Analysis & Commentary


5th February 2016 - Quoted by Stewart Bell - National Post

Why American Victims of terrorism are fighting Iran’s government in a Toronto commercial court

Sheryl Saperia

The commercial court on the 8th floor of the Canada Life building looked to be an unlikely front in the fight against international terrorism.

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Head of Iranian Army: Missile Program is a Threat to Enemies, Including Israel

Mark Dubowitz, Boris Zilberman

The head of Iran’s armed forces said that Tehran does “not pay attention” to United Nations resolutions banning its development of ballistic missiles, and indicated that its missile program is a threat against Iran’s enemies, including Israel, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: U.S. Must Ground Iranian Airline that Transports Troops, Weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States’ failure to ground a sanctioned Iranian airline that provides logistical support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria underscores a severe loss of American credibility, which the Obama administration should immediately act to restore by penalizing...

4th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry is the only one who couldn’t see that Syria talks were fruitless

Jonathan Schanzer

Talks on the future of Syria predictably have stalled. Just a few days after they began, the United Nations “suspended” the proceedings.

4th February 2016 - Tablet Magazine

America Makes a U-Turn in the Middle East

Tony Badran

The administration of President Barack Obama seldom missed an opportunity to insist that the alternative to the Iran nuclear deal was a war with Iran, a prospect that has now presumably been kicked further down the road. Middle Easterners are not so lucky: They get to fight their wars with...

4th February 2016 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

John Hannah of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies on the $1.7B ‘ransom’ payment to Iran.

3rd February 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Nuclear Deal Paves Way for Iran-Russia Ballistic Missile Cooperation

Boris Zilberman

Since the start of talks over Iran’s nuclear program over two years ago, Russia and Iran have moved towards deepening economic and strategic ties in anticipation of Tehran’s reintegration into the global economy.

3rd February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal Europe

Flying in the Face of U.S. Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Mahan Air is an Iranian passenger airline that also happens to be a favorite with the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC uses Mahan planes to ferry weapons and personnel to aid the Syrian regime. That’s according to the U.S. government, which has repeatedly committed...

3rd February 2016 - FDD Press

Nuclear Deal: Impact on Iran-Turkey Economic Relations

Jonathan Schanzer

The recent implementation of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) will have a profound impact on the Middle East. From heightened tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia to Iran’s ability to finance terrorist proxies with sanctions relief, there are many...

3rd February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

The Revolution Devours Its Own

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Laura Secor surprised me. I had expected to read yet another journalist’s account of an Iran where “reformists,” though bruised and battered, remain hopeful and allied to “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani. An Iran in which Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif actually means what...

2nd February 2016 - CTV

CTV News

Tony Badran

Peace talks between the Syrian government and opposition leaders have officially begun. This was announced by the U.N. special envoy after meeting with members from Syria’s main opposition group in Geneva on Monday. Tony Badran, Research Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies...

2nd February 2016 - 512 New Media

The Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford D. May discusses Iran, sanctions relief, and his upcoming column in The Washington Times.

1st February 2016 - Quoted by Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

What Message Iran Was Sending By Awarding Medals to Those Who Captured US Sailors

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the U.S. and Iran aim to position their nuclear deal to the public, a new provocation by Iran’s supreme leader, experts say, was meant to show there remain limits to the countries’ relationship.

29th January 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses terror finance and his recent article in Newsweek.

29th January 2016 - CS Monitor

Why US companies aren’t rushing to do business with Iran

As European companies from Airbus and Peugeot to oil-and-gas contractor Saipem lined up this week to sign deals with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, news of the billion-dollar contracts raised a big question: Shouldn’t American companies be getting in on the bonanza, too?

29th January 2016 - Quoted by Noor Zahid and Medhi Jedinia - Voice of America

Iran Sending Afghan Refugees to Fight in Syria

Iran has sent thousands of undocumented Shi'ite Afghan refugees to Syria to fight alongside forces of the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard forces in support of the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, sources in Iran and Afghanistan told...

28th January 2016 - Business Insider

France just formally welcomed the Iranian president — and his checkbook

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Hassan Rouhani visited Paris on Thursday, part of the first European visit by an Iranian president in 16 years. The trip, which follows Rouhani’s visit to Rome earlier in the week, is aimed at boosting Tehran’s trade with Europe after years of sanctions.

28th January 2016 - Quoted by Guy Taylor- The Washington Times

N. Korea- Iran nuclear ties probably deep: Report

Nuclear cooperation between Iran and North Korea is closer than commonly recognized, according to a new report released Thursday in Washington that highlights a host of unanswered questions about proliferation networks between the two internationally isolated nations.

28th January 2016 - National Post

What to do about Iran?

Sheryl Saperia

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion has confirmed his government’s intent to lift Canada’s sanctions against Iran, as the nuclear deal between Iran and the P5+1 world powers begins to be implemented. Yet the Canadian government has not released the details of this pending change of...

27th January 2016 - FDD Press

The Iran-North Korea Nuclear Nexus: Unanswered Questions

Is there a nuclear proliferation nexus between Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)? Pyongyang tested a nuclear weapon in early January – its fourth such test in a decade and its third since President Barack Obama took office. A top Iranian official overseeing...

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