Analysis & Commentary


24th July 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

With Iran, Uranium Enrichment Remains Stumbling Block

Mark Dubowitz

The issue of Iranian uranium enrichment remains as stubborn an obstacle to a nuclear deal as it was at the launch of the talks six months ago.

23rd July 2014 - National Post

Ending Iran’s Support of Hamas Must Be Part of Any Final P5+1 Nuclear Deal

Jonathan Kay

On Monday, the so-called P5+1 — Russia, the United States, China, Britain, France and Germany — extended the deadline for a final nuclear deal with Iran from July 20 (which was Sunday) to November 24.

23rd July 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Qatar Seeks to Pull Hamas Away from Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

The Gulf Arab state of Qatar, with just over two million people, is playing an outsized role on the world stage these days, dipping its fingers into various conflicts in the region.

22nd July 2014 - Iran Matters

Expert Opinions on the Extension of Negotiations

Orde Kittrie

Nine foreign policy experts write on what they believe the extension of P5+1 talks will mean for the future of nuclear negotiations with Iran.

21st July 2014 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Ex-CIA Chief Says This Would Be the ‘Darkest Day’ for Iran and Russia

James Woolsey

Former CIA Director James Woolsey said Monday that alternative fuel is the only way to truly weaken Iran’s and Russia’s positions in the world.

21st July 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. to Give Iran Another $2.8 Billion, Concedes Enrichment

Mark Dubowitz

The United States will give Iran access to another $2.8 billion over the next several months and appears to have conceded to Iran’s demand that it be permitted to domestically enrich uranium, the key component in a nuclear weapon, according to senior Obama administration officials.

21st July 2014 - Secure Freedom Radio

Secure Freedom Radio

Claudia Rosett

FDD's Journalist-in-Residence, Claudia Rosett, on the suspicious North Korean ship in the Gulf of Mexico, the downing of MH-17, and the extension of P5+1 negotiations.

21st July 2014 - Cited by Evan Moore - U.S. News

Force Iran to Make a Choice

The United States and other world powers extended the deadline to reach a comprehensive final agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program to November 24, 2014.

20th July 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato & Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Obama Is Now Boxed In By The Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is playing the long game in negotiations over its nuclear program. And it may have already boxed in U.S. President Barack Obama, with help from an increasingly tumultuous state of world affairs.

20th July 2014 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Is Iran About To Lash Out at Its Dissidents?

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States and five other major powers negotiating about the Iranian nuclear program agreed to a four-month extension of the talks until Nov. 24.

20th July 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Persian Nuclear Carpet Ride

Negotiating with Tehran is often compared to haggling in a Mideast bazaar, and after Friday's decision to extend talks over the country's nuclear program we're reminded why. In exchange for essentially no concessions, the mullahs were given $2.8 billion in hard cash to keep talking for...

18th July 2014 - The National Interest

Time For A Strong U.S. Effort To Cripple the IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Though a final deal over Iran’s nuclear program is unlikely to take shape in Vienna before Sunday’s self-imposed deadline, the U.S. should make it clear in the negotiations over an extension of the diplomatic talks that Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps cannot stand to benefit from...

18th July 2014 - Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Nuclear Talks Extended Until Late November

Mark Dubowitz

Iran agreed to new steps to contain its nuclear work in exchange for additional sanctions relief from the U.S. as the two sides extended negotiations for four more months to reach a comprehensive deal.

17th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Gaza Rockets, Iranian Fingerprints

Patrick Megahan

Hamas has fired more than 1,400 rockets into Israel, putting roughly two-thirds of the population in range, since the most recent round of violence erupted last week.

17th July 2014 - Quoted by Justyna Pawlak and Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

West Considers Early Sanctions Moves in Troubled Iran Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord at an impasse, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process to try to wring concessions from Tehran, diplomats say.

16th July 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

John Kerry’s Routine Wears Thin

Mark Dubowitz

Even for him, Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks in Vienna on Tuesday were remarkably silly.

15th July 2014 - FDD Press Release

Iran Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their seventh joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy.

15th July 2014 - Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Tangible Progress Made in Iran Nuclear Talks, Kerry Says

Mark Dubowitz

Nuclear talks between Iran and six powers were set to extend past the July 20 target date as Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif cited significant progress Tuesday, while saying much work remains.

14th July 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Thank Obama For Iran’s Growing Economy

Mark Dubowitz

The White House eased pressure on Tehran to get a preliminary nuclear deal. But Iran’s economy has bounced back fast, undercutting Western leverage as the talks’ deadline looms.

10th July 2014 - Quoted by Alastair Jamieson - NBC News

Hamas Firing China-Designed, Syria-Made M-302 Rockets: Israel

Patrick Megahan

Smuggled Syrian-made rockets based on a Chinese design have boosted Hamas' 10,000-strong arsenal which is dominated by crude homemade devices, officials and experts say.

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