Analysis & Commentary


26th January 2015 - US News and World Report

Iran’s Glitter Isn’t Gold

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since obtaining sanctions relief from the West under a twice-extended interim nuclear agreement, Iran has touted the steady stream of visiting trade and political delegations to Tehran.

24th January 2015 - CNN International

Erin Burnett OutFront

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on the mysterious death of Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman.

24th January 2015 - Fox News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses how Iran will capitalize on instability in Yemen

24th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Succession in Saudi; Tehran Triangulates

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Following the death of Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz on Thursday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and former president, Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani quickly offered their condolences.

24th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian Political and Military Leaders Laud Qods Force General Killed in Syria

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Political and Military elites of the Islamic Republic weigh-in on the death of Brigadier General Mohammad-Ali Allah-Dadi, the IRGC-QF member killed in Syria by an Israeli helicopter attack.Their commentary indicates a desire to establish deterrence, at least rhetorically, and tout their...

23rd January 2015 - The Hill

Americans as Hostages and Targets

Michael Ledeen

There are several American hostages in Iran, and the Tehran regime uses them very cruelly and relentlessly in its dealings with the U.S. government, as The Washington Post angrily noted editorially last week.

23rd January 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Administration in Panic Over Sanctions Bill?

Jonathan Schanzer

An Israel news report tells us: A senior Israeli official delivered an uncommonly harsh attack on US President Barack Obama’s administration Thursday evening, following the American report that alleged that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo had warned US senators against further Iran sanctions, in...

23rd January 2015 - Now Media

One Small Israeli Strike, One Very Big Strategic Game

Tony Badran

Israel dealt Iran a painful blow on Sunday when it struck a convoy of senior Iranian and Hezbollah commanders in Quneitra in the Golan Heights.

23rd January 2015 - The National Interest

Alberto Nisman: The Man Who Exposed Iran in Latin America

Toby Dershowitz

Monday morning, just hours before his death, was not the first time Argentine Special Prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s life was threatened.

22nd January 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Executive Director to Testify Before Congress Tuesday on the Critical Demand for Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will testify before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Tuesday morning on “Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions.”

22nd January 2015 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

David Cameron’s Iran Lobbying Effort Fails to Sway Republicans

Mark Dubowitz

David Cameron appears to have failed in his effort to personally lobby US senators on Iran, with one Republican saying the prime minister's intervention into American politics was "not a productive move".

22nd January 2015 - CNN

The Situation Room

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the circumstances surrounding the mysterious death of Alberto Nisman.

22nd January 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Claudia Rosett

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett on Alberto Nisman's investigation and the circumstances surrounding his death.

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Sen. Mark Kirk Slams Obama Plan to Release $11.9B to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million in cash assets to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June, according to figures provided by the State Department.

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Yemen Falls Into Iran’s Orbit as Region Caught Asleep at the Wheel

David Andrew Weinberg, Oren Adaki

If the Houthis are able to solidify control over the southernmost country on the Arabian Peninsula, it could create a risk for Israel and other countries’ sea traffic.

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Unanimity at Last: Obama is Delusional on Foreign Policy

Mark Dubowitz

If there is one thing the right and left, Democrats and Republicans, politicians and experts could all agree on, it was that President Obama’s take on the world is shockingly delusional. The most common question seems to be: Could he believe what he was saying?

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Yasmeen Sami Alamiri - Al Arabiya

President Obama’s State of the Union Reflects ‘Strong’ America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Seemingly defiant, President Obama addressed joint members of Congress Tuesday evening, declaring: “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.”

21st January 2015 - Quoted by Carla Babb - VOA News

Obama Praises US-led Coalition, Syrian Training to Defeat IS

Jonathan Schanzer

In his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, President Barack Obama described U.S. efforts to defeat the Islamic State group in Syria, including the training of Syrian moderates to lead the battle.

21st January 2015 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz shares his reaction to President Obama's veto threat on Iran sanctions legislation.

21st January 2015 - VOA Persian

News

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh participates in a round table discussion about President Obama's 2015 State of the Union.

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