Analysis & Commentary


17th February 2012 - Quoted by the Associated Press

International Bank Clearinghouse Ready to Evict Iranian Finance Institutions

Mark Dubowitz

“If SWIFT follows through on its public commitment to ban Iranian banks, it could sever the Iranian regime’s financial lifeline,” said Mark Dubowitz, an Iran sanctions expert advising the Obama administration.

16th February 2012 - Quoted by Matthew Robertson, Epoch Times

Would-be China Defector, Once Bo Xilai’s Right Hand, Oversaw Organ Harvesting

“The so called ‘research scene’ that Wang Lijun refers to is either an outright execution site with medical vans, or possibly a medical ward, where peoples’ organs are surgically removed,” said Ethan Gutmann, who has published extensively on organ harvesting from Chinese prisoners...

16th February 2012 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Obama’s Flip-Flop on Nuclear Fuel

Clifford D. May

I recently wrote about the Obama administration's about-face on allowing Middle East countries to pursue nuclear fuel enrichment. Now, a distinguished group of conservative defense experts...

16th February 2012 - Quoted by By Laura Rozen, The Envoy

U.S. Slaps More Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, an Iran sanctions expert at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracy, weighed in on the result: "If it happens, the removal of these Iranian banks from the SWIFT system is a political and economic body blow to the Iranian regime,

16th February 2012 - Quoted by Shaun Waterman, The Washington Times

Sanctions May Be Changing Iran’s Nuke Plans

Mark Dubowitz

However, Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a hawkish Washington think tank, said: "Designing sanctions to make Khamenei relent in his 30-year quest for a nuclear weapon is a delusion."

15th February 2012 - Cited by Tom de Castella, BBC News

How Did We Forget About Mutually Assured Destruction?

Clifford D. May

In the National Review, Clifford D May writes: "During the Cold War, the United States adopted a strategic doctrine called MAD: Mutually Assured Destruction. The logic behind it was both perverse and compelling...

15th February 2012 - Quoted by Andrew Quinn, Reuters

In Growing Syria Crisis, Obama has Few Options

Tony Badran

"As the Obama administration agonizes over arming the opposition, the arming is already happening," said Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies,

14th February 2012 - Cited by Julie Pace and Anne Gearan, AP

US, Europe Look at Fast But Risky Penalty on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, a sanctions expert advising the White House on Iran, said the Obama administration is having detailed discussions on the merits and consequences of forcing SWIFT to block Iranian transactions.

12th February 2012 - Quoted by Rodrigo Craveiro, Correio Braziliense - Brazil

Guerra Subterrânea

Michael Ledeen

No campo virtual, o wormde computador Stuxnet também representou um duro golpe para o programa nuclear iraniano. De acordo com o neoconservador Michael Arthur Ledeen, ex-conselheiro especial do secretário de Estado norte-americano Alexander Haig

12th February 2012 - Quoted by Patrick Martin, The Globe and Mail - Canada

Al-Qaeda Leader Publicly Sides with Syrian Opposition

“Al-Qaeda has no sympathizers among the protesters,” said Ammar Abdulhamid, a Syrian activist and fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Washington.

11th February 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

EU Sanctions on Iran’s Main Ports Will Slash Trade If Enforced

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies in Washington, a research group that supports sanctions on Iran, said the Tidewater ban is an important step in hampering Iran’s weapons proliferation.

9th February 2012 - Cited by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

CPAC panel debates how the Arab Spring affects the U.S.

Clifford D. May

Moderator Cliff May, president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, began by asking the panelists if the Arab Spring was a good thing for America. Even the most optimistic participant about the downfall of authoritarian regimes, former deputy national security advisor Elliott...

9th February 2012 - Cited by Ari Bildner, Tip on the Trail

Analysts Talk Arab Spring at Conservative Confab

Clifford D. May

Reagan administration foreign policy expert Elliott Abrams, Senior Counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice David French, and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore were also on the panel, which was moderated by Cliff May, president of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

8th February 2012 - Cited by the Richmond Times-Dispatch

Iran: Stay Steady

Clifford D. May

Clifford May, a perceptive student of geopolitical affairs, reports a glimmer of good news. Tough sanctions may be having an impact on Iran. The sanctions cannot do the job by themselves,

7th February 2012 - Cited by Renata Malkes, O Globo - Brazil

Síria: Procura-se Estratégia

Tony Badran

Os contra-ataques cada vez mais violentos das Forças Armadas da Síria levam analistas a acreditar que Assad voltou seu aparato repressivo contra o chamado Exército Livre da Síria (ELS), formado por desertores.

7th February 2012 - Quoted by Patrick J. McDonnell and Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times

US, Allies Weigh Options in Syria

John Hannah

Some arming of the opposition "is going to be happening in any case, because there are a lot of people in the gulf who see a lot of advantages in accelerating what's going on in Syria," said John P. Hannah, who was national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney.

7th February 2012 - Quoted by Gary Gentile, Platts Oilgram News, Volume 90, Number 26

US Adds Freeze of Assets to Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

“This is an implementation of the central bank sanctions, designed to primarily target Iranian oil sales,” Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said.

7th February 2012 - Quoted by Hilary Leila Krieger, The Jerusalem Post

US Extends Sanctions to Iran’s Central Bank

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said, “This executive order is the logical next step in the administration’s economic war on the Iranian regime.

6th February 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Obama Freezes Iranian Government, Bank Assets in U.S.

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington policy group that has advised the administration and Congress on sanctions, called Obama’s executive order the logical next step in the “administration’s economic war on the Iranian regime.”...

6th February 2012 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Iran-Sanctions Bid Targets Oil, Tanker Companies

Mark Dubowitz

A global oil embargo isn’t the intent of the congressional proposals, according to Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a Washington policy group that has advised Congress and the administration on sanctions.

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