Analysis & Commentary


27th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran sanctions relief sparks growing trade with Europe, Asia

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran provides only “limited” financial relief to the Islamic Republic.

27th March 2015 - World Affairs Journal

Dealing with Iran: Get It in Writing

Annie Fixler

On March 25th, the New York Times reported that Iranian negotiators are resisting putting onto paper the yet-to-be-finalized political framework for a comprehensive agreement on its nuclear program.

27th March 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

WSJ Live

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on U.S. concessions to Iran

27th March 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender - Business Insider

These maps show what could happen next in Yemen — and how it could impact global politics

Oren Adaki

As Saudi Arabia and its coalition of partner Sunni states intervenes in the growing war within Yemen, the south Arabian country is taking on major geopolitical significance.

27th March 2015 - MSNBC

Morning Joe

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey on proxy war

27th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Arabia Tries to Flip Sudan

Laura Grossman, David Andrew Weinberg

Sudanese President and internationally wanted man Omar al-Bashir landed in Riyadh on Wednesday to kick off his first official visit with Saudi Arabia’s new king, Salman. To underscore the significance of his visit, Salman personally greeted Bashir at the airport. Hours later, a Saudi-led...

27th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

A Fruit Vendor’s Self-Immolation and the Neglect of Arab-Iranians

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Tragedy struck Iran’s Arab-majority province of Khuzestan on Sunday as a fruit vendor died after self-immolating outside the local municipality building. Like Mohamed Bouazizi – the Tunisian fruit seller whose death sparked the Arab Spring – Younes Asakereh’s suicide was an act of...

26th March 2015 - Fox Business Network

After the Bell

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey comments on the presence of Iranian proxies in Yemen.

26th March 2015 - Standpoint Magazine

Fait Pas Accompli

Emanuele Ottolenghi

How bad is the nuclear deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran? The American public would not know the answer, had it not been for the speech that Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, delivered to a joint session of the US Congress on March 3.

26th March 2015 - Al Arabiya

Why ‘Operation Decisive Resolve’ is the ultimate setback for Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Today’s Saudi-led international military intervention in Yemen, Operation Decisive Storm, is a decided setback for Iran’s regional ambitions.

26th March 2015 - Voice of America

Voice of America

Ali Alfoneh

Analysts: Iran’s Supreme Leader Has Ultimate Say on Nuclear Deal

26th March 2015 - Fox Business Network

Lou Dobbs Tonight

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on Iran in Yemen

26th March 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Yemen crisis threatens Obama Iran nuclear talks, further clouds Middle East policy

Mark Dubowitz

The confusion and cross-purposes that have plagued President Obama’s troubled Middle East policy are only getting worse as the U.S. on Thursday voiced its support for a new Egypt-Saudi military campaign to roll back the Iran-allied rebels in Yemen.

26th March 2015 - Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on the Iran deal

25th March 2015 - Quoted by Linette Lopez - Business Insider

AEROTERROR: A regular flight from Caracas to Tehran carried more drugs and money than people

Toby Dershowitz

From 2007 to at least 2010, there was a flight from Caracas, Venezuela to Tehran, Iran that made a stop in Damascus, Syria.

25th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Unanswered Questions Surrounding Tehran-Pyongyang Cooperation

Ali Alfoneh

With the deadline for nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group drawing near, unanswered questions about the nature of the relationship between Tehran and Pyongyang are taking on new significance.

25th March 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Shipping Weapons Across Middle East

Oren Adaki

Reports surfaced last Friday about the arrival of an Iranian ship at the Houthi-controlled al-Saleef port in Hodeidah in northwestern Yemen, unloading more than 180 tons of weapons and equipment.

24th March 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Terrorism Provision in Iran Bill Draws Fire

Mark Dubowitz

A provision in the Senate bill to give Congress a say in any Iran deal is drawing fire from the left for appearing to conflate the country’s nuclear work with its support for terrorism.

24th March 2015 - Fox Business Network

After the Bell

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses claims that Israel spied on Iran talks.

24th March 2015 - Forbes

Lesson Of An Iran Sanctions Saga In Seoul

Claudia Rosett

If international sanctions on Iran are lifted pronto — a condition Iran is demanding as part of any nuclear deal — how hard might it be to reimpose them, in the likely event that Iran cheats?

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