Analysis & Commentary

14th May 2014 - Cited by Ed Crooks, Financial Times

Energy Sanctions Aim to Hurt Russia More Than the West

Mark Dubowitz

As the US looks for levers to exert influence over Russia, energy is an obvious choice. Oil and gas generate more than 50 per cent of...

14th May 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Isn’t Complying with the Interim Deal

Mark Dubowitz

A fundamental requirement of the interim deal — Iran’s cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency personnel — is not being fulfilled. The White House’s...

13th May 2014 - Quoted by Neil Buckley, Christian Oliver and Ed Crooks, Financial Times

West Looks to Broaden Sanctions on Russia

Mark Dubowitz

The US and its leading European allies are preparing wider sanctions on Russia’s economy and are discussing a ban on the export of...

13th May 2014 - Quoted by Jessica Hume, Toronto Sun

Label Iran’s Basij as Terror Organization, Group Urges Canada

Mark Dubowitz

The Canadian government should designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as well as its feared plain-clothes police service, the Basij, as terrorist organizations, the...

13th May 2014 - Quoted by Kasia Klimasinska, Bloomberg News

U.S. With EU Plays Down Industrywide Sanctions on Russia

Mark Dubowitz

Officials in the U.S. and European Union are playing down the prospect of punishing Russia with sanctions targeting entire industries...

13th May 2014 - Quoted by Oren Dorrell, USA Today

Probe Targets Why U.S. was ‘Last Flag’ in Benghazi

Thomas Joscelyn

The intention of the chairman of a select committee on Benghazi to bore in on why the United States was "the last flag flying" in the militant-infested Libyan city may...

12th May 2014 - Cited by Hassan Hassan and Michael Weiss, The American Interest

Saudi Arabia Recalibrates

Tony Badran

Significant changes in Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy over the past six months have been precipitated by the Gulf giant’s troubled relations with two very different countries...

11th May 2014 - Quoted by Sean Savage, JNS

After Peace Talks Collapse, Will Israel be Forced to Take Unilateral Steps?

Jonathan Schanzer

With the recent collapse of the U.S.-brokered peace negotiations, the Palestinian leadership has embarked on a broad plan of unilateral action to gain recognition...

11th May 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Boko Haram’s Bin Laden Connection

Thomas Joscelyn

In 2002, Osama bin Laden dispatched an aide to Nigeria to hand out $3 million in local currency to a wide array of Salafist political organizations there that shared...

10th May 2014 - CIted by Helene Cooper, The New York Times

In Yemen, a Counterterrorism Challenge

Bill Roggio

After years of a tortuous relationship with Ali Abdullah Saleh, the strongman who was president of Yemen for more than two decades, Obama administration...

6th May 2014 - Quoted by Politifact

Sen. Johnson: Clinton’s State Dept. Cut Security in Libya Before Deadly Terror Attacks

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

With the launch of a new Benghazi investigation, Republicans will once again scrutinize the actions of Hillary Rodham Clinton's State Department...

6th May 2014 - Quoted by John Allen Gay, The National Interest

Did We Bomb Libya to Keep the Arab Spring Going?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

America is naturally a status quo power in international affairs. The current international order is of great benefit to us—no surprise there, as we’ve played the dominant...

5th May 2014 - Quoted by Paul Alster, Fox News

US Aid Indirectly Helps Hamas, Under Deal with Palestinian Authority

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian Authority's announcement that it will send 3,000 police officers to Gaza as part of a unity agreement with Hamas could mean U.S. taxpayers...

2nd May 2014 - By Daniel Serwer, Peace Through Understanding

Triage, Not Retreat

Clifford D. May

I spent yesterday morning at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) annual shindig on the Middle East, “Allies, Adversaries and Enemies.”

1st May 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp, Vox

Al-Qaeda’s Getting Weaker — But Terrorism is Getting Worse

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Terrorism is getting more dangerous. According to new data, first released in an official State Department report on Wednesday, almost 7,000 more people were...

29th April 2014 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Alex Lawler, Reuters

Iran’s Oil Exports Fall in April, Closer to Western Limits

Timothy Wilson

Iran's oil exports fell in April for a second month, according to sources who track tanker movements, moving closer to levels allowed...

29th April 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas, The Jewish Telegraphic Agency

After Peace Talks Collapse, Experts Counsel a Wait-and-see Approach

Jonathan Schanzer

The best move for the Obama administration on the Middle East peace front may be to take a few steps back. That’s what some observers...

29th April 2014 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone, The New York Times

U.S. Announces Actions to Enforce Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The United States government escalated enforcement of its Iran sanctions on Tuesday, adding eight Chinese companies, a Dubai...

28th April 2014 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Ilya Arkhipov and Kasia Klimasinska, Bloomberg News

U.S. Drip-Feed of Sanctions Seen Ineffective With Putin Provoked

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Obama administration's decision to tighten the noose around Russian President Vladimir Putin's inner circle risks provoking a cycle...

28th April 2014 - Quoted by Dmitriy Shapiro, JSN

After Past Failures, Will Latest Attempt at Palestinian Unity Turn Out Differently?

Jonathan Schanzer

Past attempts by the Islamist terrorist group Hamas and the secular Fatah movement to jointly rule the Palestinian territories have failed...


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