Analysis & Commentary


17th July 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Gaza Rockets, Iranian Fingerprints

Patrick Megahan

Hamas has fired more than 1,400 rockets into Israel, putting roughly two-thirds of the population in range, since the most recent round of violence erupted last week.

17th July 2014 - Quoted by Justyna Pawlak and Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

West Considers Early Sanctions Moves in Troubled Iran Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord at an impasse, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process to try to wring concessions from Tehran, diplomats say.

16th July 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

John Kerry’s Routine Wears Thin

Mark Dubowitz

Even for him, Secretary of State John Kerry’s remarks in Vienna on Tuesday were remarkably silly.

15th July 2014 - FDD Press Release

Iran Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their seventh joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy.

15th July 2014 - Quoted by Laurence Norman - The Wall Street Journal

Tangible Progress Made in Iran Nuclear Talks, Kerry Says

Mark Dubowitz

Nuclear talks between Iran and six powers were set to extend past the July 20 target date as Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif cited significant progress Tuesday, while saying much work remains.

14th July 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

Thank Obama For Iran’s Growing Economy

Mark Dubowitz

The White House eased pressure on Tehran to get a preliminary nuclear deal. But Iran’s economy has bounced back fast, undercutting Western leverage as the talks’ deadline looms.

10th July 2014 - Quoted by Alastair Jamieson - NBC News

Hamas Firing China-Designed, Syria-Made M-302 Rockets: Israel

Patrick Megahan

Smuggled Syrian-made rockets based on a Chinese design have boosted Hamas' 10,000-strong arsenal which is dominated by crude homemade devices, officials and experts say.

10th July 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Israeli Ambassador: Hamas Using Iranian Rockets to Attack Israel

Jonathan Schanzer

The terror group Hamas has begun deploying against Israel advanced long-range missiles provided to the militant group by Iran, forcing the Israeli military to specifically target these weapons caches in air strikes, according to Israel’s ambassador to the United States.

9th July 2014 - The Hill

How to Protect Against A Bad Deal With Iran

Michael Ledeen

Everything is coming up thorns for the Obama administration in the Middle East these days, and several of its policies seem to change daily.

9th July 2014 - NY Daily News

Iran’s War On Women

Benjamin Weinthal

As the world powers meet with representatives of the Iranian regime in Vienna in an effort to end its illicit nuclear program, the plight of struggling Iranian women can shed light on what is happening inside the country.

9th July 2014 - Business Insider

European Courts Are Gutting Iran Sanctions Before A Nuclear Agreement Has Even Been Reached

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Negotiators working to solve the diplomatic impasse over Iran’s nuclear program have not yet managed to find common ground with Tehran.

8th July 2014 - Quoted by John Hudson & Colum Lynch - Foreign Policy

New Khamenei Demands Make Tough Iranian Nuke Talks Even Tougher

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has laid out an unusually detailed set of demands for what he would accept in a nuclear deal, further complicating the high-stakes efforts to reach an agreement before a July 20 deadline.

7th July 2014 - Mentioned by Brett Logiurato & Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Obama’s Foreign Policy Is Forming Alliances We Never Thought Possible

Tony Badran

Here's how quickly things can change in the volatile Middle East: Less than one year ago, President Barack Obama considered airstrikes against military targets held by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad after a chemical weapons attack killed as many as 1,400 people in the...

7th July 2014 - Interviewed by Tim Starks - CQ Roll Call

Five Questions With Mark Dubowitz on Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

INTERVIEW: Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish think tank, and a widely called-upon expert on sanctions and Iran’s nuclear program.

6th July 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Will The Islamic Republic Face Economic Collapse?

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran’s jingoistic expansionism in Syria and Iraq, along with a deepening economic meltdown, may contribute to the demise of the Islamic Republic.

6th July 2014 - The Times of Israel

And The Reign Of Terror Continues

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In a recent public spat with his domestic political opponents, Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani rebuked conservatives for their continued efforts to impose morality by force.

5th July 2014 - The Weekly Standard

The Man And The Myth

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

The many faces of Hassan Rouhani

3rd July 2014 - The Hill

Eliciting A Better Deal From Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

After months of public optimism, Iranian and U.S. officials are publicly hinting that they’ve reached an impasse over the nuclear negotiations.

3rd July 2014 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Enemy of My Enemy is Not Necessarily My Friend

Sheryl Saperia

After decades of bitter experience in this arena, the Barack Obama administration cannot be excused for its recent willingness to consider cooperating with Iran in the battle against a mutual enemy, ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.

2nd July 2014 - Mentioned by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Holding the line on Iran sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

At a time President Obama’s approval ratings are spiraling downward and Americans regard him as the worst post-World War II president, the United States nevertheless is stuck with an increasingly whiny, irrelevant and weakened chief executive.

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