Analysis & Commentary


29th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Ups Ante with New Iran Sanctions

Tzvi Kahn

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests and other malign behavior.

28th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Arrests Senior Turkish Banker for Sanctions-Busting

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

U.S. authorities arrested Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy CEO of Turkey’s public lender Halkbank, upon his arrival in New York, according to news reports today.

28th March 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's CEO Mark Dubowitz discusses the relationship between Iran and Russia, as well as what the US can do to counter Iranian aggression.

27th March 2017 - Quoted by Peyman Pejman - Kayhan London

Russia, Iran: Mutual Aspirations, Continued Competition

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to Moscow this week is seen by observers as much for what is on the agenda as it is for items not officially included on the list of topics to be discussed.

24th March 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Senators Introduce Bipartisan Bill Targeting Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Ballistic Missiles

Mark Dubowitz

A bipartisan bill targeting Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), its ballistic missile program, and human rights violations was introduced in the Senate on Thursday.

24th March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Saeed Ghasseminejad

FDD associate fellow Saeed Ghasseminejad discusses Iran depopulating Syria and colonizing it with Shia from Lebanon and Afghanistan.

24th March 2017 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - Algemeiner

Iran Analyst: Trump’s Nowruz Greeting Struck ‘Different Tone’ Than Those Issued by Obama

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Donald Trump has taken a tough stance toward the Tehran regime since he took office in January, but earlier this week he appeared to reach out to the citizens of the Islamic Republic with a warm Nowruz (Persian New Year) greeting.

23rd March 2017 - War on the Rocks

Spiritual Ardor and Military Might: The Story of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Behnam Ben Taleblu

This past September in an audience hall in Tehran, a prominent vocalist named Sadegh Ahangaran took to a microphone to justify an Iranian military adventure. Ahangaran had earned the nickname “the nightingale of the Imam” for his melodies of martyrdom decades earlier during the Iran-Iraq...

23rd March 2017 - Foreign Policy

In Venezuela’s Toxic Brew, Failed Narco-State Meets Iran-Backed Terrorism

John Hannah, Emanuele Ottolenghi

As if the political and economic chaos wracking Venezuela wasn’t worrying enough, a couple of recent stories underscore the potential national security threat brewing there.

23rd March 2017 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran’s Spymaster Claims Pro-Regime Agents Operating in D.C., London, Canada

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran maintains a network of spies and lobbyists who clandestinely push the Islamic regime's agenda in Washington, D.C., and elsewhere, according to the head of Iran's ministry of intelligence, who touted the pro-Iran network's ability to spread its ideology to the West.

22nd March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Sanctions Bahrainis Linked to Iran-Backed Group

Tzvi Kahn, David Andrew Weinberg

The State Department on Friday designated two Bahrainis with ties to Iran as Specially Designated Global Terrorists, thereby denying them access to the U.S. financial system, freezing their U.S. assets, and prohibiting American citizens from conducting transactions with them.

21st March 2017 - Foreign Policy

Rouhani, the Deceiver

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

In two months’ time — on May 19, to be exact — Iran will hold presidential elections. As things currently stand, odds are that the incumbent, Hassan Rouhani, will win a second term.

21st March 2017 - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Accused of Planning Attack on Head of French-Israel Business Group

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran's Quds Force plotted with the aid of a paid Pakistani man to surveil --and possibly assassinate--the head of the French-Israeli chamber of commerce, according to revelations from a Monday court proceeding in Berlin and German media reports.

20th March 2017 - Quoted by Hassan Dai - The Hill

On Iran, President Trump is sending mixed signals

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Two months into the Trump presidency, uncertainty and confusion about U.S. foreign policy in general, and its policy in the Middle East in particular, continue to puzzle experts and decision makers around the globe. Regarding Iran, the administration has been sending mixed signals, making it...

19th March 2017 - The Cipher Brief

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Looks to Profit in Syria

Tony Badran, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s powerful, ideological military force, is one of the country’s most influential institutions, with major stakes in key sectors of the economy and supervision of Tehran’s vast network of militias and terrorist proxies in conflicts throughout...

17th March 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Israel’s airstrikes in Palmyra likely targeted Hezbollah weapons shipments


David Daoud

Rocket alert sirens sounded in north eastern Israel Thursday night, shortly past midnight. News reports Friday morning revealed that the Israel Air Force had carried out strikes against several targets in the city of Palmyra, the deepest such raid into Syrian territory since the beginning of...

17th March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's CEO Mark Dubowitz discusses designating the IRGC and the nuclear deal under the Trump administration.

16th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi Arabia’s Charm Offensive with New U.S. President

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia’s most powerful prince, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, became the first Arab leader to meet in the White House on Tuesday with President Donald Trump, who was accompanied by White House advisors but not his secretaries of state or defense. The delegations did not...

15th March 2017 - Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

Tillerson’s quiet trip to Asia

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson arrives in Asia on Wednesday for his first foreign trip with almost no fanfare. He’s traveling on a “small plane” with “a modest footprint,” says a spokesman. He’s bringing along just one reporter and will hold only one brief press conference...

14th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Announces New Charges Against Iranian-American

Tzvi Kahn

Tehran announced new charges against an Iranian-American and his Iranian wife on Sunday, accusing them of promoting “corruption on Earth” and founding a “cult.” The move represents a direct challenge to the Trump administration, which has pledged to secure the release of...

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