Analysis & Commentary


29th November 2016 - BBC

BBC World News

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the future of Iran's nuclear deal under the next administration.

28th November 2016 - FDD Research Memo

Concerns about a Reduction of Transparency in IAEA Reporting on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

While the U.S. administration maintains that Iran has thus far complied with the nuclear deal, the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report indicates that for the second time, Iran has exceeded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s (JCPOA) limit for its inventory of heavy...

28th November 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iran Analyst: Top Tehran Regime Officials Trying to ‘Blackmail’ US Into Making Further Concessions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Top Iranian officials — including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — are currently seeking to test President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump and extract further concessions from the US, an expert on the Islamic Republic told The Algemeiner on Monday.

27th November 2016 - Quoted by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor - Arab Times

Armies should be tools of defence, not oppression

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Armies fall into two loose categories. There are those whose prime objective is to defend their soil and people from foreign aggression and others that prioritize defence of the leadership and state institutions against civil uprisings. Some will willingly use lethal force against...

24th November 2016 - NPR

All Things Considered

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran in the transition of administrations.

23rd November 2016 - World Affairs Journal

The EU Cozies with Iran at Its Peril

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since last summer’s nuclear deal, Iran has been pushing a full court press to be treated as a legitimate member of the international community. Its behavior suggests otherwise. Since the accord, Tehran has stepped up support to the Assad regime in Syria, persisted in testing...

23rd November 2016 - The Weekly Standard

A Tale of Two Trumps

David Andrew Weinberg

There seem to be at least two Donald Trumps on how to deal with Saudi Arabia, and it's difficult to know which one will trump the other in office.

23rd November 2016 - Quoted by Ben Rosen - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran to US: honor nuclear deal, or else

Mark Dubowitz

A week after the US House of Representatives reauthorized a 20-year-old law to renew sanctions against Iran, the country’s supreme leader said any passage of the law by the US Senate and president would lead to a retaliation.

23rd November 2016

German firm probing hiring of PM’s lawyer in sub deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

German engineering giant ThyssenKrupp announced an internal investigation Tuesday into allegations that the company’s Israel representative, Miki Ganor, improperly subcontracted work related to Israel’s purchase of the company’s submarines to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s...

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Obama strengthens Iran deal over GOP outcry

Mark Dubowitz

The White House and Iran have taken steps to buttress their landmark nuclear deal even as House Republican leaders urged President Obama on Tuesday to avoid actions that weaken sanctions on Iran before President-elect Donald Trump is inaugurated.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Israel: Iran is Smuggling Missile Technology to Hezbollah Inside Commercial Flights

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran is smuggling weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah inside commercial flights to Lebanon, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations has charged in a letter to the UN Security Council. Such actions would violate several Security Council resolutions.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Israel: Iran is Smuggling Missile Technology to Hezbollah Inside Commercial Flights

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran is smuggling weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah inside commercial flights to Lebanon, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations has charged in a letter to the UN Security Council. Such actions would violate several Security Council resolutions.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - The Daily Caller

Donald Trump’s Election Is A Game Changer For Iran Policy

Mark Dubowitz

In sports, a game changer or event is an athlete or play that suddenly changes the momentum and perhaps outcome of a contest. Trump has an opportunity to be a game changer and tilt the outcome in favour of the Iranian people and away from Tehran and its war against them.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy

The U.N. Human Rights Chief Fixes for a Fight with Trump

Mark Dubowitz

European governments are launching a concerted appeal to persuade President-elect Donald Trump to not abandon the Iran nuclear deal or NATO’s tough stance toward Russia, warning of dire consequences that could raise the risk of war and weaken the transatlantic alliance.

18th November 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s First Major Post-Deal Oil Contract Is Risky Business

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran last week struck its first major oil agreement with international firms following the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions pursuant to last summer’s nuclear deal.

18th November 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Pro-Iran group to urge Germans to vote Israel is illegal

Benjamin Weinthal

The radical Islamic pro-Iran regime NGO “The Feather” announced that it will urge Germans to reject Israel’s existence on Saturday at an information stand in the the northern German city of Delmenhorst in the state of Lower Saxony.

18th November 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Incoming CIA Director Has Reputation for Confronting Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) to serve as the next CIA director is garnering early praise from senior congressional insiders and foreign policy experts, who told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday that the lawmaker has won plaudits for taking a...

18th November 2016 - Quoted by Masood Farivar - Voice of America

Iran Nuclear Deal Opponents to Trump: Don’t ‘Rip it Up’

Orde Kittrie

Republicans and other long-time opponents of an international nuclear agreement with Iran have walked back calls to scrap the deal and are now urging the incoming Trump administration to stiffen it rather than unravel what President-elect Donald Trump once termed as "the worst deal ever...

17th November 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Tightens Military Ties with China

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iranian and Chinese security officials signed a military-cooperation agreement this week to establish a joint commission to boost defense ties. Since the 1979 Islamic revolution and the subsequent severing of U.S. military assistance, Tehran has relied on Chinese arms to supplement its...

17th November 2016 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

There’s a glaring problem with the Iran deal — and Trump could possibly fix it

Jonathan Schanzer

Under the landmark Iran nuclear deal, the international community "calls upon" Iran to halt work on missiles that can be used to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

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