Analysis & Commentary


24th February 2012 - Quoted by Corriereweb.net

Iran, Verso la Cancellazione Della Lapidazione?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

L’Iran è un paradosso per molti, come scrive Emanuele Ottolenghi, il quale, in La Bomba Iraniana, spiega brevemente anche la condizione della donna nella Repubblica Islamica. Qui “la percentuale femminile di detentrici di studio è più alta di quella maschile

23rd February 2012 - Quoted by Terry Glavin, Ottawa Citizen

America is Ready to Fix Our Sanctions Mess for Us

Sheryl Saperia

It’s also getting a bit much for the fiercely pro-sanctions Foundation for Defense of Democracies, based in Washington, D.C. “Targeting Chinese companies may present a significant political cost,”

22nd February 2012 - Quoted by Jabeen Bhatti and Portia Walker, USA Today

Activists Ensure that the World Sees Syria’s Bloodbath

Tony Badran

The United States should send a covert team into Syria to assess the rebels and what they need and start working on training, doctrine and building a chain of command, says Tony Badran, a researcher at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

21st February 2012 - Quoted by Zach Silberman, JTA

As Syria Crackdown Intensifies, Debate Rages Over U.S. Options

Tony Badran

“What [the Obama administration] wants to see in Syria is a peaceful political solution," said Tony Badran, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

18th February 2012 - Quoted by Terry Glavin, Ottawa Citizen

Enacting Sanctions on Iran Isn’t Enough

Sheryl Saperia

Sheryl Saperia, the Canadian policy director of the Washington, D.C.-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies, says Canada should be making a serious effort, now more than ever, to ensure that sanctions work.

17th February 2012 - Quoted by Ewa Krukowska and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, Bloomberg

Swift Says Ready to Implement Sanctions on Iran Institutions

Mark Dubowitz

Iran would be the first country to be cut off by Swift, according to Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington policy group, who has advised the Obama administration and congressional offices on SWIFT and other sanctions measures.

17th February 2012 - Quoted by John Kemp, Reuters

EU Pays Price for Oil Sanctions on Iran: John Kemp

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

In an influential report on the "Oil Market Impact of Sanctions Against the Central Bank of Iran", which has circulated widely in Washington and European capitals, sanctions advocates Mark Dubowitz and Reuel Marc Gerecht of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies...

17th February 2012 - Cited by Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy

Conservatives Call for Obama to Intervene in Syria

Clifford D. May, Michael Ledeen, John Hannah, James Woolsey, Tony Badran, Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Fifty-six leading conservative foreign-policy experts wrote an open letter Friday to U.S. President Barack Obama calling on him to directly aid the Syrian opposition and protect the lives of Syrian civilians.

17th February 2012 - Quoted by Jonathan Tirone and Nicole Gaouette, Bloomberg

Iran Offers ‘Readiness’ for Nuclear Talks as It Faces Financial Isolation

Mark Dubowitz

“If strictly implemented, this could deny Iran’s banks the ability to move billions of dollars in financial transactions, and put immense pressure on Iran’s leaders to reconsider their policies,” Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

17th February 2012 - Quoted by Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times

Obama Administration Takes Back Seat on Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, an energy expert who has been advising Congress on sanctions, said the Obama administration has tried to add sanctions "in a measured way to assure international support and to avoid anything that would spook oil and financial markets."

17th February 2012 - CNN

A Syrian Resistance Leader’s Plea to the World

The Syrian revolution has taken place as a long-delayed response to the misery and helplessness visited upon the Syrian people by a narrow authoritarian clique that treated the country as its own private fiefdom.

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

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