Analysis & Commentary


1st August 2014 - The Long War Journal

Analysis: What the Gaza War Means for Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the war in Gaza continues, Iran's political, military, and religious calculations ascribe similar but not identical values to the ongoing conflict. The ways in which Iranian leaders codify events on the ground vary depending on their interests at home and abroad.

31st July 2014 - The Long War Journal

Hezbollah ‘Trainer’ Killed During Fighting in Northern Iraq

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah, which helped establish Shia terror groups in Iraq beginning in 2005, said that Ibrahim al Hajj, a trainer, was killed while "performing his jihadi duties" in Tal Afar.

31st July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Mends Relations with Hamas

Ali Alfoneh

Arm Hamas. That was the main message of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s speech on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the feast marking the end of the month of Ramadan.

29th July 2014 - CNN

The Situation Room

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow, Reuel Marc Gerecht, discusses Iran's relationship with Hamas.

29th July 2014 - PJ Media

Courtesy of Tehran and the Whole Gang

Michael Ledeen

As Israel’s UN ambassador, Ron Prosor, said: “Every rocket flying out of Gaza could bear the imprint ‘Courtesy of Tehran.’”

29th July 2014 - Quoted by Rosie Gray - Buzzfeed

Congress Grows Restless As Iran Talks Drag

Mark Dubowitz

A top Obama administration official on Tuesday wouldn’t promise the the Iran nuclear negotiations will end by the new deadline.

28th July 2014 - War on the Rocks

1979 Revisited: Judging the Iranian Revolution

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Everyone has his or her own judgment as to what is the enduring lesson of the Iranian Revolution.

25th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Quds Day In Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, Iran’s celebration of Quds Day (Jerusalem Day) today affirmed the Islamic Republic’s continued rejection of Israel’s existence.

25th July 2014 - Rochester Democrat & Chronicle

Iran’s Role in the Gaza War

Benjamin Weinthal

To confront the radical organization Hamas, the United States and the international community must first confront the Palestinian group’s military sponsors, specifically the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Lebanese organization Hezbollah and Syria.

25th July 2014 - The Weekly Standard

A Bad Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

We are in an odd situation. President Barack Obama is trying to coerce and cajole Iran’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei, to compromise on his nuclear quest without using America’s only possible trumps: more sanctions and a serious threat of force.

25th July 2014 - The Montreal Gazette

Remembering Zahra Kazemi and Continuing Rights Abuses in Iran

Sheryl Saperia, Behnam Ben Taleblu

This month marks the 11th anniversary of the tragic death of Canadian-Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi.

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.

24th July 2014 - National Review Online

Bad Move to the U.N.

Claudia Rosett

Having failed to produce a deal after six months of bargaining in Vienna, the Iran nuclear talks now appear headed for a venue even less auspicious for the U.S. and its allies: the United Nations General Assembly, whose next session opens this September in New York.

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.

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