Analysis & Commentary


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.

7th October 2014 - VOA Persian

VOA Persian News

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh participates in a debate about Rafsanjani and the turbulent relationship between revolutionary governments.

7th October 2014 - The Jewish Chronicle

Soon, Only Obstacle to an Iranian Bomb Will Be the Israeli Air Force

Emanuele Ottolenghi

As the November 24 deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran approaches, there is no sign of an agreement.

7th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Sanctions Relief Backfires, Benefitting the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

Sanctions relief, according to the White House and supporters of the current negotiating strategy with Iran, empowers the pragmatic and allegedly moderate camp in Tehran, which in turn paves the path for a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.

6th October 2014 - Cited by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Explosion at Iran Nuke Site Kills Two, Iran Says

A large explosion near a suspected nuclear site in Iran has reportedly killed two people and prompted speculation of sabotage at a military site long suspected of housing Tehran’s clandestine nuclear activities, according Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO), which operates under...

4th October 2014 - Quoted by Eric R. Mandel - The Jerusalem Post

US-Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Ayatollah Khamenei believes that Iran has improved its negotiating position relative to the US because of their shared interest in defeating Islamic State (IS).

2nd October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Propaganda Focuses on Iranian Influence in Lebanon, Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front continues to use its Lebanese hostages in its propaganda campaign against Iran and Hezbollah.

2nd October 2014 - Now Media

Co-Opting the Rhetoric on ISIS

Tony Badran

Israel and Saudi Arabia have little choice but to get on board with White House plans in Iraq and Syria, but under the Islamic State veneer is a common pressing concern: Iran

1st October 2014 - The Washington Times

Iran Rising

Clifford D. May

In his address to the UN General Assembly last week, President Obama called the conflict in the Middle East “a fight no one is winning.” I think the evidence suggests he’s wrong. I think Iran is making significant gains.

1st October 2014 - Syndicated

The Mark Levin Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen on the danger of a potential US alliance with Iran.

1st October 2014 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

US Talk of Thawing Iran Relations Highlights Rift with Israel

Mark Dubowitz

Obama administration officials and Iran skeptics, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are presenting starkly different outlooks of what the world would look like should negotiators meet a Nov. 24 deadline and strike a nuclear deal.

30th September 2014 - WRC, Washington, D.C.

Andy Parks Show Live from Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his latest column: "Iran Rising."

30th September 2014

TRANSCRIPT: Are We Heading Towards a Bad Deal with Iran?

Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Bipartisan Policy Center, and Foreign Policy Initiative Hold Forum on Iran's Nuclear Program

30th September 2014 - Gooya News

Pressure On the IRGC Increases the Chance of a Nuclear Agreement

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

پيام غرب به ايران بايد واضح باشد: مذاکره به قصد مذاکره منجر به کنار گذاشتن تحريم‌ها نمی‌شود. تحريم امپراتوری اقتصادی سپاه، توافق موقت با ايران را نقض نمی‌کند،...

29th September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer shares his reaction to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech at the UN.

29th September 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Barbarism of Iranian Militias Based in Iraq, Syria Being Seriously Overlooked

Benjamin Weinthal

The US’s deadly strike on the al-Qaida-linked Khorasan group leader Mohsin al-Fadhli shone a spotlight on Iran’s nefarious activities in Syria and Iraq.

29th September 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Nusrah Front Leader Says Americans and Europeans Will Pay the ‘Tax’ of War

Thomas Joscelyn

Abu Muhammad al Julani seeks to undermine public support for air strikes in Syria by arguing that citizens in the West, and not just their rulers, will pay the price for the war. Julani also discusses Al Nusrah's fight against Hezbollah and urges jihadists not to join the West in the fight...

29th September 2014 - Cited by Rebeccah Henrichs - AL.com

A Renewed Call for Homeland Missile Defense: Guest Opinion

Behnam Ben Taleblu

When the GMD interceptor (stands for Ground-based Midcourse Defense) destroyed a target ballistic missile above the earth's atmosphere in June, it proved once again, as it has on eight other occasions, that hit-to-kill technology works, and is worth the investment.

29th September 2014 - AM 1070, Houston, TX

Sam Malone Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May on Iran's contributions to instability in the Middle East.

28th September 2014 - Cited by The Wall Street Journal

Iran Makes the Rules

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama sucked up most of the media oxygen at the United Nations last week with his call for collective action against the Islamic State and other jihadists. But if anyone made real news from the General Assembly's green-marble podium, it was Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. The...

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