Analysis & Commentary


22nd December 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Repressive Apparatus Gets a Raise

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

To pay for it, Rouhani will have to tax a disgruntled middle class. Luckily he’ll have well-paid Guards to quash any potential unrest.

22nd December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Leader of Iranian-Backed Militia Killed in Eastern Iraq

Bill Roggio

The leader of the Mukhtar Army, who was also the secretary-general of Hezbollah in Iraq, was killed in Diyala province. Supporters of the Islamic State claimed the group is responsible for his death.

18th December 2014 - Business Insider

An Iranian Proxy Still Holds All The Cards In Lebanon

Tony Badran

During his recent visit to Beirut, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Matthew Spence reportedly told Lebanese officials that “the war on terror has created a new reality, which has allowed the state to expand its influence at the expense of Hezbollah’s influence.”

17th December 2014 - Standpoint

A Sham Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The 24 November deadline for a nuclear agreement with Iran came and went with no deal and the likelihood of further delays in 2015. Both the Obama Administration and its European allies are adamant that we have never before been as close to a deal as we are today. Delicate diplomatic issues,...

16th December 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: ‘One-Handed Economist’ Needed to End Iran’s Nuclear Weapons Program

Benjamin Weinthal

The key takeaway for the P5 plus 1, based on the new economic data, is to internalize the plummeting oil price as a lever of pressure to secure massive concessions from Iran.

16th December 2014 - CBN

CBN News

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz explains the effect of the recent drop in oil prices on the Iranian economy.

15th December 2014 - Cited by The Tower

With Sanctions Relief Looming, Iran Prepares to Open for Business

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Expecting an end to sanctions, Iranian manufacturers are preparing to open for business with the West, according to a report Friday in The New York Times.

15th December 2014 - National Interest

How Iran Is Skirting Sanctions in the Southern Caucasus

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Unless Western governments pay more attention to Iranian efforts to defy the international community, Tehran will continue to elude export restrictions and bypass sanctions through the South Caucasus.

15th December 2014 - Cited by The Tower

Hamas Delegation in Tehran Seeks to Deepen Ties with Iran, Syria

Ali Alfoneh

Hamas is seeking to mend ties with Syria and Iran according to policy brief written Thursday by Ali Alfoneh, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Alfoneh cited an interview Hamas spokesman, Osama Hamdan, gave to an Iranian news agency.

13th December 2014 - Interviewed by Jonathan Weckerle - Jungle World (Germany)

Die US-Regierung hat versagt

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Saeed Ghaseminejad ist Publizist, politischer Analyst und unter anderem Fellow der Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Während seines Studiums in Teheran war er Mitgründer der studentischen Vereinigung »Iranian liberal students and graduates«. Er lebt heute in New York. Mit der Jungle...

12th December 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Can Congress stop a rotten Iran deal?

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, the sanctions guru at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, writes: "Lest we forget, Iran is at the negotiation table because Congress passed tough economic sanctions that hammered its economy, and many of them over the Obama administration’s objections. But Congress’...

12th December 2014 - Forbes

North Korea and Iran: Partners in Cyber Warfare?

Claudia Rosett

North Korea has denied any involvement in the massive hacking attack last month on Sony Pictures Entertainment, and absent evidence clearly pinning the deed on Pyongyang, it may be fair to keep an open mind.

12th December 2014 - National Interest

Congress: The Last Line of Defense in the Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

Now that the United States, its allies and Iran have agreed again to extend nuclear negotiations, the onus is now on Congress to take on the responsibility of making Tehran pay for its continued nuclear intransigence.

12th December 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Supreme Censor

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

The evolution of Ali Khamenei from sensitive lover of Western literature to enforcer of Islamic revolutionary orthodoxy.

11th December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Khaled Mashal’s Road to Damascus Runs Through Tehran

Ali Alfoneh

An interview this week with a Hamas spokesman reveals that despite a temporary rupture in the Palestinian organization’s ties to Iran, the group remains reliant as ever on its benefactor, the Islamic Republic.

11th December 2014 - The Long War Journal

Islamic State Overruns Badr Brigade Position Near Samarra

Bill Roggio

The jihadist group also launched suicide attacks and assaults in towns around the central Iraqi city.

11th December 2014 - National Review Online

Iran’s Serial Violations and Obama’s Tepid Response

Benjamin Weinthal

The sheer scale of Iran’s violations of the Joint Plan of Action to slow down its illicit nuclear-weapons program should ring alarm bells in the White House. Veteran United Nations correspondent Colum Lynch’s bombshell report this week that Iran engaged in “an increase in procurement...

10th December 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Hamas, Iran Rebuilding Military Ties in Tehran

Jonathan Schanzer

Leaders of the terror group Hamas traveled to Iran this week to rebuild relations with one of its top benefactors and leading weapons suppliers, according to regional experts and reports.

10th December 2014 - Quoted by Mahmut Hamsici - BBC Türkçe

İran’daki yolsuzluk operasyonu ne anlama geliyor?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

İran'da bugünlerde ülke tarihinin en büyük yolsuzluk operasyonlarından biri yapılıyor. Operasyonda 20 kişi gözaltına alındı, 30 kişi ifadeye çağırıldı. Bu kişilerin arasında birçok üst düzey bürokrat da bulunuyor.

9th December 2014 - War on The Rocks

Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: A Troika of Realists

Behnam Ben Taleblu

There was once a different Iran. At its helm was not a mullah but a monarch — secular, allied with the West, and committed to his country’s development and modernization.

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