Analysis & Commentary


24th April 2015 - NOW News

Over the Heads of the Saudis

Tony Badran

“Iran is part of the problem in Yemen, not part of the solution,” said Adel al-Jubeir, the Saudi ambassador to the United States on Wednesday. The statement was an indirect rebuke of President Obama, who in an interview the day before had said that his administration had "indicated to...

24th April 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Iran and Pakistan, A Cold Peace That Could Get Hot

Ali Alfoneh

Pakistan’s parliament has unanimously passed a resolution affirming the country’s neutrality in the Yemen conflict, rebuffing a Saudi Arabian request for fighter jets, ground troops and warships to join the Saudi-led Operation Deci­sive Storm against Houthi rebels, who are aided by...

23rd April 2015 - FOXNews.com

On The Hunt

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Weinberg discusses the conflict in Yemen.

22nd April 2015 - The Boston Herald

Lynch Cautions Iran Deal Could Aid Terrorists

Jonathan Schanzer

Lifting of sanctions against Iran under the nuclear deal that is now in talks could ease the flow of funding to terrorist groups around the world, a concern raised by experts on Capitol Hill and echoed by Bay State Rep. Stephen Lynch yesterday.

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Kevin Cirilli - The Hill

Ex-Treasury Official Warns Iran Funds Going to Terror Groups

Jonathan Schanzer

A former Treasury Department official raised concerns on Wednesday about terrorists obtaining some of the international community's financing to Iran.

22nd April 2015 - Mentioned by the Office of Congressman Dennis A. Ross

Iran is the Terrorist Central Bank

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip and member of the bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, today participated in the Task Force’s first hearing entitled, “A Survey of Global Terrorism and Terrorist Financing.” During this hearing, Ross...

22nd April 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Chaos in Middle East Could Last for ‘at Least a Decade,’ Expert Tells ‘Post’

David Andrew Weinberg

The breakdown of states throughout the Middle East since the outbreak of the Arab Spring has led the people in the region to fall back on primordial attachments, enhancing the power of sectarianism, tribalism, and Islamism, experts told The Jerusalem Post.

22nd April 2015 - The Washington Times

Times That Try Congressmen’s Souls

Clifford D. May

Members of Congress are facing the test of their political lives. America’s national security is about to be imperiled. American sovereignty is about to be surrendered. The U.S. Constitution is about to be compromised.

22nd April 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD’s Schanzer and Zarate Testify about Terror Finance Threats

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

As Congress and the administration explore ways to stem the threat of terrorists destabilizing important regions and attacking U.S interests and those of its allies, Dr. Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), and Juan Zarate,...

21st April 2015 - AM 970

The John Gambling Show

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses developments in the Middle East.

21st April 2015 - Quoted by Lawrence J. Haas - U.S. News & World Report

Iran Is Already Winning

Mark Dubowitz

As global talks over Iran’s nuclear program resume in Vienna this week, one can’t help wonder whether, in a larger sense, the die of an Iranian regional, military and economic victory has already been cast. From Washington to Berlin, Moscow to Beijing, and many places in between,...

21st April 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Saudi-Funded French Weapons Arrive in Lebanon

Tony Badran

The first shipment of French weapons and military equipment arrived in Lebanon on Monday under a Saudi-funded deal worth $3 billion. The arms and supplies will supposedly bolster the Lebanese army’s fight against Sunni terrorists encroaching from Syria, though thoughts of countering...

20th April 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the role of Congress in the Iran nuclear negotiations.

20th April 2015 - FOXNews.com

Strategy Room

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses Russia's strategy in the Middle East.

20th April 2015 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Moderates Want May Entrench Hard-Liners

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Even if an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program is reached, it would leave one big question unanswered.

20th April 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iranian Support for Yemen’s Houthis Goes Back Years

David Andrew Weinberg

Iran has long supported Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms, training and financing.

20th April 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

State Department Won’t Rule Out $50 Billion ‘Signing Bonus’ For Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

The State Department on Monday would not rule out giving Iran up to $50 billion as a so-called “signing bonus” for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year, according to comments made to journalists following reports that the Obama administration had formulated a plan to release tens...

19th April 2015 - Quoted by Tom Fontaine - Pittsburgh Tribune

Pittsburgh Pair Plans Rare Trip to Iran for American Classical Musicians

Ali Alfoneh

A composer and nonprofit leader from Pittsburgh have brokered a deal to send American classical musicians to Tehran for the first time since the Iranian Revolution.

18th April 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Obama May Be Smiling Today but the Congressional Fight Over an Iran Deal is Far From Over

President Barack Obama may have dodged a worst-case scenario when it came to Congress's response to the Iran nuclear deal this week, but the fight is far from over.

17th April 2015 - The Arab Weekly

The Islamic World’s Thirty Years War

Ali Alfoneh

Even as Iran’s Islamic revolutionaries were toppling the Shah in 1979, at the core of their thinking was that their Shia revolution should not be limited to their homeland but expand to the entire Muslim world. This approach would not only secure Tehran’s dominance but would also keep...

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