Analysis & Commentary


29th July 2016 - FDD Research

Iran’s Breakout Time Drops Below Administration Benchmarks

Olli Heinonen

Iran plans to manufacture and install additional advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility in about 10 years, substantially boosting the country’s uranium-enrichment capability, according to a confidential document leaked last week by the Associated Press.

29th July 2016 - Jewish Journal

One year on, the Iran deal is still bad

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler

A decade of nuclear negotiations with Iran were meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, force Iran to reveal its past clandestine activities and impose permanent restrictions on Iran’s civil nuclear program.

27th July 2016 - NPR

All Things Considered

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses why the U.S. shouldn't be making concessions in Iran.

25th July 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD senior fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the alleged Al Qaeda members in Iran.

25th July 2016 - The Hill Times

Should Canada reopen its embassy in Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

The embassy must be tasked with the immensely difficult job of protecting Canadian citizens and Canadian security interests in the region, not with lining the pockets of those with little regard for these imperatives.

25th July 2016 - The Hill

Will Iran wordsmith its way off our terrorism list? It certainly is trying

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is on a diplomatic offensive to persuade global illicit finance regulators to accept that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group. It may be just a matter of time before the international body in charge of protecting the global financial system succumbs to pressure from businesses on a gold...

22nd July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Where U.S. Sees Crisis in Turkey, Iran Sees Opportunity

Amir Toumaj

Iran was the first government to fully back Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during Friday’s abortive coup attempt.

22nd July 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD Study Highlights the Iran Nuclear Deal as A New Factor in Israel’s Hezbollah Military Calculus

The next war between Israel and the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah will be more destructive than previous conflicts, thanks to a massive Hezbollah arms build-up that includes a 150,000-rocket arsenal, and is likely to begin with a minor flare-up that escalates to an all-out...

21st July 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

John Hannah, Olli Heinonen

FDD senior advisor Olli Heinonen discusses the Iran deal, while FDD senior fellow John Hannah discusses the state of Turkey after the failed coup.

20th July 2016 - The Long War Journal

Treasury designates 3 senior al Qaeda members in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department announced today that three senior al Qaeda members have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. All three of them are “located in Iran.”

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members After Denying Cooperation

Thomas Joscelyn, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has sanctioned three senior al-Qaeda members operating in Iran just weeks after dismissing reports of cooperation between the global terror organization and the Islamic Republic, deepening criticism from experts and lawmakers that the administration is seeking to...

20th July 2016 - The National Interest

How Iran Ruined Nuclear Deals for Everyone

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Last summer’s Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, declares that it does not set “precedents for any other state.” Yet given the decade-long centrality of the Iran nuclear issue to international nonproliferation, the agreement will certainly influence future...

19th July 2016 - Quoted by Barbara Opall-Rome - Defense News

Iran Deploys Hezbollah-Trained Afghan Sniper Brigade in Syria

Amir Toumaj

An Israeli intelligence source confirmed Monday that a new unit of Afghan snipers trained by Lebanese-based Hezbollah and financed by Iran is now operating beyond its northern border on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

18th July 2016 - FDD Press

Flying Above the Radar

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler , Yaya J. Fanusie

With the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in January 2016, most international sanctions against Iran have been lifted. These include long-standing U.S. sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector. The United States has removed all but four Iranian civilian...

18th July 2016 - The Huffington Post

The Obama Administration Gambled On Tehran’s Moderation — And Failed

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year ago, the Obama administration made a gamble, striking a nuclear accord with Tehran that it hoped would transform its behavior, leading to a thaw in bilateral relations and a more stable Middle East.

18th July 2016 - Real Clear World

Obama Can’t Let Iran Get Away With Murder

Toby Dershowitz

The Obama administration has long said it will hold Iran accountable for acts of terrorism. It now has a chance to prove it: Interpol red notices for five former Iranian officials found culpable in Argentina’s deadliest terrorist attack are about to come up for renewal.

18th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iranian Hardliners “Gaining Authority” One Year After Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian hardliners close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are “gaining authority” in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Monday.

18th July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iranian Hardliners “Gaining Authority” One Year After Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian hardliners close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are “gaining authority” in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Monday.

18th July 2016 - Foreign Policy

Defusing the Iran Deal’s Ticking Time Bomb

John Hannah

As it was in the beginning, so it remains one year on: The overriding danger of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or the Iran nuclear deal, is its provisions for automatically lifting the most important restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program by 2030.

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan - Politico

Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

For Barack Obama, July 14, 2015 marked the greatest diplomatic triumph of his presidency: Amid flags and flashbulbs in Vienna, his secretary of State, John Kerry, announced a historic, UN-backed nuclear accord to defuse the global security threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

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