Analysis & Commentary


14th October 2014 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Iran’s Message to World: You Need Us to Fight Islamists

Ali Alfoneh

In the fight against Islamic extremists, the commander of Iran’s secretive special forces is turning into an unlikely celebrity.

14th October 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Iran Executions Surge Amid U.S. Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s abuse of human rights, including the hangings of hundreds of dubiously convicted citizens — in several cases minors — has soared over the past year, even as the Obama administration has yielded to Tehran’s demand for an extension in precarious international talks over the...

13th October 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses renewed Iran nuclear talks.

12th October 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: If Iran Can’t Hold Human Rights Pledges, How Can it Abide by Nuke Deal?

Benjamin Weinthal

BERLIN - The award of this week’s Nobel Peace Prize to Taliban victim Malala Yousafzai refocused attention on Iran’s gutting of human rights and its link to a nuclear agreement.

12th October 2014 - Quoted by Sohrab Ahmari - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Gears Up to Open for Business

Next month marks the anniversary of the Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear-weapons program.

11th October 2014 - The Long War Journal

Lebanese Soldier Defects to al Qaeda’s Syrian Branch

Thomas Joscelyn

The Al Nusrah Front has announced that a Lebanese soldier, Mohammed Antar, has defected to the jihadist group. Al Nusrah has released a photo and video of Antar, which are part of the organization's ongoing propaganda campaign against Iran, Hezbollah, and the Lebanese government.

10th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei’s Expanding Nuclear Redlines

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei is at it again.

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

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