

New Iran Strategy Acknowledges Possibility of Domestic Regime Change

Mark Dubowitz

On May 21, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech that outlined our new Iran strategy, in wake of withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal.

22nd May 2018 - Quoted by William Gallo - Voice of America

Pompeo Vows ‘Unprecedented’ US Sanctions Against Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has unveiled a far-reaching list of demands for any new nuclear deal with Iran, and threatened economy-crushing sanctions if Tehran does not change its behavior.

22nd May 2018 - Quoted by Erik Rosales - CBN

Pompeo Vows To Bring ‘Strongest Sanctions In History’ on Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Some are calling it the strongest speech ever by a secretary of state.

22nd May 2018 - Quoted by Seth Frantzman - The Jerusalem Post

Five Takeaways from Pompeo’s Iran Speech

Jonathan Schanzer

In a half-hour speech at The Heritage Foundation, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo sought to chart the way forward after the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

22nd May 2018 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNS News

Trump’s New Iran Strategy Seen As a Push for Regime Change

Mark Dubowitz

Some prominent supporters of the Iran nuclear deal say the Trump administration’s proposed campaign of “unprecedented financial pressure” designed to change Iran’s conduct is in fact aimed at bringing about regime change.

22nd May 2018 - Quoted by Damien McElroy - The National

US sanctions on Revolutionary Guards causes Iran investment rethink

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

After a decade or more of untrammelled growth, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is a greater economic force than many small nation states.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

Putting a New Squeeze on Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Hard on the heels of U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear accord, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday laid out a new strategy to contain Iran’s nuclear ambitions and regional imperialism.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Michael Gordon - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Lays Out Demands for New Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration put Iran on notice that any new deal would require it to stop enriching all uranium and halt its support for militant groups in the region, sweeping demands that Tehran swiftly rejected.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Robin Wright - The New Yorker

The Trump Administration Calls on Iranians to “Make a Choice About Their Leadership”

Mark Dubowitz

In a speech on Monday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared that the United States will “crush” Iran with a new package of economic, diplomatic, military, and cyber pressures if it does not accept sweeping changes to its policies at home and abroad.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Nicole Gaouette and Laura Koran - CNN

Pompeo threatens US will ‘crush’ Iran through sanctions and pressure campaign

Mark Dubowitz

The US will aim to "crush" Iran with economic and military pressure unless it changes its behavior in the Middle East, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday in a speech that many analysts saw as a policy of regime change in everything but name.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Louis Nelson - Politico

Pompeo threatens Iran with ‘strongest sanctions in history’

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday threatened to impose “the strongest sanctions in history” on Iran unless it takes dramatic steps, including permanently abandoning its nuclear program, halting missile tests and withdrawing military forces from Syria.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

Pompeo Declares Economic War on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration’s new strategy on Iran essentially amounts to economic war.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Katrina Manson - Financial Times

US demands exacting terms for new Iran nuclear treaty

Mark Dubowitz

The US has laid out a set of exacting demands for a new nuclear treaty with Iran, insisting that Tehran end its “malign behaviours” in the Middle East in return for waiving all economic sanctions and re-establishing full diplomatic ties.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Curt Mills - The National Interest

Pompeo Demands a King’s Ransom from Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Pompeo’s address “signaled to a broad coalition of countries threatened by Iran regime as well as those who must choose [between] U.S. & the regime, there’s a diplomatic path forward.

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Gregory Hellman - Politico

Politico Morning Defense

Olli Heinonen

Wall-to-wall NDAA action ahead

21st May 2018 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Europe Plotting to Undermine New U.S. Sanctions on Iran

Richard Goldberg

European countries are currently examining a range of options to counter the reimposition of harsh U.S. sanctions on Iran in a bid to continue doing business with the Islamic Republic, a move that is being met with chilly reception on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are already putting in...

19th May 2018 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Protests continue for third day in southern Iran city as Pompeo tweets support for demonstrators

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As protests continued for a third day in the southern Iranian city of Kazerun, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted his support for the protesters in that country.

18th May 2018 - Co-authored by Alex Entz - The Weekly Standard

How the US Can Keep Venezuela from Becoming a Failed State

Michaela Frai

On Sunday, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro will face his country’s hungry, impoverished voters. The election will be neither free nor fair, so another win for the corrupt Socialist party is almost guaranteed. Already, Western countries are rightly rejecting the outcome.

18th May 2018 - Quoted by Krishnadev Calamur - The Atlantic

In Europe, Standing Up to America Is Now Patriotic

Mark Dubowitz

The United States and Europe have had serious foreign-policy disputes before—notably during the Iraq War, when France and Germany split with the U.S. over the invasion.

18th May 2018 - Quoted by Wade Bennett - American Military News

North Korea buying time to hide nukes with threats to Trump-Kim summit, intel officials say

Anthony Ruggiero

Intelligence officials suspect that North Korea’s sudden threat to cancel the upcoming summit with the U.S. is a way for the country to buy time in order to hide its nuclear weapons.


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