Analysis & Commentary


16th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Flawed Nuclear Deal Allows Iran to Emerge As “Regional Power”

Tony Badran

The flawed nuclear deal reached yesterday “maps Iran’s emergence as a regional power, with the full blessing … of the United States,” Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, wrote in an op-ed published today in The New York Daily News....

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Obama May Now Have to Do Some ‘Mullah-Coddling’ in Syria

Tony Badran

President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement — a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran — was finalised this week after more than a decade of coercive diplomacy and 20 months of grueling negotiations.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Jackie Northam - NPR

Lifting Sanctions Will Release $100 Billion To Iran. Then What?

Mark Dubowitz

$100 billion: That's roughly how much the U.S. Treasury Department says Iran stands to recover once sanctions are lifted under the new nuclear deal. The money comes from Iranian oil sales and has been piling up in some international banks over the past few years. But there are questions...

16th July 2015 - NPR

All Things Considered

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran's $100 billion windfall as part of a nuclear agreement.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Erica Wenig - The Daily Caller

Here’s How Iran’s Neighbors Feel About The Nuke Deal In Five Comics

David Andrew Weinberg

Unhappy with the United States’ Iran deal, media outlets in Gulf states have published a slew of comics critical of the president’s plan.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Experts: Nuclear Deal May Spark US-Iran Cooperation Against IS

Jonathan Schanzer

The nuclear deal struck between Western powers and Iran earlier this week may herald more open cooperation between Washington and Tehran in the fight against Islamic State extremists, analysts say.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Christopher Adams, Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Ed Crooks - The Financial Times

Iran: The Oil and Gas Multibillion-Dollar ‘Candy Store’

Mark Dubowitz

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16th July 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The President is Expert at Enraging Congress

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration made clear Wednesday that after years of negotiations with Iran it would not wait for the 60-day consideration period it agreed to give Congress to vote up or down and instead would go first to the United Nations Security Council.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Sean Savage and Alina Dain Sharon - JNS

Following the Money: How Much of Iran Deal’s Sanctions Relief Will Fund Terror?

Jonathan Schanzer

Beyond the recently reached nuclear deal’s implications for Iran’s nuclear program itself, much of the fear about the agreement centers on how the substantial sanctions relief it provides to the Islamic Republic might open the floodgates to increased Iranian exporting of terrorism.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Continues Post-Deal Bashing of Israel, Calls it ‘Cause of Extremism’

Jonathan Schanzer

The nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers on Tuesday has not stopped Iranian inflammatory rhetoric against Israel.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Nuclear Deal Has No Effective Mechanism to Prevent Iranian Cheating

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran has a long history of violating international law, a behavior which the nuclear deal it negotiated with the P5+1 powers doesn’t have an effective mechanism to change, Benny Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday...

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Brian Bennett - Los Angeles Times

Iran Unlikely to Spend Most of its Post-Sanctions Funds on Militants, CIA Says

Mark Dubowitz

A secret U.S. intelligence assessment predicts that Iran’s government will pump most of an expected $100-billion windfall from the lifting of international sanctions into the country's flagging economy and won't significantly boost funding for militant groups it supports in the Middle...

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Investor's Business Daily

Snapping Back Sanctions Won’t Prevent A Nuclear-Armed Iran

Iran Deal: The president claims that if Tehran cheats, "sanctions that have helped to cripple the Iranian economy will snap back into place." But he won't want them to, because then the deal would be dead.

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Teresa Welsh

Iran Nuclear Deal Makes Middle East Allies Nervous

David Andrew Weinberg

U.S. officials promised Tuesday that an agreement limiting Iran's development of nuclear technology would provide greater stability in the Middle East, but the deal also threatens to alienate America's key allies in an extremely volatile region.

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Voting ‘No’ is the Way to Prevent War

Mark Dubowitz

As lawmakers and outside experts make their way through the deal (more on the details later) we see a common query: Yeah, the deal stinks but voting no would be worse. This is wrong for multiple reasons.

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Michael Weiss and Nancy A. Youssef - The Daily Beast

Syria’s Butcher Really Won the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

There’s one person ecstatic about the Iran deal and Washington would probably prefer he just keep his mouth shut: Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad. Professing in a cable to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that the newly agreed upon nuclear accord between the world’s major powers was...

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Pascal Carlucci - The Telegraph

Iran Nuclear Deal: Should We Give Peace a Chance?

The Iran nuclear deal has historical value because it depicts a crystal-clear image of current global affairs. The United States and Europe, for different reasons, wanted to close a bitter chapter of their past, while China and Russia are carefully designing a future geopolitical strategy in...

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Alan Katz

Iran Likely to Wait for Months to Rejoin Global Banking System

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is still probably several months away from achieving one of the goals that drove it to pursue a historic nuclear accord -- reconnecting the nation’s banks to a global system that routes most money transfers.

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

U.N. Nuclear Agency Chief Sees Challenges in Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog expressed confidence that five months would be enough time to investigate and report on Iran’s past nuclear work while conceding the challenge was like assembling a jigsaw puzzle.

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Iran’s Strategic Mastermind Got a Huge Boost From the Nuclear Deal

Jonathan Schanzer

The historic nuclear accord between a US-led group of countries and Iran was good news for a man who some consider to be the Middle East's most effective covert operative.


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