Analysis & Commentary

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

Call Iran’s Bluff, Mr. President

Mark Dubowitz

Once upon a time, the Obama administration insisted that any enforcement scheme would require a complete accounting of Iran’s PMDs (possible military dimensions). The administration then suggested it would be a condition for lifting of sanctions, but that did not make it into the deal....

27th November 2015 - Quoted by Hugh Naylor - The Washington Post

Iranian Media Is Revealing That Scores Of The Country’s Fighters Are Dying In Syria

Ali Alfoneh

An increasing number of Iranian soldiers and militiamen appear to be dying in Syria’s civil war, and observers credit media from an unexpected country for revealing the trend.

25th November 2015 - FDD Press

Strengthening the Verification and Implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) puts Iran’s nuclear program under greater scrutiny than before and reduces the likelihood of an overt dash to the bomb for the next 10 years.

24th November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: New Legislation Would Empower U.S. to Fight Hezbollah’s Illicit Financing Activities

Tyler Stapleton

The Hezbollah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015, which passed the Senate unanimously last week, would strengthen the United States’ ability to clamp down on the Iranian-backed terrorist group’s illicit financing activities if it’s signed into law, Tyler Stapleton, a deputy...

23rd November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Target Hezbollah with New Sanctions

Tyler Stapleton

Congress took action this week to target Hezbollah and its global network of illicit finance.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Sentences WaPo Reporter Jason Rezaian to Unspecified Prison Term

Benjamin Weinthal

A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary has announced that Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was arrested by Iranian authorities in July 2014, was sentenced to prison, Reuters reported Sunday. No details were given regarding the length of his prison term.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Grants Reprieve to Firm Aiding Iran in Evading U.S. Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

An Italian company penalized for aiding Iran in evading U.S. sanctions has been de-listed by the Obama administration, prompting criticism from experts who believe the United States is caving to the Islamic Republic’s demands before it upholds its end of the recent nuclear deal, according...

22nd November 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: How Iran Exploits ISIS to Wage Terror

Benjamin Weinthal

The intense Western effort to decimate Islamic State after the terrorist entity executed attacks in Paris has largely relegated Iranian and Hezbollah jingoism in Syria and Iraq to a secondary status.

20th November 2015 - The Weekly Standard

The Long War Continues

Thomas Joscelyn

In many ways, the reaction to the horrific attacks in Paris has been familiar. There were the expressions of solidarity: flowers at French embassies; social media avatars changed from silly selfies to photos of the French flag snapping defiantly in the wind; buildings across the Western...

20th November 2015 - Quoted by Morgan Chalfant - The Washington Free Breacon

Iranian Fighter Jets Escort Russian Long-Range Bombers to Syria

Boris Zilberman

The Russian Defense Ministry on Friday released multiple videos showing Moscow’s continued air and sea operations against targets in Syria.

19th November 2015 - Business Insider

How the Iranian President’s Populist Economic Policies Could Be His Undoing

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Detractors of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used to say that he distributed potatoes to buy votes, a derisive reference to government subsidies which contributed to Iran’s spiraling inflation throughout his time in office.

19th November 2015 - Quoted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian

How Paris Attacks Have Strengthened Iran’s Position Over Syria

Ali Alfoneh

The attacks in Paris may have postponed Hassan Rouhani’s highly-anticipated visit to the Élysée Palace, which was scheduled for this week, but the Iranian president will soon travel to France with a better bargaining position over Syria.

19th November 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD fellow Benjamin Weinthal discusses Iran, Palestinian terrorism, and the EU.

18th November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Reinterpretation of Nuclear Deal and the Implications

Amir Toumaj

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s representative to the council, reiterated Tuesday that the government would continue to implement the supreme leader’s “stipulations about the JCPOA.”

18th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

BREMMER: The Paris Attacks Put Russia and Iran ‘In a Stronger Position’

Jonathan Schanzer

France has declared war on the Islamic State, and it is looking for partners.

18th November 2015 - The Washington Times

Forget Paris

Clifford D. May

For almost two generations, since Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, self-proclaimed jihadis have been fighting to re-establish Islamic supremacy and domination in the world.

16th November 2015 - The Hill

Why Isn’t the Obama Administration Going After Iran’s Mahan Air?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In theory, Iran's Mahan Air is a private commercial airliner that operates dozens of daily passenger flights to domestic and international destinations.

15th November 2015 - Foreign Affairs

Iran’s ISIS Trap

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The choice seems simple. On one side are regally attired mullahs, the type that have protected Persia’s pre-Islamic treasures and even tweet in English.

13th November 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

GOP Anger Over Iran Deal Snags Terror Watchdog Nominee

Mark Dubowitz

Republicans largely based their opposition to the Iran nuclear deal out of concern it would allow Iran to increase its support for terrorism. So it’s somewhat puzzling that GOP senators are now resisting the nomination of the man who even GOP allies say is best qualified to act as a...

13th November 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Witch-Hunt for ‘Spies’ in Tehran

Ali Alfoneh

A veritable witch-hunt has followed the July 14th nuclear agreement between the Islamic Re­public and US-led global powers in which lobbyists instru­mental in the success of President Hassan Rohani’s diplomacy are being arrested, some on espionage charges.

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