Analysis & Commentary

21st January 2015 - The Washington Times

The Case for Deadline-Triggered Sanctions

Clifford D. May

Experienced negotiators know this: The side most willing to walk away from the table generally wins.

20th January 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

How Congress Can Use Its Leverage on Iran

David B. Rivkin

Nuclear talks between Iran and the U.S. recommenced Jan. 14, ahead of full international talks with senior officials from the U.S., U.K., France, Russia, China and Germany two days later.

20th January 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Russian Defense Minister in Iran for Arms Pact Talks

Michael Ledeen

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is in Iran for high-level talks with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei about boosting Tehran’s supply of submarines, torpedoes, and sea-based cruise missiles, according to Russian media reports and sources familiar with details of the talks.

20th January 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Promises ‘Crushing Response’ to Israeli Strike

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran on Monday promised that Hezbollah would deliver “crushing response” to the Israeli attack over the weekend, which killed six Iranian agents, including a top-level commander, and five Hezbollah members.

20th January 2015 - Sun News Network

The Source

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the case connecting the Iranian regime and Hezbollah to the 1994 attack on an Argentinian Jewish center.

20th January 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Senate Iran Sanctions Bill Delayed Over Lack of Democratic Support

Mark Dubowitz

A Senate committee markup of draft legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran scheduled for Thursday has been postponed for a week because the bill is not attracting as much Democratic support as expected, according to experts closely following the issue.

20th January 2015 - POTUS - Sirius XM

The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran sanctions and the Menendez-Kirk bill

20th January 2015 - Forbes

Alberto Nisman’s Warning About Iran

Claudia Rosett

Beyond puzzling over the circumstances, is there any response the U.S. can make to the sudden death this past weekend of Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman?

20th January 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Waning Public Support for Tehran’s Nuclear Aspirations

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s regime is at odds with itself over the costs and benefits of its controversial nuclear program.

19th January 2015 -

DefCon 3

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen on the future of US-Iran nuclear negotiations.

19th January 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Argentine Prosecutor Found Dead, Fought Iran-Backed Terror Around World

Thomas Joscelyn

Alberto Nisman, the special prosecutor who had been investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center (the AMIA building) in Argentina, has been found dead in his Buenos Aires apartment. Nisman was famous in intelligence and law enforcement circles for amassing evidence that...

19th January 2015 - CNN

Erin Burnett OutFront

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the circumstances surrounding the death of Alberto Nisman.

19th January 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior Qods Force General Killed in Suspected Israeli Airstrike

Ali Alfoneh, Bill Roggio

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps confirmed that Brigadier General Mohammad Ali Allah-Dadi was killed in an airstrike in Syria. He was assigned to help Hezbollah and Syria battle jihadist groups.

18th January 2015 - Long War Journal

Hezbollah commanders killed in suspected Israeli airstrike

Bill Roggio

Hezbollah announced the death of six of its commanders and fighters, including the son of its slain former military chief Imad Mughniyah, in what is believed to be an Israeli airstrike in southern Syria.

18th January 2015 - Mentioned by The Tower

Israeli Strike in Syria Hits Convoy, Killing Hezbollah Commander

Tony Badran

Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander and son of notorious terrorist Imad Mughniyeh, was killed along with at least nine others today in Israeli airstrikes against a convoy in the Syrian section of the Golan Heights.

16th January 2015 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - Christian Science Monitor

Obama Warns Congress Against New Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

In a joint press conference with the president Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed he has taken the unusual step of contacting several US senators since arriving in Washington to underscore the threat he believes new sanctions now would pose.

16th January 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Executive Director to Testify Before Congress Tuesday on Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, will testify before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Tuesday morning on “Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions.”

16th January 2015 - PJ Media

The Citizen’s Guide to Regime Change

Michael Ledeen

All of a sudden, it’s OK to talk seriously about regime change in Iran and even elsewhere. It had been a taboo subject since the final years of the G.W. Bush administration, aside from yours truly, a few friends such as Bill Kristol and Bob Kagan, and the Washington Post editors, who...

16th January 2015 - Quoted by Carol E. Lee, Jay Solomon, Michael R. Crittenden - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Sets Fight Over Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama vowed to veto any legislation approving new economic sanctions against Iran, placing him on a collision course with the Republican-controlled Congress as U.S. diplomats seek to secure a deal curtailing Tehran’s nuclear program by July.

15th January 2015 - Business Insider

Hezbollah, Iran, And The Assad Regime Are Trying To Cash In On The Paris Attacks

Tony Badran

France’s pain is an opportunity for others to gain.

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