Analysis & Commentary


24th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Speech Ups the Nuclear Ante

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei set new “red lines” to nuclear negotiations on Tuesday, undercutting many of the principles his representatives had already reached with international negotiators. Khamenei’s latest remarks – broadcast live on state television – cast serious...

24th June 2015 - Quoted Matthew Philips - Bloomberg

How Iranian Oil Tankers Keep Syria’s War Machine Alive

Mark Dubowitz

It’s no secret that Iran provides critical support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The trouble comes in trying to figure out how much Iran spends and what that support actually looks like.

24th June 2015 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Obama Gains Leeway to Extend Iran Talks If Deadline’s Missed

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama has growing political leeway to extend the Iran nuclear negotiations if there’s no deal by the June 30 deadline set seven months ago.

23rd June 2015 - FOX Business

The Intelligence Report with Trish Regan

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses the rising threat of Russia and approaching deadline for an Iran nuclear deal.

23rd June 2015 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran Nuclear Deal Clouded by Long Record of Deception

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s long record of hiding its nuclear and military programs from outside inspectors is coming under fresh scrutiny as the U.S. and other world powers race to meet a June 30 deadline for a final deal to curb Tehran’s program and open its nuclear sites to closer international...

21st June 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats, Republicans, Neutral Experts Reject Iran Sellout

Mark Dubowitz

Four new, deeply troubling reports suggest Congress, if it is serious about stopping Iran’s nuclear program, will have to reject the final deal P5+1 deal in the works.

20th June 2015 - Kayhan TV

Lessons from Rafsanjani’s Memoirs

Ali Alfoneh

FDD senior fellow Ali Alfoneh comments on the lessons from Rafsanjani's memoirs.

20th June 2015 - 710 KNUS

The Craig Silverman Show

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey comments on his career and the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

19th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Sunsets and Snapbacks

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Under the emerging Iran nuclear agreement, there is an inherent asymmetry between an expanding Iranian nuclear program and diminishing economic leverage.

19th June 2015 - The Arab Weekly

The IRGC v Rohani: Spy v Spy

Ali Alfoneh

While the United States has pinned its hopes for a ne­gotiated solution to the dispute over Tehran’s nuclear programme on Iranian President Hassan Rohani’s government, the “shadow govern­ment” run by the Islamic Revo­lutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) is actively undermining his...

18th June 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Critics Question Whether White House “Czar” Could Ensure Effective Iran Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama is considering appointing a “czar” to oversee an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, Politico reported Wednesday. But some critics are questioning whether such an appointment will be able to ensure that a nuclear deal would be effective.

17th June 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

U.S. May Name ‘Czar’ for Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is considering appointing a “czar”-like official to oversee the enforcement of a nuclear deal with Iran, one of several options it is weighing to ensure the still-unfinished accord doesn’t unravel, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

17th June 2015 - BBC

BBC World News

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses Iran's presence in Iraq.

17th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Learning from Rafsanjani’s Memoirs

Ali Alfoneh

Secretary of State John Kerry broke with years of U.S. and international policy on Tuesday, indicating that revealing past details of possible military dimensions (PMD) to Iran’s nuclear program would be unnecessary to secure a final deal with Tehran.

17th June 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

John Kerry’s Ludicrous Statements on Iran and Syria

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State John Kerry in a briefing Tuesday made a jaw-dropping comment regarding the knotty issue of Iran’s past disclosure of the possible military dimensions (PMDs) of its program. This is essential if inspectors are going to know where to look for violations. He declared that...

17th June 2015 - The Washington Times

The Road to ‘Entropy on a Scale Not Seen in Centuries’

Clifford D. May

Lt. Gen Michael T. Flynn (ret.) served 33 years in the U.S. Army. Being named President Obama’s director of the Defense Intelligence Agency in 2012 was the culmination of his career. He thought his job was to relate facts, not fables. It soon became clear that his superiors didn’t agree....

17th June 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

Opinion Journal

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah provides an update on the U.S.- Iran nuclear negotiations in advance of the June 30 deadline.

16th June 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Repression of Christians in Rouhani’s Iran Raises Concerns About Nuke Deal Credibility

Benjamin Weinthal

The continuing repression of Christians and other religious minorities in Iran raises questions about President Hassan Rouhani’s inclination to adhere to any nuclear deal his country might sign, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote Sunday...

16th June 2015 - Sirius XM

The Morning Briefing with Tim Farley

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran.

16th June 2015 - Iran-e-Farda TV

The Revolutionary Guards’ Role in Iran’s Economy

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh comments on the IRGC's economic strength.

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