Analysis & Commentary

28th August 2015 - Standpoint

This Deal Is No Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna in July will not prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. All it will do is postpone Iran getting the bomb. In exchange for Tehran’s acquiescence, the deal legitimises Iran’s nuclear achievements and strengthens its regime.

28th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Interviewing Scientists is Key to Iran’s PMD

Amir Toumaj

A fatal flaw of last month’s Iran nuclear deal is its failure to account for possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Tehran’s previous nuclear work. That failure could be rectified, at least in part, by demanding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) be allowed to interview...

28th August 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Congressional Fight on Iran Deal Is All But Over

Mark Dubowitz

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in Congress admit they can no longer kill the accord. Their focus now is making sure there will be a vote on the agreement at all, and salvaging some political benefit from their well-funded bid to stop it.

27th August 2015 - The Washington Post

Using Financial Sticks to Control Iran

Juan Zarate, Chip Poncy

As Congress considers the Iranian nuclear deal, it should also prepare a strategy to use U.S. financial and economic power aggressively against a broad array of Iranian threats. If the deal is adopted, the risks from an enriched, emboldened Iran will only grow. These risks should not be...

26th August 2015 - FDD Press

New Report Outlines Achievable Amendments to Iran Nuclear Deal

In the final weeks before a congressional vote on the nuclear agreement with Iran, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has released a new report analyzing ways to strengthen the agreement. The report, “Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” also provides a historical...

26th August 2015 - FDD Press

Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between the P5+1 and Iran places term-limited constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of many of the most impactful global sanctions.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Haaretz

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Set for Windfall After Infiltrating 230 Sanctions-free Firms

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is set to receive a windfall in funds from the U.S. and U.K. after taking control of hundreds of Iranian businesses that do not appear on sanctions lists, according to The Times.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Alexi Mostrous, Billy Kenber and Hugh Tomlinson - The Times of London

Iranian Militia to Grab British Cash

Iran’s hardline religious militia is about to receive a rush of funds from Britain and the West after taking control of hundreds of companies that do not appear on sanctions lists.

26th August 2015 - National Review - Co-written by Peter Vincent Pry

Obama’s Arms-Control Delusion

James Woolsey

Advocates of the Obama administration’s nuclear deal with Iran argue that, despite the duplicity of the Iranian regime, the deal will work because arms control worked to contain the nuclear threat from the “evil empire” that was the Soviet Union.

25th August 2015 - PolicyWatch - Washington Institute for Near East Policy

Maximal Exposure, Minimal Presence: Iran’s Military Engagement in Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

Although Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) and its commander, Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, remain involved in Iraq, the actual scope of their military engagement seems inversely proportional to the intense Iranian social media and press coverage of their operations...

25th August 2015 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Republicans Plan New Iran Sanctions After Vote on Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Opponents of the Iran deal aren’t expecting the Congressional vote next month to go their way, but they are already planning for the day after their loss. Republicans in Congress are preparing several bills to sanction Iran. Even if those never reach a vote, the proposals could be...

25th August 2015 - The Washington Times

The Parchin Precedent

Clifford D. May

Initially, I thought the news was beyond parody. The Associated Press last week ran a story headlined: “U.N. to let Iran inspect nuke work site.” I soon realized that this revelation — a secret side agreement under which Iran is to police its own suspected nuclear weapons facilities...

24th August 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen comments on Iran and the attempted terror attack in France.

24th August 2015 - The Washington Post

Don’t Call Obama’s Iran Diplomacy ‘Reaganesque’

John Hannah

Brent Scowcroft’s Aug. 23 op-ed, “An epochal moment,” endorsing the Iran nuclear deal, hardly came as a shock. He’d already previewed his support to several columnists this month. More surprising was Scowcroft’s attempt to link the Obama administration’s diplomacy to President...

24th August 2015 - Quoted by Paul Richter - Los Angeles Times

Iran Nuclear Deal Could Become a Perennial Cliffhanger

Mark Dubowitz

The expected showdown in Congress next month over the administration's nuclear deal with Iran is only the first in a series of challenges that could leave the fate of the historic agreement uncertain for years and blemish President Obama's most ambitious foreign policy effort.

23rd August 2015 - Quoted by Dave Boyer - The Washington Times

Obama Has Power to Circumvent Congress on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Even strong bipartisan disapproval by Congress of the Iranian nuclear deal won’t stop President Obama from implementing the agreement, so the vote next month is shaping up as a warning to Europe against resuming business with Tehran before the next U.S. president is elected.

23rd August 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the future of diplomatic relations between Britain and Iran.

23rd August 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why Europe is Not Likely to Enforce Iran Deal

Benjamin Weinthal

With the reopening of the UK’s embassy in Tehran on Sunday, a new wrench has been tossed into the nuclear deal approval process: Britain’s likely reluctance to enforce violations.

22nd August 2015 - 710 KNUS

The Craig Silverman Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iran nuclear deal, possibilities for amending the deal, and the news on secret side deals.

21st August 2015 - Quoted by Ivan Sascha Sheehan - The Hill

Americans Dislike Iran Deal

Jonathan Schanzer

The announcement of a preliminary nuclear deal with Iran – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – touched a nerve in the U.S. body politic. A CNN poll finds that a majority of Americans (52 percent) think Congress should reject the deal. Pew finds that just 38 percent support the pact....

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