Analysis & Commentary

14th November 2014 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Caving to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

It's not clear when (or whether) the Obama White House will conclude a final agreement with Iran over its nuclear program.

13th November 2014 - Cited by John Allen Gay - The National Interest

12 People to Follow on Twitter for the Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

It’s fish-or-cut-bait time in the Iran nuclear talks, with the deadline for an agreement now less than two weeks away.

13th November 2014 - Cited by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Bipartisanship is Our Best Hope for Stopping a Bad Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

President Obama has been making so many concessions that the likelihood of Iranian negotiators making a deal by the Nov. 24 deadline, rather than waiting for more generous terms to fall into their laps, is diminishing.

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

AP Sources: IS, al-Qaida Reach Accord in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Militant leaders from the Islamic State group and al-Qaida gathered at a farm house in northern Syria last week and agreed on a plan to stop fighting each other and work together against their opponents, a high-level Syrian opposition official and a rebel commander have told The Associated...

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Mark Pomerleau - The Hill

Reasons for a New Counterterrorism Framework

Thomas Joscelyn

Experts, scholars and some members of Congress have called for the Obama administration to reevaluate its approach to combating terrorism.

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Nova Safo - Marketplace

An Apartment in the Sky, for Just $20,000 One-Way

David Andrew Weinberg

Have you ever day-dreamed about flying first class and getting those precious extra inches of space? Well, how about 125 square feet of space?

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Ben Jacobs - The Daily Beast

McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

Sen. John McCain, who once joked about bombing Iran, is now pushing for a bill that would benefit a company that’s in business with the Iranian government.

13th November 2014 - Quoted by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

4 Turkish terrorists caught in Texas after being smuggled across border

Jonathan Schanzer

Four men flew from Istanbul through Paris to Mexico City in late August, where they were met by a Turkish-speaking man who stashed them in a safe house until their Sept. 3 attempt to cross into the U.S. over the border with Mexico.

12th November 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Negotiator: U.S. Must Bow to Our ‘Inalienable Nuclear Rights’

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks said this week that the United States must bow to Iran’s “inalienable nuclear rights” and hinted that Western countries are being fooled about the extent of concessions being made by Tehran in talks, according to regional...

12th November 2014 - Quoted by David Conti - The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Iran-United States Relationship Remains Virtually Frozen

Ali Alfoneh

Back-channel diplomacy, letters to the Ayatollah and even a trip to Pittsburgh by a deputy cultural minister might signal to some a warming of U.S.-Iran relations.

12th November 2014 - Quoted by Joel Pollak - Breitbart

Iran Expert: Congress Can Defend Iran Sanctions From Obama

Mark Dubowitz

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Mark Dubowitz, an Iran expert and executive director of the nonpartisan Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that Congress has tools at its disposal to resist efforts by the Obama administration to circumvent the legislature and...

12th November 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Escapes Isolation; Obama Frantic for a Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Just when you think things can’t get any worse in the P5+1 talks, along comes this news.

11th November 2014 - Cited by Andrew C. McCarthy - National Review Online

The Beltway’s Syria Fairy Tales

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Since the outbreak of the latest Middle East war a few years back, we have been chronicling the Washington political class’s Syria Fairy Tales.

11th November 2014 - Cited by the Tower

Sanctions Expert: Iran Cheats “Incrementally” to “Eat Up Time” and Avoid Consequences

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

For an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens interviewed Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, on Iran’s strategy for evading the consequences of violating its nuclear agreements.

11th November 2014 - Cited by Semih Idiz - Al-Monitor

No Chance Turkey Will Be ‘Kicked Out of NATO’

Jonathan Schanzer

The US-led fight against the Islamic State (IS), and in particular the battle for Kobani, the predominantly Kurdish town in northern Syria that is shouting distance from the Turkish border, has turned into a “stress test” for Turkey’s NATO membership, if one is to go by some Western...

11th November 2014 - Quoted by Terry Atlas and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Netanyahu Seeks More Iran Sanctions Over a Bad Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that Israel won’t rush to attack Iran if the international negotiations to curtail the country’s nuclear program don’t reach a deal by a Nov. 24 deadline.

11th November 2014 - Quoted by Michael Crowley and Burgess Everett - Politico

Preemptive Strike

Mark Dubowitz

Two weeks before a crucial diplomatic deadline, newly victorious Republicans in Congress are plotting to derail one of Barack Obama’s few remaining chances for a second-term policy legacy: a nuclear deal with Iran.

10th November 2014 - Quoted by Bryan Bender - The Boston Globe

US Shouldering Brunt of ISIS Air Campaign

Bill Roggio

The military coalition attacking the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria has been heralded by President Obama as “almost unprecedented,” especially for the participation of Arab air forces. Indeed, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and Bahrain have helped carry out strikes...

10th November 2014 - Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

If Iran Says ‘Yes’

Mark Dubowitz

I am on record predicting that a nuclear deal with Iran will founder on the opposition of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.

7th November 2014 - Quoted by Leah Barkoukis - Townhall

The Rise of the Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the September 11 attacks, al Qaeda has been a household name in America, one that’s been seared into the minds of national consciousness as the country’s preeminent terrorist threat. But on the eve of September 11 this year, President Obama spoke from the White House about a new...


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