Analysis & Commentary


9th December 2014 - Quoted by Mikel Ayestaran - ABC.es

General Suleimani, el verdugo iraní de los yihadistas del Estado Islámico

Ali Alfoneh

Qassem Suleimani ha dejado de ser el «comandante en la sombra», sobrenombre más usado en la prensa occidental, del régimen iraní para convertirse en el mejor argumento de la república islámica en su lucha contra el Estado Islámico (EI).

7th December 2014 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Israel Strikes Against Syria May Be Linked to Iranian Activity

Tony Badran

Syria expert Eyal Zisser to ‘Post’: In the past, no one had any interest in opening up another front said Zisser adding, “Let’s hope that will happen this time."

5th December 2014 - Quoted by Jay Solomon and Peter Nicholas - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Talks Likely to Figure in Any Hillary Clinton 2016 Bid

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton has distanced herself from the Obama administration’s increasingly unpopular handling of international issues, including Syria and Russia.

4th December 2014 - CBN

CBN News

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz explains how Western negotiators have lost their leverage in the Iranian nuclear negotiations.

4th December 2014 - The Hill

Crowds or Mobs, Demonstrations or Riots

Michael Ledeen

When is a demonstration a riot? When you disapprove. Crowds demonstrate and mobs riot. Got it?

3rd December 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Rand Paul vs. Israel, Again

Mark Dubowitz

The Wall Street Journal reports that at the annual Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) reaffirmed that he is the sole GOP potential 2016 contender to support White House national security adviser Susan Rice’s fear-mongering that new Iran sanctions would wreck...

3rd December 2014 - Quoted by Kira Zalan - ACAMS MoneyLaundering.com

Lawmakers Seeking Veto-Proof Passage of Iran Sanctions Measure

Emanuele Ottolenghi

U.S. lawmakers may soon have enough support to pass a veto-proof measure that would clear the way for sanctions against foreign banks that deal with blacklisted Iranian entities in foreign currencies.

3rd December 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Speech After the JPOA Extension

Ali Alfoneh

Addressing high ranking members of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and the Basij on Nov. 27, Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei expressed a few words of support for Iranian nuclear negotiators, and stressed: “I’m not opposed to extending the negotiations [by seven months...

3rd December 2014 - The Long War Journal

AQAP Claims Bombing of Iranian Ambassador’s Residence in Yemen

Oren Adaki

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has claimed credit for a car bombing this morning outside the Sana'a residence of Iran's new ambassador to Yemen.

2nd December 2014 - Quoted by Michael Riley, Jordan Robertson - Bloomberg

Iran-Backed Hackers Target Airports, Carriers: Report

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Hackers working for Iran have targeted at least 50 companies and government organizations, including commercial airlines, looking for vulnerabilities that could be used in physical attacks, cyber-security firm Cylance Inc. said today.

1st December 2014 - Cited by The Washington Examiner

Congress Should End Obama’s Dangerous Charade With Iran

On Dec. 10, 2013, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to make the case for a tentative six-month agreement reached with Iran a few weeks earlier over the radical Islamic regime’s nuclear program.

1st December 2014 - CRN Radio

Bill Martinez Live

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD Senior Fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht discusses the future of the Iran nuclear negotiations.

1st December 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Extending Extensions

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Predictably, President Barack Obama and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei have decided to extend again the Joint Plan of Action, the interim nuclear deal they concluded in November 2013.

1st December 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Europe retreats from pressing Iran on human rights progress

Benjamin Weinthal

Europe needs to learn a political lesson urgently: human rights in dictatorships don’t improve when you sit down and discuss them.

30th November 2014 - Real Clear World

Iran Extension Foreshadows a Bad Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The deadline for a nuclear deal came and went Monday with no agreement - just a seven-month extension of the interim agreement. Public comments by Western and Iranian officials, as well as media reports, suggest that enough progress has been made since Iran and the six world powers signed...

28th November 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Is the Price of Watermelons Relevant to Iran’s Nuclear Crisis?

Benjamin Weinthal

Experts weigh in on interplay between Iran’s wobbly economy and the possibility of settling the nuclear weapons crisis with the mullah regime.

28th November 2014 - The Jewish Chronicle

Why the Delay to the Iran Deal Weakens the West

Emanuele Ottolenghi

What can a few more months of negotiations achieve that 11 years, including the last 12 months of marathon talks, could not have done already?

26th November 2014 - POTUS - Sirius XM

The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi on the future of the Iranian nuclear negotiations.

26th November 2014 - Business Insider

Why The US Shouldn’t Be So Afraid Of The Nuclear Negotiations With Iran Collapsing

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year after signing an interim agreement with Iran, the US administration has discovered the hard way that a comprehensive nuclear accord remains elusive.

26th November 2014 - Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

When the United States agreed on Monday to extend the nuclear negotiations with Iran for another seven months, it was met with immediate protest from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, as well as from hard-liners in Iran’s Parliament.

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