Analysis & Commentary


1st December 2011 - Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Iran Clings to Oil Lifeline as U.S. Pushes for Tighter Financial Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, director of the Iran Energy Project at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and co-author of a confidential report on Iran circulated on Nov. 29 to the Administration and Congress

1st December 2011 - Cited by Bloomberg

EU Wimps Out on Oil Sanctions to Halt Iran’s Nuclear Drive: View

Mark Dubowitz

Iran has also sweetened the pot for India, giving refiners there far more generous payment options than those available from countries such as Saudi Arabia.

28th November 2011 - Interview by Spielgel Online, Germany

“Ohne Hilfe von Außen Fließt noch Mehr Blut”

Herr Abdulhamid, in der syrischen Opposition wird der Ruf nach einer militärischen Intervention aus dem Ausland immer lauter. Glauben Sie tatsächlich, dass die Nato oder eine andere Staatenkoalition Baschar al-Assad aus dem Amt bomben sollte, nach dem Vorbild Libyens?

28th November 2011 - Cited by Toni Johnson, Council on Foreign Relations

Egypt’s Uncertain Vote

A number of experts, such as Leila Hilal and Khaled Elgindy, say that removing the military (FP) from transitional political process will help with stability.

24th November 2011 - Cited by Il Foglio

Teheran Chiama, Berlino Risponde

Benjamin Weinthal

Sono molte le iniziative tedesche a sostegno dell’economia iraniana. Il Marriott Hotel di Amburgo ha appena ospitato l’Iran Business Forum con la compagnia te esca IPC-GmbH, volto a facilitare investimenti tedeschi in Iran.

23rd November 2011 - Quoted by the National Post

The Next Step in Sanctioning Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Sheryl Saperia

But the Canadian government can do even more. As Mark Dubowitz and Sheryl Saperia argued recently in a column published in the National Post, Ottawa should add Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps Qods Force (IRGC-QF)

22nd November 2011 - Quoted by Helmar Dumbs, Die Presse

Iran: Sanktionen mit Blick auf den Ölpreis

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Der Iran reagierte wie immer. Das Außenamt hieß die neuen Sanktionen „wirkungslos“. Schon bei der bisher letzten vom UN-Sicherheitsrat verhängten Runde im Herbst 2010 hatte Präsident Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gemeint

22nd November 2011 - Quoted by Christi Parsons and Paul Richter, Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times

U.S. to Announce New Sanctions Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

"This is unlikely to drive them away, because it still doesn't contain specific penalties," said Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

22nd November 2011 - Quoted by Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times

U.S. Slaps Iran With More Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, noted that the money-laundering designation does not call for specific penalties for companies that continue to do business with Iran.

22nd November 2011 - Quoted by Helmar Dumbs, Die Presse

“Sanktionen Wirken, Wenn Man Ihnen Zeit Lässt”

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Die Presse: Unmittelbar nach dem jüngsten IAEA-Report brach eine Diskussion über neue Iran-Sanktionen los. Wie müssten die beschaffen sein, damit sie wirksam sind. Und warum haben die bisherigen kaum Resultate erbracht?

20th November 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Sanctions: Are We Serious?

Mark Dubowitz

If the administration truly wants to avoid military action and finds it “unacceptable” for Iran to get a nuclear weapon, it should be the one pressing for the toughest sanctions possible.

18th November 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Would Obama Use Military Force to Stop Iran From Getting Nukes?

Jonathan Schanzer

It’s hard to tell the motive for leaking this information. Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies e-mailed me: “There’s one way to look at this positively — it can be viewed as psychological warfare, in an attempt to persuade the Iranians to stand down.”...

18th November 2011 - Quoted by Florian Niederndorfer, derStandard.at

“Der Fall Libyen Hat Die Verhandlungen Mit Dem Iran Erschwert”

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi erfüllt fast alle Kriterien, die gemeinhin an einen "Hawk", einen politischen Falken US-amerikanischer Prägung, angelegt werden. Er befürwortet die Hegemonie Amerikas in der westlichen Welt

18th November 2011 - Quoted by Kerry Skyring, Deutsche Welle - Germany

Nuclear Resolution Keeps Pressure on Iran But Lacks Teeth

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emmanule Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington, told Deutsche Welle the resolution lacks decisiveness.

17th November 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Santorum’s Foreign Policy Advantage

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a longtime proponent of sanctions, wouldn’t comment off the cuff on Santorum’s proposals.

15th November 2011 - Quoted by Andrew Sullivan, The Daily Beast

What Happens If Iran Gets The Bomb?

Benjamin Weinthal

Benjamin Weinthal explains what sorts of new sanctions might succeed in preventing an Iranian bomb. Marc Tracy imagines how China could be brought on board.

14th November 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Israel is Planning for the Inevitable

14th November 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Israel is Planning for the Inevitable

Jonathan Schanzer

Jonathan Schanzer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies explains the dilemma: “Ultimately, the Israelis cannot wait for a green light from the U.S. when its survival is at stake.

14th November 2011 - Quoted by John Vinocur, The New York Times

Sharper Talk, if Not Action, on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

According to Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, which tracks sanctions against Iran, Europe accounts for 20 to 25 percent of Iran’s daily energy-export income.

13th November 2011 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

The Arab League Goes After Assad

Jonathan Schanzer

While the Arab League’s action comes belatedly, after thousands of Syrians have been slaughtered or tortured or simply disappeared, it is nevertheless welcome news.

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