Analysis & Commentary

29th June 2015 - The Times of Israel

New TV Show Highlights Egypt’s Jewish Problem

Oren Kessler

A new television series is shaking up the lucrative Ramadan viewing season in Egypt.

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

White House Confident Final Iran Nuclear Deal is in Reach

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s effort to reach a final nuclear agreement with Iran is expected to slip past its deadline Tuesday, though U.S. officials expressed confidence a deal is within reach.

29th June 2015 - FDD Press Release

Iranian Economic Growth After Nuclear Deal Increasingly Immunizes Iran Against Snapback Sanctions

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their latest joint report today on the economic impact of a nuclear agreement between the P5+1 and Iran and the implications for the ability of the U.S. to enforce a nuclear deal.

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Iran’s Economic Boost From Nuclear Deal Projected to Come Slowly

Iran may not see a rapid economic rebound from a potential nuclear deal that would lift the international sanctions now imposed on the country, according to new projections by Roubini Global Economics.

29th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Top Prosecutor’s Death Presages Long, Hot Summer in Egypt

Oren Kessler

Egypt’s top public prosecutor was killed Monday in a car bombing in Cairo – the country’s highest-profile assassination since the July 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

29th June 2015 - Interviewed by Boaz Bismuth - Israel Hayom

‘As an Iranian, I Would Be Pleased With the Emerging Deal’

Mark Dubowitz

Iran expert Mark Dubowitz believes there will be a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the West because the U.S. views no deal as worse than a bad deal • The Iranians are brilliant negotiators, but we must not lose hope, he says.

29th June 2015 - FDD - Roubini Report

Iran’s Economic Resilience Against Snapback Sanctions Will Grow Over Time

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

As the P5+1 and Iran enter the final days to conclude a nuclear agreement, the details of the emerging deal are becoming clearer. In the final deal, Iran is likely to receive substantial payments from oil assets currently held in escrow accounts.

28th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Wanted Saudi Al Qaeda Leader Reported Killed in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

Mansur al Harbi, a Saudi jihadist who is listed by the United States, the United Nations, and Saudi Arabia as a senior al Qaeda leader, trainer, and facilitator is said to have been killed by the US in an airstrike in Afghanistan over the past several days. The report of his death has not...

28th June 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why Germany is the Weakest Western Link in Nuclear Talks With Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

With the Iran nuclear talks entering the final stretch in Vienna, Germany’s role in the negotiations to end Tehran’s illicit nuclear weapons program has largely escaped scrutiny.

28th June 2015 - Standpoint

The Grand Illusion

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Middle East as maps still show it in atlases and globes, schoolbooks and Foreign Office corridors, no longer exists. It has vanished under our noses in less than five years. The consequences range from the serious to the disastrous. Yet Western policymakers still act as if they could put...

27th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Claims Responsibility for Massacre in Tunisia as Death Toll Rises

Thomas Joscelyn

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for yesterday’s terrorist attack in Sousse, Tunisia. The group has posted a photo of the gunmen it says carried out the shooting spree, identifying him as Abu Yahya al Qayrawani.

26th June 2015 - FOX Business

Cavuto Coast to Coast

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey comments on the terrorist attacks of the day.

26th June 2015 - Huffington Post


Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross analyzes the attacks in France, Tunisia, Kuwait.

26th June 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross comments on the terror attack in France.

26th June 2015 - CNN

New Day

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses the attacks in France, Tunisia, and Kuwait.

26th June 2015 - FDD CSIF

Sanctions Evasion Series

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) is introducing a new publication series focusing on the issue of sanctions evasion.

26th June 2015 - The Long War Journal

Terrorists Strike in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia, Killing Dozens

Thomas Joscelyn

Three terrorist attacks were carried out this morning in France, Kuwait, and Tunisia.

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Dexter Filkins - The New Yorker

Why Aren’t We Asking Iran for More?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Last January, on a visit to Beirut, Lebanon, Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign minister, laid a wreath of white flowers on the tomb of Imad Mughniyeh.

26th June 2015 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Vulnerabilities Exposed, Islamic State is Evolving Again

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Once bent on advancing at all costs to establish its self-declared caliphate, the terror group known as the Islamic State has increasingly been willing to cede territory in battles with Kurdish forces and Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias.

26th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Economic Growth and the Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s central bank published its preliminary annual report last week for the previous Persian year (March 2014 to March 2015), according to which Iran’s GDP grew 3 percent.


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