Analysis & Commentary

27th February 2017 - The Weekly Standard

The Face-Off

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Donald Trump has promised a foreign policy of muscular retrenchment, in which a better-resourced U.S. military intimidates our enemies without serving as a global cop. More than any president since Richard Nixon, our new commander in chief sees virtue in brutal authoritarians, especially if...

23rd February 2017 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

Iran Uses Palestinian Conference to Spotlight Anti-Israel Rhetoric

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran has held its first conference in six years supporting Palestinian uprisings, a forum that it says drew hundreds of delegates from 80 countries, reflecting the country’s resurgent clout on the world stage.

18th February 2017 - Quoted by Nicolas Revise, Jonah Mandel - Agence France-Presse

Washington encourages Israel-Arab alliance against Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

With a new leader in the White House bent on disrupting the status quo, could it also be time for a fresh approach to Middle East peace?

17th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Financial Rebranding Efforts and the FATF Plenary

Toby Dershowitz

The Plenary and Working Group of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) – a global body for combatting money laundering and terror and proliferation finance – will meet from February 18 to 24 in Paris. While Iran is not on the agenda, it could figure prominently in discussions at the...

16th February 2017 - i24 News

Strictly Security

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the Iranian nuclear deal and possible policy options for the US going forward.

16th February 2017 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - Algemeiner

Trump’s Promise to Israel on Iran Could Indicate Shift in US Policy

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration’s promise to Israel this week that Iran will not be allowed to get “nuclear weapons capability” could indicate a US policy shift vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic, two Middle East experts assessed on Thursday.

15th February 2017 - Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Iran Is Terrified Trump Will Release Secret Nuclear Side Deals

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A senior Iranian lawmaker is worried that President Donald Trump may leak secret documents related to Iran’s nuclear program.

15th February 2017 - Fox News

Iran ramps up rhetoric against Trump

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the white house sending new message to Iran over their controversial nuclear program.

13th February 2017 - The Wall Street Journal

To Break the Moscow-Tehran Alliance, Target Iran’s Regime

Michael Ledeen

Want a deal with Vladimir Putin in the Middle East? Then start with the real questions: Are the Russians prepared to abandon Iran and Bashar Assad’s Syria? If so, what would it take to pull it off?

13th February 2017 - Briefing at the Open Debate of the United Nations Security Council

Nuclear Terrorism: Renewed Thinking for a Changing Landscape

Olli Heinonen

We all recognize that a nuclear accident anywhere is a nuclear accident everywhere. So are the ramifications from nuclear terrorism. We are fortunate that we have so far not experienced any acts of nuclear terrorism.

10th February 2017 - Fox Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Lou Dobbs references FDD's recent ballistic missile memo.

9th February 2017 - FDD Research Memo

Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Since the Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the July 2015 announcement of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran has tested as many as 14 ballistic missiles. This number is based on aggregated open-source reporting,1 as no official government or United Nations numbers have been made...

9th February 2017 - Quoted by Chris Mitchell - CBN News

A New Dawn on the World Stage: How Trump Will Deal with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Just days after Donald Trump's inauguration, Iran launched a ballistic missile test, violating a U.N. resolution. A quick White House response showed Iran and the world it's not business as usual in Washington.

9th February 2017 - Christian Broadcasting Network

News Watch

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on Tehran and US foreign policy in the Middle East.

9th February 2017 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

Trump’s Acting Treasury Secretary, an Obama Holdover, Helped Craft Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

As President Donald Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary continues to wait for Senate confirmation, an architect of the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal is currently running the agency.

8th February 2017 - Quoted by Felicia Schwartz, Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Weighs Terror Label on Iran Revolutionary Guard, Muslim Brotherhood

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Trump administration is considering executive actions that would designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and the Muslim Brotherhood, an influential movement across the Middle East, as terrorist organizations, people familiar with the discussions said.

8th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s missile tests reveal weaknesses of UN Security Council Resolution

Olli Heinonen

Iran’s latest missile test on January 29 received a swift response, as warranted. The United Nations Security Council called for an emergency session, and on February 2, the U.S. Treasury imposed new sanctions on persons and entities involved with Tehran’s ballistic missile program. Iran...

7th February 2017 - Quoted by Andrew O'Reilly - Fox News

Details of Iran nuclear deal still secret as US-Tehran relations unravel

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump could come under new pressure to lift the curtain on secret elements of the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor, especially as the Islamic Republic continues its war of words with his administration.

7th February 2017 - The Hill

Ukraine needs to enforce US sanctions on Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Boris Zilberman

The Ukrainian State Border Guard seized anti-tank missile components, reportedly the AT-4 Spigot, destined for Iran on Jan. 19. The weapons were concealed in the cargo section of a UM Airlines flight from Kiev to Tehran.

7th February 2017 - Quoted by Ben Kennedy - CBN News

Will Trump End the Iranian Nuclear Deal?

An assistant to President Donald Trump says Iran is not holding up its end of the bargain in the Iran nuclear deal.

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