Analysis & Commentary


12th April 2015 - Quoted by Robert McFarlane - The Washington Times

The Means of Coercing Iran

Mark Dubowitz

How would the prospects for stability in the Middle East be affected if Iran were to succeed in its effort to become a nuclear power? In what ways might we expect Iran to behave differently?

12th April 2015 - PJ Media

If the Iranians Are So Smart, How Come the Place Is a Wreck?

Michael Ledeen

I’m sick and tired of hearing about the Iranians’ brilliance, about what fabulous negotiators they are, about what great game players they are (some say, falsely I believe, that the Persians invented chess, even) and so on and so forth. Frankly, I think Supreme Leader Khamenei,...

11th April 2015 - Voice of America

Nuclear Deal Could Lead to Increases Influence for Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the increasing influence of Iran.

10th April 2015 - PJ Media

And Now, Iran Wins a Seat on Governing Board of UN Agency for Women

Claudia Rosett

It’s not only at the nuclear talks that Iran is goose-stepping right over those polite U.S. diplomats to grab all it can get. At the United Nations, Iran has just won a seat on the governing board of — what else? — UN Women.

10th April 2015 - Quoted by Nicole Gaudiano - USA Today

Sen. Menendez to Pivot From Bribery Case to Iran Bill

Mark Dubowitz

Embattled Sen. Robert Menendez will have a diminished role when he returns to the Senate next week. But he probably won't speak with a diminished voice when a key committee takes up his bill on Iran.

9th April 2015 - BBC

BBC World Service Radio

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the regional implications of the conflict in Yemen.

9th April 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Breaks Silence over Nuclear Framework

Ali Alfoneh, Behnam Ben Taleblu

There is “nothing to congratulate,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday, breaking his silence over a nuclear framework agreement signed with international negotiators a week earlier in Switzerland. In a televised address, Khamenei demanded all sanctions be immediately...

9th April 2015 - Quoted by David Martosko - Daily Mail

Iran’s Supreme Leader Demands ‘Instant’ Suspension of All Sanctions as Part of Nuke Agreement

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Thursday demanded that all sanctions on Iran be lifted at the same time as any final agreement with world powers on curbing Tehran's nuclear program is reached.

9th April 2015 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Iran Nuclear Deal Hits a Stumbling Block: the Supreme Leader

Mark Dubowitz

The nuclear deal Iran and world powers are trying to negotiate hit a roadblock Thursday when Iran’s supreme leader said economic sanctions on his country must be lifted as soon as an accord is signed and Iran’s military facilities will remain off-limits to international inspectors.

9th April 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Ayatollah Khamenei Accuses WH of ‘Lying,’ Being ‘Deceptive,’ and Having ‘Devilish’ Intentions

Thomas Joscelyn

President Obama has long known that the real decision maker in Iran is Ayatollah Khamenei, the so-called supreme leader. While other Iranian officials have negotiated with Western powers over the mullahs’ nuclear program, Khamenei’s opinion is the only one that really counts. It is for...

9th April 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Pragmatism Trumps Principles on Erdogan’s Iran Visit

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan visited the Iranian capital on Tuesday amidst rising tension between Ankara and Tehran. The trip – which occurred despite vehement opposition by Iranian hardliners – underscores that the two neighbors’ economic relationship remains too important...

8th April 2015 - The National Herald

The Iranian Nuclear Threat and Greek-Israeli Relations

Benjamin Weinthal

Two items in the March 7 issue of The National Herald, an editorial, “Netanyahu’s Pyrrhic Victory” and an opinion piece, “A National Disgrace: Boehner Undermines the President,” take sharp aim at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 address to a joint session of...

8th April 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - Congressional Quarterly

Obama Wields Double Veto Power on Iran Bill

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate appears on the verge of having a veto-proof majority to pass legislation empowering Congress to approve a final Iran deal but there's a catch. President Barack Obama is all but certain to veto any joint resolution if it forbidshim from lifting statutory sanctions.

8th April 2015 - The Jewish Chronicle

Iran Agreement: Tehran Gives the V-Sign

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If it is implemented, the preliminary framework for a deal over Iran's nuclear programme, agreed on last week in Lausanne, will be a great victory for the Islamic Republic and its aspirations.

7th April 2015 - Quoted by Darius Dixon & Burgess Everett - Politico

Can This Man Sell the Iran Deal to Congress?

Mark Dubowitz

Hours after President Barack Obama strode to the Rose Garden to sell the Iran nuclear deal, one of Congress’ top foreign policy players picked up the phone to get more details.

7th April 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

The Iranian Nuclear Deal, Explained

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Obama administration has been campaigning on behalf of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran since it was announced last week—even as the exact details of the proposed deal are still unclear.

7th April 2015 - CCTV

CCTV News

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses sanctions and the Iranian economy.

6th April 2015 - VOA Persian

VOA Persian News

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses nuclear diplomacy.

6th April 2015 - Quoted by Amir Paivar - BBC News

Iran nuclear deal has hungry investors circling

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A preliminary deal between Iran and world powers, which will see international sanctions lifted in return for Iranian curbs on its nuclear programme, has boosted the appetite for doing business in Iran at the earliest opportunity.

6th April 2015 - FOX News

DEFCON 3

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the recent nuclear agreement with Iran.

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