Analysis & Commentary


11th January 2018 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Trump’s Policy Should Focus on Iran’s People, Not Its Centrifuges

Richard Goldberg

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, like others in Western Europe, is worried once again that President Donald Trump will blow up the Iran nuclear deal.

10th January 2018 - The Washington Times

Europe’s Silence

Clifford D. May

It’s tempting to say that Europe’s leaders lack the courage of their convictions. But that would imply that they have convictions. The evidence suggests those days are gone.

9th January 2018 - Politico

On Iran, Trump Should Be Like Reagan

Richard Goldberg

In just three days, President Donald Trump must once again decide what to do about the much-debated Iran nuclear deal.

8th January 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

German Politician Files Criminal Complaint Against Iranian Ayatollah for Mass Murder

Benjamin Weinthal

Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, considered to be a successor to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, faces protests and possible criminal prosecutions in Germany for his widespread executions of Iranians, which took place while he was the country’s justice minister.

7th January 2018 - Fox News

Germany urged to abandon its support of Iran’s mullah regime

Benjamin Weinthal

While tens of thousands of Iranians have taken to the streets in protest, the German government is taking heat for what some are calling its pro-regime policy in Iran, and its decision to allow sanctuary and medical treatment for an alleged mass murderer from the Islamic Republic.

4th January 2018 - The Hill Times

How Canada should respond to the Iranian protests

Sheryl Saperia

Hundreds of thousands of Iranians are protesting in cities across the country. At the time of writing, Iranian security forces have killed at least 21 protesters, and hundreds have been arrested.

4th January 2018 - The Atlantic

The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History

Jonathan Schanzer

Yesterday, Turkish banker Mehmet Hakan Atilla was found guilty in a Manhattan courtroom for a range of financial crimes.

4th January 2018 - The Wall Street Journal

The Secular Republic of Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Coverage of the recent tumult in the Islamic Republic of Iran has focused on how economic frustration is affecting the country’s politics.

4th January 2018 - The Weekly Standard

The Crack-up of Theocracy

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It is odd to hear Westerners, hopelessly permeated with Marxism, dissect the nationwide Iranian protests as primarily an economic eruption, the suggestion being that the demonstrators are not that dyspeptic about the nature of the Islamic Republic.

1st January 2018 - Quoted by Voice of America

LIVE BLOG: Iranians Take to the Streets in Massive Protests

Behnam Ben Taleblu

A university student attends a protest inside Tehran University while a smoke grenade is thrown by anti-riot Iranian police, in Tehran, Iran

28th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Top Iraqi-Shiite cleric endorses incorporation of PMF into the state

Amir Toumaj

Iraqi-Shiite Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani announced his support of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) and "requested that all weapons come under government's control."

22nd December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

David Asher

FDD's David Asher discusses the derailment of Project Cassandra on The John Batchelor Show.

22nd December 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Tehran Upholds Death Sentence Against Iranian Academic

Tzvi Kahn

A group of United Nations human rights experts on Wednesday called on Iran to annul its death sentence against a leading Iranian academic, citing major failures of due process during his trial. The case of Ahmadreza Djalali, an Iranian national and a Swedish permanent resident, joins a long...

22nd December 2017 - The Hill

Get tough on Hezbollah, fix Obama’s mistake: Revive Project Cassandra

Emanuele Ottolenghi

One of the DEA's most successful strategies to combat the illicit drug trafficking of Hezbollah and its networks was Project Cassandra. A recent bombshell report revealed that the Obama Administration prevented these efforts from maturing in order to appease Iran into the Joint Comprehensive...

22nd December 2017 - Foreign Policy

Iran’s North Korean Playbook to Protect Its Nuclear Program

John Hannah

Anyone watching the systematic consolidation of North Korea’s nuclear weapons capability over the past decade can’t help but worry about the parallels with Iran.

21st December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the recent missile launched into Saudi Arabia by the Houthis on The John Batchelor Show.

20th December 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran's Houthi proxy on The John Batchelor Show.

19th December 2017 - i24 News

The Rundown

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses Iranian attempts to evade US sanctions on i24's The Rundown.

19th December 2017 - Quoted by Ben Evansky - Fox News

Haley: New UN resolution punishing Iran could be in the works

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Nikki Haley, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, said that based on a new report by the U.N. Secretary General, new pressure on Iran’s continued behavior could lead to a new resolution against the Tehran regime or the strengthening present ones.

19th December 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

Podcast: Hezbollah’s Narco-Terror Nexus in Latin America

Bill Roggio, Thomas Joscelyn

Iranian-backed Hezbollah is leveraging its growing global network to launder huge amounts of money, traffic weapons, and engage in a long list of illicit activities that are increasingly overlapping with the work of Latin American narcos.

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