Analysis & Commentary


31st October 2014 - National Review Online

Treating Our Friends Like Enemies

Benjamin Weinthal

The Obama administration’s foreign policy provides a kind of porcelain alliance for America’s allies across the world.

31st October 2014 - FDD Press

Iranian Economy In Moderate Recovery Thanks To Sanctions Relief, New Report Finds

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their eighth joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy. The study found the country in the midst of a moderate economic recovery, after bottoming out in the 2013/14...

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

State Dept., Iran Officials Meet at Pittsburgh Business Forum

Ali Alfoneh

A delegation of Iranian officials paid a quiet visit to the United States this week to meet with corporate leaders and a senior State Department representative at a business forum in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry Sounds Sensible on Iran?!

Mark Dubowitz

In an interview on Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, for the first time, something reassuring about the Iran “P5+1″ talks.

30th October 2014 - Now Media

Selective Memory: Iran’s Role in the Marine Barracks Bombing

Tony Badran

As the US moves closer to Iran it has placed the onus of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing on Imad Mughniyeh, even though it was an Iranian operation from top to bottom.

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: US Concerns with Israel Too Deep for Silence

Jonathan Schanzer

The most important lesson from recent weeks of bickering between American and Israeli officials isn't the choice of their words to insult one another, but their calculated choice to do so publicly in the first place.

29th October 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

An Iran Deal in Which Both Sides Can Claim Victory

Mark Dubowitz

Is the Obama administration preparing the ground for an Iran nuclear deal — one in which both sides can claim victory?

28th October 2014 - Cited by Omri Ceren - The Tower

Analysts Worry Over “Cascade of US Concessions” as Iran Nuke Talks Near Deadline

Mark Dubowitz

Al Arabiya on Monday (link in Arabic) cataloged a series of concessions that the Obama administration is rumored to have made to Iran as negotiations approach the upcoming November 24 deadline.

27th October 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen, Jeremy Bender, Amanda Macias - Business Insider

The Most Powerful Militaries In The Middle East

Patrick Megahan

The balance of power in the Middle East is in disarray: A three-year civil war has torn apart Syria and opened up a vacuum for the rise of the Islamic State group; Sunni powers led by Saudi Arabia continue to face off against Shi'ite powers led by Iran; other countries are reeling from...

27th October 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Has a Deal With Iran Stalled?

Mark Dubowitz

We are counting down the days not only to the midterm election but to the Nov. 24 deadline in the P5+1 Iran talks.

27th October 2014 - Fox News

Iran’s Non-Muslims Face Prison, Execution, Despite ‘Reform’ Claims, Says New UN Report

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s regime conducted a raid on an Easter service and arrested Christians, subjected Christian converts to death threats and psychological abuse and shut down licensed churches, according to a UN report that will be submitted to world leaders on Tuesday.

24th October 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hints of An Iran Giveaway

Mark Dubowitz

Our lead negotiator at the P5+1 talks, Wendy Sherman, gave a speech Thursday on the status of the negotiation. If her aim was to say nothing of any import, she almost succeeded.

24th October 2014 - Forbes

North Korea Takes a Tip from Iran’s “Charm Offensive”?

Claudia Rosett

North Korea is engaged in a blitz of diplomatic activity, summed up by the New York Times as Pyongyang’s “Diplomatic Charm Offensive.”

23rd October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Passing of Ayatollah Mahdavi-Kani

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Another man of the cloth has perished. Ayatollah Mohammad Reza Mahdavi-Kani, the Chairman of Iran’s Assembly of Experts, passed away this Tuesday while hospitalized with a coma in Tehran.

23rd October 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Top Iranian Official: Obama is ‘The Weakest of U.S. Presidents’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian president’s senior advisor has called President Barack Obama “the weakest of U.S. presidents” and described the U.S. leader’s tenure in office as “humiliating,” according to a translation of the highly candid comments provided to the Free Beacon.

23rd October 2014 - Quoted by Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

Hawks on the Hunt: GOP Pounces on Obama Foreign Policy Flubs for Poll Edge

Clifford D. May

Republicans are putting President Obama’s foreign policy on the ballot this year, and with the GOP poised to make big gains, including possibly capturing control of the Senate, the White House will see more constraints on its policies toward Ukraine, Iran and the Islamic State terrorists....

23rd October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Book Review: Dancing With the Iranian Devil

Benjamin Weinthal

Since 1984, when Germany’s foreign minister engaged Iran in ‘critical dialogue,’ the policy of ‘change through trade’ has informed Europe’s interactions with the Middle Eastern country.

23rd October 2014 - Business Insider

Obama Is Trying To Impose A Radical New Order On The US’s Middle Eastern Allies

Tony Badran

The Center for New American Security, a Washington think tank close to the Obama administration, has produced a strategy for the war against the Islamic State (ISIS).

23rd October 2014 - The National Interest

The Long Shadow of the Iran-Iraq War

Behnam Ben Taleblu

"No single event has defined Iran’s revolutionary ideology, politics, perspectives on society, and security more than the Iran-Iraq War."

21st October 2014 - The National Interest

A Revival of Sanctions: How to Get Iran to Compromise on a Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The sanctions relief provided by the Obama administration has helped the Iranian economy to the point where Iran doesn't see a need to make concessions on a nuclear deal. Time to increase pressure on Tehran.

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