Analysis & Commentary


21st October 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama Might Try To Circumvent Congress On An Iran Deal — And He’s Already Getting An Earful

Mark Dubowitz

Anonymous Obama administration officials suggested that US President Barack Obama might try to circumvent Congress on approval of any deal with Iran on its nuclear program, prompting bipartisan backlash from members of Congress and from pundits.

20th October 2014 - The Hill

The Obama-Khamenei Alliance

Michael Ledeen

Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot.

20th October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Are EU Sanctions Against Iran Beginning to Evaporate?

Benjamin Weinthal

The first Europe-Iran Forum, which took place on Wednesday and Thursday in London, stated its goal as “preparing post-sanctions investment and trade.”

20th October 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen reflects on "the myth of Rouhani" as a great reformer.

19th October 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Chasing a Bad Deal With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Reporting on the “P5+1″ talks over the last month or so suggests the administration is trying one gambit after another in a desperate attempt to strike a deal by the Nov. 24 deadline, which was extended from July 20.

16th October 2014 - AM 560 - Chicago, IL

John Howell and Amy Jacobson

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on US missteps during the Iran nuclear talks.

16th October 2014 - Now Media

Iran’s Aggressive Information Campaign

Tony Badran

The Islamic Republic of Iran is managing an aggressive information campaign capitalizing on President Obama’s war against the Islamic State group (ISIS).

15th October 2014 - The Montreal Gazette

Canada Should Think Twice Before Re-Engaging With Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Sheryl Saperia

In a recent op-ed, Sergio Marchi and Ken Lewis assert that Canadian government and industry should be preparing to re-engage with Iran. Iran’s economic landscape, they suggest, requires significant foreign investment, and Canada should oblige (“Iran wants to re-engage, Canada should...

15th October 2014 - Cited by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Why It Doesn’t Really Matter That So Many Iranian Leaders Have Been Educated In The US

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Yesterday, Reza Aslan, a creative writing professor at the University of California at Riverside and widely respected public commentator on religious affairs, tweeted that "Iran currently has the highest number of US college alums serving in any foreign government cabinet in the world," and...

15th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-China-Russia Triangle

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A wave of U.S. and EU financial sanctions aimed at Russia following its annexation of Crimea in the summer of 2014 have brought Russia and Iran closer. However, Russia is not the only economy that Iran is sounding out for closer ties.

14th October 2014 - The Hill

What We Don’t Know, and Why

Michael Ledeen

There's a lot we don't know, but ignorance is no obstacle to strong convictions. Ignorance comes to us easily, in part because lots of things are unknowable, in part because we're lazy and it's so much easier to avoid the hard labor of thinking and in part because some information is very...

14th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Abdullah Azzam Brigades Leader Calls on Lebanese People to Attack Hezbollah

Thomas Joscelyn

Abdullah Azzam Brigades leader Sirajeddine Zurayqat has called on Sunnis in Lebanon to fight against Hezbollah. Zurayqat's call to arms was posted on his official Twitter account. His anti-Iran, anti-Hezbollah messaging is consistent with the Al Nusrah Front's propaganda campaign.

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Iran’s Message to World: You Need Us to Fight Islamists

Ali Alfoneh

In the fight against Islamic extremists, the commander of Iran’s secretive special forces is turning into an unlikely celebrity.

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran Executions Surge Amid U.S. Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s abuse of human rights, including the hangings of hundreds of dubiously convicted citizens — in several cases minors — has soared over the past year, even as the Obama administration has yielded to Tehran’s demand for an extension in precarious international talks over the...

13th October 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses renewed Iran nuclear talks.

12th October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: If Iran Can’t Hold Human Rights Pledges, How Can it Abide by Nuke Deal?

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN - The award of this week’s Nobel Peace Prize to Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai refocused attention on Iran’s gutting of human rights and its link to a nuclear agreement.

12th October 2014 - Quoted by Sohrab Ahmari - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Gears Up to Open for Business

Next month marks the anniversary of the Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear-weapons program.

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Lebanese Soldier Defects to al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has announced that a Lebanese soldier, Mohammed Antar, has defected to the jihadist group. Al Nusrah has released a photo and video of Antar, which are part of the organization's ongoing propaganda campaign against Iran, Hezbollah, and the Lebanese government.

10th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Expanding Nuclear Redlines

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is at it again.

10th October 2014 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Did Israel Sabotage Iran’s Illicit Nuclear Facilities at Parchin?

Tony Badran

Experts continue to debate whether the explosion at an Iranian military base at Parchin earlier in the week was an act of sabotage.

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