Analysis & Commentary


3rd March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Bursa-Bound: Ahmadinejad’s Trip to Turkey

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

On February 26, an Iran Air flight landed in Istanbul carrying a prominent passenger in seat 19F: former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

3rd March 2015 - Quoted by Bryan Bender, Matt Viser - The Boston Globe

John Kerry’s Iran Diplomacy in Cross Hairs of Partisan Battle

Mark Dubowitz

When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asks a joint session of Congress Tuesday to take a tougher stance against Iran, perhaps no American official will have more on the line — personally and professionally — than Secretary of State John F. Kerry.

2nd March 2015 - The Washington Times

When Iran Goes Nuclear

James Woolsey

Our attention these days with regard to security is understandably riveted on the Islamic State, or ISIS, and its hideous decapitations, rapes and live immolations.

2nd March 2015 - Quoted by Jacob Kamaras - JNS

Deal or No Deal? Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Hovers Over AIPAC Conference

Ali Alfoneh

As 16,000 people gathered for the 2015 American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Policy Conference from March 1-3, much attention was transfixed three weeks ahead on the calendar.

28th February 2015 - CNN International

Erin Burnett OutFront

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Prime Minister Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress.

27th February 2015 - Cited by Nadav Shragai - Israel Hayom

Iran: A Global Terrorist Superpower

Grant Rumley, James Woolsey, Ali Alfoneh, Jonathan Schanzer

In recent weeks, we have witnessed a proliferation of statements by senior Iranian officials expressing their intention to destroy Israel • The U.S. knows all this and, no, it is not demanding that Tehran put a stop to its terrorist activities.

27th February 2015 - The Weekly Standard

New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden’s Secret Ties With Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in an al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City....

27th February 2015 - Business Insider

The Emerging Nuclear Deal Makes Some Huge Assumptions About Iran’s Future Plans

Tony Badran

Recent reports about the negotiations between the US and Iran indicate that the Obama administration is ready to make remarkable concessions to Tehran on its nuclear program.

27th February 2015 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn on new revelations from the bin Laden documents.

27th February 2015 - Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on the growth of radical Islam.

27th February 2015 - Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg View

Can Obama’s Iran Deal Outlive His Presidency?

Mark Dubowitz

With the White House reportedly trying to negotiate a 10- or 15-year deal on Iran's nuclear program, Republican leaders in Congress are threatening to unravel the agreement much sooner -- during President Barack Obama’s final months or soon after he leaves office.

26th February 2015 - PJ Media

Iran Working as Strategic Partner with Hezbollah Against Israel

Benjamin Weinthal

The recent Hezbollah attack on an Israel Defense Forces convoy in the Har Dov area close to Israel’s border with Lebanon, in which two Israeli soldiers were killed, was the latest move in a dangerous and high stakes game that is now underway on Israel’s northern frontier. Israel and...

26th February 2015 - The Jewish Chronicle

What Evidence? Guardian Presents Dodgy Dossier on Iran’s Bomb Project

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Guardian and al Jazeera were handed another treasure trove of leaked intelligence files this week, purportedly from a South African intelligence source. The documents include dossiers allegedly supplied by Mossad to its South African counterpart.

25th February 2015 - 93.1 FM - Indianapolis, IN

Garrison

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen on what might be included in a potential Iran nuclear deal.

25th February 2015 - Quoted by Fox News

Iran Hangs Obama in Effigy Even as it Negotiates Nuclear Deal with US

Ali Alfoneh

Just weeks before Secretary of State John Kerry held new nuclear talks with Iran’s foreign minister in Geneva, Iranians were hanging Kerry's boss in effigy at a huge Tehran-sponsored rally marking the Islamic Revolution’s 36th anniversary, an event that critics say underscores the...

24th February 2015 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul, Parisa Hafezi, Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

Exclusive: Iran Smuggles in $1 Billion of Bank Notes to Skirt Sanctions - Sources

Jonathan Schanzer

At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say.

23rd February 2015 - Huffington Post

Washington’s Bad Military Bets in the Middle East

Jonathan Schanzer

Last month, the Houthis took over Yemen, delivering a blow to Washington's counterterrorism strategy, which held out Yemen as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise chaotic Middle East.

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Giving Iran Everything It Wants

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz

Perhaps Congress should have invited King Abdullah of Jordan or Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speak about an impending deal that would look like this: Iran gets to keep its entire nuclear infrastructure and, in 15 years, gets to build a bomb.

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Leader of Anti-Proliferation Org Changes Tune on Preventing Iran Nukes

Mark Dubowitz

The leader of a prominent anti-proliferation organization that has spent millions touting the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is under fire for seeking to rationalize a rumored administration collapse on a key condition of the nuclear negotiations after long advocating the...

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hillary’s Cowardice in Face of Looming Iran Debacle

Mark Dubowitz

Dennis Ross suggests to heal the rift with Israel the administration should take two steps.

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