Analysis & Commentary

23rd March 2018 - New York Daily News

With John Bolton, the Iran deal ‘nixers’ have an upper hand over the ‘fixers’

Mark Dubowitz

My long-standing hope for a fix to the fatal flaws of Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal may have just gone on life support with the appointment of John Bolton as President Trump’s national security adviser. While we are both strong critics of the deal, Bolton and I have dueled it out in...

23rd March 2018 - War on the Rocks

Death of a General: What Shaban Nasiri Reveals About Iran’s Secretive Qods Force

Amir Toumaj

One of the most experienced founding members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and its secretive expeditionary Qods Force was Shaban Nasiri – a general who died near Iraq's Mosul last year after stepping on an improvised explosive device. In his latest op-ed for War on the Rocks, Amir...

23rd March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

PayPal Shuts Account of French BDS Group with Links to Terrorism

Benjamin Weinthal

The US online payment service PayPal on Thursday pulled the plug on the account of the French branch of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) - an organization that Israel has accused of aligning itself with pro-Palestinian terrorists who murdered three civilians in Tel Aviv in 2003...

22nd March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German FM Rejects Predecessor’s Characterization of ‘Apartheid’ Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s new Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Wednesday again parted ways with his predecessor’s anti-Israel rhetoric, saying he rejects labeling the Jewish state an “apartheid regime.”

22nd March 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Germany Stalls Iran Talks Over Labelling Hezbollah as Terrorists

Benjamin Weinthal

Germany’s government tossed a wrench into the ongoing Iran nuclear talks with the United States, rejecting a US demand to designate the entire Hezbollah organization as terrorist and blaming the Trump administration for its pro-Israel policies.

22nd March 2018 - Quoted by Josh Lederman and Matthew Lee - Associated Press

Will a revised Iran deal prove to be good enough for Trump?

Richard Goldberg

Trump administration negotiators have a tough sales job as they pressure European allies to accept new restrictions to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal: Even if the Europeans agree, President Donald Trump may blow up the deal anyway.

22nd March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

Senate Vote Reflects Growing Congressional Concern over Yemen

Varsha Koduvayur

On Tuesday, the Senate voted 55-44 to block a joint resolution to end U.S. military support to Saudi forces in Yemen. The resolution, timed to coincide with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman’s visit to the White House, reflects congressional concern about Yemen, in particular the...

22nd March 2018 - Quoted by Conor Finnegan - ABC

‘Constructive talks’ toward new Iran deal no guarantee Trump won’t tear it up, top US negotiator say

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. and European partners have held "constructive talks" toward a side agreement to address what the Trump administration sees as the flaws in the Iran nuclear deal, according to the top U.S. negotiator.

22nd March 2018 - Quoted by Fox Business

Trump appears closer to terminating Iran deal: ex-Saudi envoy

Clifford D. May

A former U.S. ambassador to Saudi Arabia said Tuesday that President Donald Trump appears to be moving closer to terminating the Iran nuclear deal, which comes up for renewal next month.

22nd March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

United Nations Report Highlights North Korea Sanctions Violations

Mathew Ha

Last week, the UN Panel of Experts released its latest report on sanctions violations by North Korea and its enablers. The contents of the report indicate that the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign is working, yet there remains much to be done to ensure that Western...

22nd March 2018 - FDD Policy Brief

The Saudi Crown Prince is in Washington and Has Iran on His Mind

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday, the first stop on the prince’s two-and-half-week tour of the United States. Saudi Arabia is looking for American reassurance and support on a wide range of issues related to the Iranian...

21st March 2018 - Interviewed by Mercy A. Kuo - The Diplomat

Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: Assessing US Strategy

Samantha F. Ravich

Trans-Pacific View author Mercy Kuo regularly engages subject-matter experts, policy practitioners, and strategic thinkers across the globe for their diverse insights into U.S. Asia policy. This conversation with Dr. Samantha Ravich – Principal Investigator on two projects at the...

21st March 2018 - Quoted by Elliott Abrams - Council on Foreign Relations

What’s Next For Lebanon? Stability and Security Challenges

Tony Badran

21st March 2018 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

Israel admits it took out a Syrian reactor in 2007 — and it may have prevented a nuclear ISIS

Jonathan Schanzer

Israel's military admitted on Tuesday what intelligence communities around the world had long known — that Israeli airstrikes had taken out a would-be nuclear reactor in Syria in 2007.

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

Germany Selling Iran Chemical Weapons Tech, Boosting Anti-Israel Efforts as U.S. Dems Block Trump Am

Richard Goldberg

U.S. officials are increasingly alarmed by a congressional block on President Donald Trump's pick to be the next ambassador to Germany, a holdup that comes as Berlin pursues a host of anti-Israel measures and is growing closer to Iran, according to multiple administration insiders who spoke...

21st March 2018 - Quoted by Gardiner Harris - The New York Times

U.S. Taking Negotiations ‘One Week at a Time’ on Expiring Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

As they gathered last week, perhaps for the last time, diplomats from countries that brokered the Iran nuclear accord publicly and uniformly declared it was working — despite a death watch over the deal in Washington.

21st March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Al Qaeda chief says America is the ‘first enemy’ of Muslims

Thomas Joscelyn

As Sahab has released two new messages from al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri in recent days. In the first, he again criticizes Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's Islamic State, accusing it of sowing dissent in the jihadists' ranks. In the second, Zawahiri reminds jihadists and Muslims that his...

21st March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

US strikes Shabaab south of Somalia’s capital

Bill Roggio, Alexandra N. Gutowski

US forces conducted nine strikes in Somalia this year, all of which have targeted al Qaeda's affiliate in the country.

21st March 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Islamic State suicide bomber strikes near shrine in Afghan capital

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State's Khorasan branch quickly claimed responsibility for an attack near a shrine in Kabul, Afghanistan earlier today. The Sunni jihadists regularly target Shiite civilians in Afghanistan and elsewhere.

21st March 2018 - The Canadian Jewish News

Standing up for Iranian Women

Sheryl Saperia

Maryam Mombeini, the wife of a Canadian-Iranian professor who died in a Tehran prison under suspicious circumstances last month, was detained by Iranian authorities while trying to board a flight to Canada on March 8 – International Women’s Day.


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