Analysis & Commentary


31st August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: European Tech Trade Will Help Iranian Regime Oppress Its Citizens

Benjamin Weinthal

Increased European tech exports to Iran will allow Tehran to more easily oppress its citizens, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an analysis published Sunday in The Jerusalem Post.

31st August 2015 - Forbes

Nuclear Fiascoes: From Diplomatic Failure With North Korea To Debacle With Iran

Claudia Rosett

With Congress due to vote by Sept. 17 on the Iran nuclear deal, there’s a warning worth revisiting. It goes like this: The president is pushing a historic nuclear agreement, saying it will stop a terror-sponsoring tyranny from getting nuclear weapons. And up pipes the democratically...

31st August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi King’s Visit Offers Chance to Reset Relations

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama is set to host Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the White House on Friday for the king’s first visit since ascending to the throne in January. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest has indicated that the meeting will focus on bilateral ties, joint...

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Saudi King Wants Obama to Tackle Iranian ‘Mischief’

David Andrew Weinberg

The new Saudi king will use his first official visit to the White House this week to make clear that his country’s lukewarm support for the nuclear deal with Iran comes with strings attached.

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan - Politico

Bust: Iran Opponents’ August Fail

Mark Dubowitz

Critics of the Iran deal believed the August congressional recess was their best chance to scuttle the nuclear accord, as wavering lawmakers returned home to angry protesters and a barrage of TV ads. The longer the deal hung out there, they figured, the worse it would be for President Barack...

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Sahil Kapur - Bloomberg

Sorry, Hawks: Democrats Won’t Pay a Political Price For Iran Filibuster

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have all but accepted they cannot block the accord, as a growing number of congressional Democrats signal they'll supply the votes to sustain President Barack Obama's veto of a planned resolution of disapproval.

30th August 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Unrestricted Europe-Iran Trade Will Help Empower Regime’s Oppression of Citizens

Benjamin Weinthal

The pernicious European companies selling technology to the Islamic Republic are already well known: They range from widespread surveillance of Iranians to the transfer of dual-use equipment that can be used for torture, killing and the construction of nuclear weapons.

30th August 2015 - The Independent

When EU Companies Work With Iran, They Run the Risk of Providing the Tools for Oppression

Benjamin Weinthal

The UK along with the other world powers reached agreement last month with Iran to curb elements of its nuclear programme. With the gold rush mentality infecting Germany, Italy, Austria, France and Switzerland to secure billion dollar deals, their investments are far from risk-free and may...

28th August 2015 - Israeli Cultural Connection

What’s the Deal with the Iran Deal?

Ali Alfoneh

On August 25th the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto held a panel discussion surrounding the controversial Iran Nuclear Deal. panelists included Abbas Milani, Abraham D. Sofaer, David Holloway, Ali Alfoneh and moderator Michael Krasny. The event was coordinated by the Israeli Cultural...

28th August 2015 - Standpoint

This Deal Is No Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna in July will not prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. All it will do is postpone Iran getting the bomb. In exchange for Tehran’s acquiescence, the deal legitimises Iran’s nuclear achievements and strengthens its regime.

28th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Interviewing Scientists is Key to Iran’s PMD

Amir Toumaj

A fatal flaw of last month’s Iran nuclear deal is its failure to account for possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Tehran’s previous nuclear work. That failure could be rectified, at least in part, by demanding that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) be allowed to interview...

28th August 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Foes Try New Ways To Attack Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Capitol Hill opponents of the landmark Iranian nuclear accord are devising a Plan B to ratchet up pressure on Iran as President Barack Obama moves closer to locking up the support needed to implement the deal.

28th August 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s Impossible Return to the 1990s

Ali Alfoneh

Two men personify the post-revolutionary phase of the Islamic Republic in the 1990s: then-presi­dent Akbar Hashemi Raf­sanjani and Hassan Rohani, his Su­preme National Security Council secretary. Rohani’s electoral vic­tory in 2014 and the rise of Rafsan­jani have revived hopes for...

28th August 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Congressional Fight on Iran Deal Is All But Over

Mark Dubowitz

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in Congress admit they can no longer kill the accord. Their focus now is making sure there will be a vote on the agreement at all, and salvaging some political benefit from their well-funded bid to stop it.

27th August 2015 - The Washington Post

Using Financial Sticks to Control Iran

Juan Zarate, Chip Poncy

As Congress considers the Iranian nuclear deal, it should also prepare a strategy to use U.S. financial and economic power aggressively against a broad array of Iranian threats. If the deal is adopted, the risks from an enriched, emboldened Iran will only grow. These risks should not be...

27th August 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Renews Support For Hamas Terrorists

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s foreign ministry on Wednesday reiterated its support for Hamas and other anti-Israel terrorist groups and said that aiding those who “stand against the Zionist regime is a principle of Iran’s policy.”

26th August 2015 - FDD Press

New Report Outlines Achievable Amendments to Iran Nuclear Deal

In the final weeks before a congressional vote on the nuclear agreement with Iran, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has released a new report analyzing ways to strengthen the agreement. The report, “Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” also provides a historical...

26th August 2015 - FDD Press

Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between the P5+1 and Iran places term-limited constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of many of the most impactful global sanctions.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Haaretz

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Set for Windfall After Infiltrating 230 Sanctions-free Firms

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is set to receive a windfall in funds from the U.S. and U.K. after taking control of hundreds of Iranian businesses that do not appear on sanctions lists, according to The Times.

26th August 2015 - Quoted by Alexi Mostrous, Billy Kenber and Hugh Tomlinson - The Times of London

Iranian Militia to Grab British Cash

Iran’s hardline religious militia is about to receive a rush of funds from Britain and the West after taking control of hundreds of companies that do not appear on sanctions lists.

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