Analysis & Commentary


13th November 2014 - Quoted by Ben Jacobs - The Daily Beast

McCain Helps a Business Partner of Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

Sen. John McCain, who once joked about bombing Iran, is now pushing for a bill that would benefit a company that’s in business with the Iranian government.

13th November 2014 - VOA Persian

VOA News

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the letter President Obama sent to Ayatollah Khamenei.

12th November 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iranian Negotiator: U.S. Must Bow to Our ‘Inalienable Nuclear Rights’

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks said this week that the United States must bow to Iran’s “inalienable nuclear rights” and hinted that Western countries are being fooled about the extent of concessions being made by Tehran in talks, according to regional...

12th November 2014 - Quoted by David Conti - The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Iran-United States Relationship Remains Virtually Frozen

Ali Alfoneh

Back-channel diplomacy, letters to the Ayatollah and even a trip to Pittsburgh by a deputy cultural minister might signal to some a warming of U.S.-Iran relations.

12th November 2014 - Quoted by Joel Pollak - Breitbart

Iran Expert: Congress Can Defend Iran Sanctions From Obama

Mark Dubowitz

In a conference call with reporters Wednesday morning, Mark Dubowitz, an Iran expert and executive director of the nonpartisan Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said that Congress has tools at its disposal to resist efforts by the Obama administration to circumvent the legislature and...

12th November 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Escapes Isolation; Obama Frantic for a Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Just when you think things can’t get any worse in the P5+1 talks, along comes this news.

12th November 2014 - The Washington Times

Iran Through Rose-Colored Glasses

Clifford D. May

“The revolution is over.” When journalists at The Economist, one of the world’s most influential publications, run that headline on a cover story, “a special report” on the “new Iran,” you assume they have solid evidence to support their thesis.

12th November 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Diplomatic Path to the Bomb

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Let’s assume the Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna fail to conclude a final agreement by Nov. 24, the already extended deadline under the interim Joint Plan of Action signed in January.

11th November 2014 - Cited by the Tower

Sanctions Expert: Iran Cheats “Incrementally” to “Eat Up Time” and Avoid Consequences

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

For an op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal, Bret Stephens interviewed Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, on Iran’s strategy for evading the consequences of violating its nuclear agreements.

11th November 2014 - WRC - Washington, DC

Andy Parks Live from the Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses his latest column for the Washington Times, "The Islamic Republic Conquers the Economist."

11th November 2014 - Quoted by Terry Atlas and Indira A.R. Lakshmanan

Netanyahu Seeks More Iran Sanctions Over a Bad Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that Israel won’t rush to attack Iran if the international negotiations to curtail the country’s nuclear program don’t reach a deal by a Nov. 24 deadline.

11th November 2014 - Quoted by Michael Crowley and Burgess Everett - Politico

Preemptive Strike

Mark Dubowitz

Two weeks before a crucial diplomatic deadline, newly victorious Republicans in Congress are plotting to derail one of Barack Obama’s few remaining chances for a second-term policy legacy: a nuclear deal with Iran.

10th November 2014 - The Long War Journal

Austria’s Radical Islam Problem

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin -- The small Central European country of Austria has recently made headlines because of its jihadi teenagers who have gone to fight in Syria.

10th November 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Arab Revolts, New Iranian Leader Fail to Bring Israel-Style Rights for LGBTs

Benjamin Weinthal

Perhaps the most neglected major news story unfolding in the Middle East is the systematic repression of the region’s LGBT community.

10th November 2014 - Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

If Iran Says ‘Yes’

Mark Dubowitz

I am on record predicting that a nuclear deal with Iran will founder on the opposition of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei.

10th November 2014 - AFR - Syndicated

Sandy Rios in the Morning

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses the potential consequences of President Obama's Iran strategy.

7th November 2014 - Forbes

Iran Nuclear Talks and North Korean Flashbacks

Claudia Rosett

With the Iran nuclear talks nearing a Nov. 24 deadline for a deal, U.S. chief negotiator Wendy Sherman is under pressure to bring almost a year of bargaining to fruition.

7th November 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Obama’s Weak Diplomacy with Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee published an important scoop yesterday. President Obama “secretly wrote to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the middle of last month and described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and...

6th November 2014 - Cited by Arash Karami - Al-Monitor

Some in Iran Worry Republican Victory Could Derail Talks

Mark Dubowitz

In the midterm elections Nov. 4, Republicans took back control of the Senate from the Democrats, giving them full control of Congress with just two years left in office for President Barack Obama.

6th November 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Quietly Fearful of Republican Takeover of Congress

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian leaders are quietly expressing fear about the Republican takeover of Congress Tuesday night, with many conveying concerns that Tehran has lost a key bloc of U.S. Democrats who wanted to roll back economic sanctions and hand Iran a favorable nuclear deal, according to an internal CIA...

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