Analysis & Commentary


1st July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Repatriates 13 Tons of Gold Under Sanctions Relief

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian officials said Monday that the Islamic Republic’s Central Bank has successfully repatriated 13 tons of gold as part of a package of sanctions relief provided to Iran by U.S. and Western powers.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Despite Deadline Extension, Iran and West Far Apart on Details of Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Although the West and Iran agreed to extend nuclear negotiations a week past the June 30 deadline, major differences still exist between the two sides, USA Today reported Tuesday.

1st July 2015 - The Tower Magazine

The Central Pillar Supporting the Iran Deal Has a Big Crack In It

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If the emerging deal is “not based on trust,” as John Kerry says, then it has to be based on the credible threat of re-imposed sanctions. And that’s a huge problem.

1st July 2015 - World Affairs Journal

Iran’s Dubious Track Record

Behnam Ben Taleblu

With the recent weeklong extension of the deadline for a final nuclear deal, Iran’s track record of incrementalism and obfuscation toward the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has never been so instructive.

1st July 2015 - Tablet

Snap-Back: A Journey Through Iranian Sanctions Evasion in Georgia

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The fantasy is that sanctions halt economies. The reality is that enforcement requires tedious bookkeeping, painstaking forensic work, and the ability to stay a step ahead of experienced middlemen.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Ari Yashar - Arutz Sheva

Iran Receives 13 Tons of Gold in Sanctions Relief

Saeed Ghasseminejad

While nuclear talks have been held up by - among other things - Iran's demand to have all sanctions removed immediately, the Islamic regime showed how the current sanctions regime has been unable to punish its economy as it repatriated 13 tons of gold this week.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Economic Benefits of Sanctions Relief Likely to Boost Iran’s Regional Threat

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The expected windfall Iran would receive from sanctions relief as part of a nuclear deal would likely benefit its internal and external security services—including proxy terrorist groups such as Hezbollah—which would further destabilize the Middle East, according to an analysis published...

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

The Iran Watchers

Mark Dubowitz

Making a dramatic visit to Tehran days before the July 7 deadline for a nuclear deal, the head of an international atomic watchdog agency has emerged as a central figure in the effort to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb — even as Republicans and other skeptics worry that a nuclear...

30th June 2015 - FOX Business

Closing Bell

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses the dangers of Iran’s nuclear program.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The Iranian Nuclear Talks Just Went Into Overtime — and Here’s the Real Deadline for Obama

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators in Geneva are set to blow past their latest deadline in the ongoing discussions surrounding Iran's nuclear program.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Michael Singh - The Wall Street Journal

Can We Trust How Iran Would Spend Funds From a Nuclear Deal?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The deadline in the Iran nuclear negotiations has just been extended. But if an agreement is ultimately reached, Tehran is expected to receive a substantial financial windfall. Critics have argued that an influx of funds will permit Iran to expand its destabilizing regional activities.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran Nuke Talks Deadline Extended to July 7

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. and Iranian negotiators in Vienna on Tuesday agreed to extend a deadline for an agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program until July 7, as sticking points remained.

30th June 2015 - CTV

CTV News

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Iran Research Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on a prospective nuclear accord with Iran.

30th June 2015 - 560 AM

Chicago’s Morning Answer

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

As Iran Deadline Approaches, Skeptics Draw Dueling Red Lines

Mark Dubowitz

In nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, it’s deadline time, and skeptics on both sides are laying out red lines in a bid to shape a final deal.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Talks: Moral Equivalence and the Concession Frenzy

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In a written statement, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) observed, “It’s outrageous that a senior U.S. official pointed out that if the United States wouldn’t allow weapons inspectors full access to its military installations, Iran shouldn’t either. The United States is the chief defender of...

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 - 640 AM

The Sid Rosenberg Show

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD research fellow Benjamin Weinthal discusses the nuclear negotiations in Vienna, ISIS, and more.

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.

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