Analysis & Commentary


28th April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

IAEA Takes a Light Touch on Iran’s Heavy Water

Olli Heinonen

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the international community limits Tehran’s heavy water inventory to no more than 130 metric tons for the current Arak reactor before reconfiguration to a smaller capacity.

27th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Major Iranian Missile Test to Coincide With U.S. Presidential Inauguration

Amir Toumaj

Iran is preparing to conduct a major ballistic missile test in February 2017, following the inauguration of the next U.S. president into the Oval Office, according to a timetable issued by the Islamic Republic.

27th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Obama Admin Withholding Details of ‘Potentially Illegal’ Deal to Buy Iranian Nuke Materials

Mark Dubowitz

Obama administration officials are declining to provide specific details about an unprecedented upcoming purchase of Iranian nuclear materials, an $8.6 million exchange that is likely to be funded using American taxpayer dollars, according to conversations with multiple administration...

27th April 2016 - The National Interest

Hezbollah: Iran’s Henchmen in Brazil

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Across Latin America, Iran’s public face appears innocuous: mosques, cultural centers, schools, halal meat inspectors, religious literature, social work and even Boy Scout groups. Yet beneath the veneer of piety, outreach and interfaith dialogue, Tehran leverages connections with...

27th April 2016 - The Washington Times

The Mr. Rogers Doctrine

Clifford D. May

Barack Obama last week visited Saudi Arabia, an unusual nation with which the United States has had a relationship that can be accurately characterized as both strategic and strange — and one that is now severely strained. To understand how we got to this juncture requires at least a...

26th April 2016 - Quoted by Judah Ari Gross - The Times of Israel

Iran may have secretly tested ballistic missile tech with ‘space launch’

Amir Toumaj

Iran test-fired an advanced rocket system in the Dasht-e Kavir desert last week, according to Russian and American officials, in what some considered a cover for intercontinental ballistic missile research.

25th April 2016 - Foreign Policy

It’s the Proliferation, Stupid

John Hannah

As the world prepares for a possible fifth nuclear weapons test by North Korea (and second since January), here’s something worth keeping in mind: The greatest threat we face from Kim Jong Un is probably not a suicidal attack against the United States or our allies in Northeast Asia with...

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson - Fox News

US to buy 32 tons of nuclear material from Iran, State Department announces

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration will purchase 32 tons of nuclear material from Iran, the State Dept. confirmed to Fox News Friday, in a move likely to anger critics still reeling after Iran received billions in sanctions relief following the implementation of the nuclear deal in January.

22nd April 2016 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Here’s How the Obama Administration Is Paying Millions Directly to Iran to Preserve the Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is paying $8.6 million directly to the government of Iran to buy 32 tons of heavy water, a top component to develop nuclear weapons — a transaction seen as a means of preserving the controversial nuclear agreement.

22nd April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Space Launch Underscores Patient ICBM Plan

Amir Toumaj

Iran launched a new satellite rocket called “the Simorgh” on Tuesday, according to U.S. officials. The launch may yet again violate United Nations resolution 2231 – making it the fourth known violation since last summer’s nuclear deal.

20th April 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire

Reuel Marc Gerecht

As has been obvious since his time as the Islamic Republic’s ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Javad Zarif is capable of creating a distortion field around him that often renders Americans somewhat giddy.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Pete Williams - NBC News

Victims of Terror Can Seize Iranian Money, Supreme Court Rules

Mark Dubowitz

Victims of terrorist attacks that were backed by Iran, and members of their families, can collect nearly $2 billion in Iranian money held by a bank in New York, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

20th April 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director, Mark Dubowitz, joined Special Report with Bret Baier to talk about the recent Supreme Court Ruling on Bank Markazi v. Petersen, with which it upheld its decision to force Iran to pay nearly $2 billion to U.S. victims of Iranian sponsored terrorism.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Backlash grows over Obama’s Iran concession

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s hint that it was considering allowing Iran to access directly or indirectly U.S. dollars drew furious, negative reaction from both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) denounced the effort and called for the administration to reaffirm...

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Ariane de Vogue - CNN

Supreme Court rules in favor of terror victims

Mark Dubowitz

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in favor of victims of terrorism and their families in a 6-2 split, clearing the way for them to collect nearly $2 billion from the central bank of Iran.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Report: Obama Seeks Meeting With Iranian President

Amir Toumaj

President Barack Obama has sent two letters to senior Iranian leaders in recent months requesting a meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, according to Persian language reports recently translated by a Middle East research organization.

20th April 2016 - Quoted by Tracy Wilkinson, Michael A. Memoli - Los Angeles Times

Obama goes to Saudi Arabia to rebuild a relationship strained by Iran, Islamic State and 9/11

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama begins a delicate mission Wednesday both to reinforce his strategic aims in the Middle East and to ease tension with an aggrieved longtime ally, Saudi Arabia.

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Matt Piotrowski - The Fuse

Oil Sits At Center Of Next President’s Foreign Policy Challenges

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz, Aykan Erdemir

With international events happening at a quick pace and relationships with allies and enemies in flux, the next president will have a long list of foreign policy challenges, with major oil-producing countries as top concerns. Speakers at this week’s Foundation for Defense of Democracies...

19th April 2016 - Quoted by Teresa Welsh - U.S. News & World Report

Why Lebanon Could Be the Next Middle East Hot Spot

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia has made a gamble in its regional proxy war with longtime foe Iran by retreating from Lebanon, an arena where the two have long competed for influence.

18th April 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Obama Administration Urges States to Lift Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

After lifting international and federal sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program, the Barack Obama administration is turning its attention to state governments.

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