Analysis & Commentary


14th July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German government agency involved in violation of Iran sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

A German government quality control agency and a private certification agency that works with it both violated EU sanctions and the federal agency’s policy by providing certificates to Iranian banks, constructions companies and energy firms, a joint investigation by The Jerusalem Post and...

14th July 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

One year on, Obama’s Iran nuclear deal still hangs in the balance

Mark Dubowitz

Like the opening to Cuba, the Iran nuclear deal is a landmark initiative that President Obama wants to safeguard, not just as part of his legacy of engagement with adversaries but also as established United States foreign policy.

14th July 2016 - Quoted by Ryan Browne - CNN

Iran nuclear deal at anniversary not the rallying cry GOP sought

Mark Dubowitz

In the months leading up to the signing of the Iran nuclear deal one year ago Thursday, Republican critics galvanized opposition to push back against the agreement.

14th July 2016 - WMAL

Mornings on the Mall

Clifford D. May

FDD Founder & President Clifford D. May discusses the one year mark of the Iran deal.

14th July 2016 - FDD Press

The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaws After One Year: Emboldened Iran and Diminished American Deterrence

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it is worth recalling why this deal is fatally flawed. The JCPOA provides Iran with a patient pathway to nuclear weapons capability by placing limited, temporary, and reversible...

14th July 2016 - Foreign Affairs - Co-written by Ray Takeyh

Can’t Have It Both Ways in Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

As the U.S. campaign season wears on, both Republicans and Democrats are pledging to stay tough on Iran. Such promises aren’t new. Last summer, as the Barack Obama administration unveiled its nuclear agreement, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry assured skeptics that the United States...

13th July 2016 - WSJ Video

Opinion Journal

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the Boeing-Iran deal.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Year after nuclear deal, 6 ways Iran is more assertive

Mark Dubowitz

One year after Iran and world powers reached a historic nuclear accord, a potential showdown was averted and Iran’s economy is in recovery, but its hardliners continue to expand their anti-American agenda.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Linda Gradstein - The Media Line

Was the Iran Nuclear Deal Worth it?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s President Hasan Rouhani said that Iran could restart parts of its nuclear program that were halted under a landmark deal one year ago if the international community does not keep its end of the bargain.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by James Freeman - The Wall Street Journal

The Radical Democratic Party

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

In their draft party platform, Democrats are taking a “sharp left turn,” writes our columnist William Galston. The document features a “near-silence on economic growth,” plus “intensified social liberalism” and no agenda to reform government—just plans to make it bigger.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

A year later, Iran nuclear deal is holding but fragile

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear accord is fragile at its one-year anniversary.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Teresa Welsh - McClatchy DC

One year later, Iran obeying nuclear deal, despite early doubts

Mark Dubowitz

One year after major world powers reached a historic nuclear deal with Iran, that country has largely kept up its end of the bargain but Tehran has complained it has not experienced the financial boost it hoped to receive.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Assessing the Iran nuclear deal one year after it was reached

Mark Dubowitz

Shortly after the Iran nuclear deal was reached last year, President Obama swung by the State Department to personally thank the negotiators.

13th July 2016 - The Washington Times

Obama’s Iran experiment

Clifford D. May

A hypothetical question: Suppose the Islamic State wanted to buy some American airplanes, and promised not to use them to support terrorists. Would you be OK with that? I’m guessing not.

12th July 2016 - Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Iran Tries to Get Nuclear Technology from Germany, says German Intelligence Report

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran has been making repeated attempts to acquire nuclear-, chemical- and biological weapons technology from Germany, reveals the annual domestic intelligence report published by the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) last week. According to the report, last year Iran made 141...

12th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Why Are These IRGC Figures Not Sanctioned?

Amir Toumaj

The White House promised Congress last summer that the Iran nuclear accord would not prevent the United States from imposing additional non-nuclear sanctions.

12th July 2016 - MarketWatch

Opinion: Why Boeing shouldn’t do business with Iran

Jonathan Schanzer, Amir Toumaj

A little more than a year ago, it would have been unthinkable for major U.S. corporations to do business with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Yet, here we are. With the signing of last year’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, businesses are lining up to...

12th July 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Reflections on the Second Lebanon War

Tony Badran

What a week for anniversaries! Thursday we'll be celebrating the first year of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

12th July 2016 - The Weekly Standard - Co-written by Stephen F. Hayes

Top Intel Official: Al Qaeda Worked on WMD in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

Al Qaeda operatives based in Iran worked on chemical and biological weapons, according to a letter written to Osama bin Laden that is described in a new book by a top former U.S. intelligence official.

12th July 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

The Boeing Sale to Iran Runs Into Turbulence

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Mark Dubowitz

No wonder the House moved last week to try to block Boeing’s tentative agreement to sell 80 passenger jets to Iran’s government-owned airline, Iran Air. Congress is rightly concerned about what could be a $25 billion deal with an Iranian aviation industry that has been complicit in...

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