Analysis & Commentary

21st August 2014 - Now Lebanon

The U.S. Is Following Iran’s Lead In Both Syria and Iraq

Tony Badran

President Obama has made clear that the purpose of his limited intervention in Iraq is to shore up the central government in Baghdad such that all Iraqis will combat the Islamic State (IS).

20th August 2014 - 93.1 FM WIBC, Indianapolis, IN


Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar, Michael Ledeen, discusses Iran's support of Hamas.

19th August 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Despite Sanctions Relief, Iran Aids Hamas With Missile Technology

Jonathan Schanzer

When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a “real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement” with Tehran.

17th August 2014 - Quoted by Jeremy Kahn - Bloomberg

Iran Lures Investors Seeing Nuclear Deal Ending Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

On a May afternoon in Tehran, a Russian in a dark suit sits in the crowded lobby cafe of the Espinas Persian Gulf International Hotel with his Farsi translator, sipping coffee with potential Iranian partners while discussing the price of soy fiber.

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Khamenei Says No Dice On A Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars reports that the Supreme Leader is supremely uninterested in making any deal with the West on the regime’s illicit nuclear program.

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp - Vox

How America Lost the Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Every Friday, the people of Kafranbel, Syria, send a message to the world.

13th August 2014 - The Hill

‘If Only Stalin Knew’

Michael Ledeen

When Comrade Stalin ruled in the Kremlin, his many apologists and admirers could never bring themselves to admit that he was responsible for the many terrible acts of the Soviet Union.

12th August 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

The Growing Threat From an EMP Attack

James Woolsey

In a recent letter to investors, billionaire hedge-fund manager Paul Singer warned that an electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, is "the most significant threat" to the U.S. and our allies in the world.

12th August 2014 - WRC, Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses why America needs an "overarching strategy."

11th August 2014 - Fox News

Iran’s Christians Flee to Unlikely Sanctuary in Bulgaria

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran's embattled Christian community is fleeing rising religious persecution, with hundreds securing refuge in the unlikely sanctuary of Bulgaria.

10th August 2014 - The Washington Post

Iran Ignores A Lucrative Deal Over Its Nuclear Activities

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

Why hasn’t Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, agreed to the offer the West put on the table in Vienna last month in negotiations over the country’s nuclear activities? If he were simply motivated by economics, he certainly should have.

8th August 2014 - Now Media

Shutting out Washington

Tony Badran

In his speech last Saturday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a point to highlight “the unique link which has been forged with the states of the region” and Israel out of the latest war in Gaza.

7th August 2014 - PJ Media

Who Are These ISIS Guys and Why is Obama Willing to Bomb Them?

Michael Ledeen

It may well be that ISIS is one of at least two too-clever-by-half operations masterminded by our enemies.

7th August 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen, Michael B. Kelley, and Hunter Walker - Business Insider

Russia And Iran Reportedly Signed A Huge Oil Deal — But No One Knows The Details

Mark Dubowitz

Iran and Russia may have just signed a major $20 billion oil deal, as reported by Russia's Itar-Tass, Iran's Fars News, and the Telegraph on Wednesday.

6th August 2014 - War on the Rocks

A Widening Gulf: Impediments to Saudi Rapprochement with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu, David Andrew Weinberg

Despite reports to the contrary, Saudi Arabia and Iran are not about to turn a corner in their 35-year-long confrontation.

6th August 2014 - PJ Media

Iran’s War, and Ours, From Gaza to Caracas

Michael Ledeen

“The whole world knows that the main source of the weapons serving the resistance is Iran.”

5th August 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Tony Badran

FDD Research Fellow Tony Badran discusses the relationship between Iran and Hamas.

5th August 2014 - Sun News Network

Straight Talk with Pat Bolland

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal discusses the rise of European antisemitism surrounding the current situation in Gaza.

5th August 2014 - Quoted by Benny Avni - Newsweek

Turmoil in the Middle East Is Setting Up Some Strange Bedfellows

Ali Alfoneh

The widespread turmoil across the Middle East is making for some very estranged fellows.

4th August 2014 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

Warriors in Gray Suits

Mark Dubowitz

Economic sanctions are now the default instrument of coercive statecraft for confronting challenges to the international order.

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