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4th September 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Nuclear Deal is a Boon to the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The nuclear agreement signed by Iran and world powers in July will benefit Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in three primary ways.

4th September 2015 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

The Price For Saudi Support On Iran Deal? U.S. Help In Yemen War

David Andrew Weinberg

There will be plenty to discuss when King Salman of Saudi Arabia meets with President Obama at the White House on Friday, his first visit to the United States since taking the throne in January. There’s the looming nuclear deal with Iran which Congress is set to vote on next week.

4th September 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Larijani’s Evasive Interview Shows Iran’s Policies Remain Unchanged

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s Speaker of Parliament Ali Larijani was in New York on Wednesday to attend a U.N.-sponsored conference of parliamentary speakers from around the world.

4th September 2015 - Quoted by Philip Klein - The Washington Examiner

A Closing Argument for Rejecting the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

As Congress returns from recess and prepares for important votes on President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, many in Washington are already declaring the debate over. But the looming showdown over a resolution to disapprove the deal is no mere show vote.

3rd September 2015 - FDD Press

The Race to Replace Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian national project is at a crossroads. Mahmoud Abbas—the aging president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and leader of Fatah—is 10 years into a four-year term as PA president and shows no signs of stepping down....

3rd September 2015 - AM 640

The Sid Rosenberg Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the numerous issues with Iran deal.

3rd September 2015 - KSRO 1350 AM

Morning News

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May comments on the latest news of the Iran deal in Congress.

3rd September 2015 - FOX Business

Cavuto Coast to Coast

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses Congressional approval of the Iran deal.

3rd September 2015 - CNN

CNN International

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Congress and the Iran nuclear deal.

3rd September 2015 - FDD Press

New Report Details Options for the U.S. to Shape Palestinian Succession after Mahmoud Abbas

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today released a new report warning of a succession crisis in the Palestinian Authority and called upon the White House to take immediate steps to ensure stability in the West Bank in the post-Mahmoud Abbas era.

3rd September 2015 - War on the Rocks - Co-written by Nathaniel Barr

Extreme Makeover, Jihadist Edition: Al-Qaeda’s Rebranding Campaign

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Since the Islamic State made its dramatic military advance from Syria into Iraq more than a year ago — capturing Mosul and other key cities, and declaring the caliphate’s re-establishment — analysts have reached a near-consensus that the group’s emergence has devastated its parent...

3rd September 2015 - Quoted by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil - The Times of Israel

Iran Deal’s DC Opponents Down but Not Out

Mark Dubowitz

Although Senator Barbara Mikulski’s announcement that she intends to throw her support behind the Iranian nuclear deal guaranteed victory for US President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill, groups that oppose the current Iran deal redoubled their efforts Wednesday evening, rallying supporters...

3rd September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Amid Violence and Chaos, Turkey Grapples With Turmoil From Within and Without

Benjamin Weinthal

Turkey marked the 93rd anniversary of Victory Day in its 1922 War of Independence against Greece on Sunday. While many commercial and residential buildings were blanketed with the Turkish red flag featuring a crescent and a white star, the absence of parades in the country’s largest city,...

3rd September 2015 - Forbes

The Lame Duck Who’s Dancing

Michael Ledeen

The famous lame duck got some fabulous physical therapy, because President Obama—the lame duck in question– is flexing his muscles against his political opponents, and winning handily.

3rd September 2015 - Quoted by Paul Aster - FOXNews.com

Iran Thumbs Nose at US Even as Obama Rallies Support for Nuke Deal

Benjamin Weinthal

Even as President Obama was securing the Senate support necessary to assure passage of the nuclear deal with Iran, Tehran's top defense officials were scoffing at U.S. claims the pact will restrict the Islamic Republic's military ambitions.

2nd September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State’s Caucasus ‘Province’ Claims First Official Attack on Russian Forces

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State’s so-called “province” in the Caucasus region has claimed responsibility for its first official attack since its was established earlier this year.

2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Pyrrhic Victory on Iran

Clifford D. May

Reaction to the 34th vote in favor of upholding a veto of a disapproval of the Iran deal (cast by a retiring Democrat, by the way) has been noteworthy for its high-mindedness.

2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

White House Not Celebrating Iran Deal Win Yet

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama scored big Wednesday when he snagged the last vote he needs to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives Congress. But now the White House is more determined than ever to keep the agreement from reaching a vote in the first place.

2nd September 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses the state of play in Congress over of the Iran deal.

2nd September 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Kurds Mark Milestone by Joining Turkish Cabinet

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

The suspension of Turkey’s ceasefire with Kurdish fighters in July, followed by airstrikes against Kurdish militant targets in Turkey and Iraq, have brought the greatest rupture in Turkish-Kurdish relations in decades. Politically, however, Turkey’s Kurds achieved a milestone this week,...

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