Analysis & Commentary


1st November 2013 - National Interest

Is Turkey Abetting Iran?

Jonathan Schanzer

David Ignatius of the Washington Post dropped a bomb earlier this month, citing unnamed sources claiming Turkey “disclosed to Iranian intelligence the identities of up to ten Iranians who had been meeting inside Turkey with their Mossad case officers.”

31st October 2013 - Standpoint

Netanyahu, Syria and the Spanish Civil War

Emanuele Ottolenghi

While waiting to hear Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's much anticipated UN speech in September, I read a brilliant essay, "Islamists Assemble", by Michael Weiss on the news website Now Lebanon.

31st October 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

Fighting along the Gaza border and Hamas looking for new donors.

30th October 2013 - CIted by The Tower

Religious Freedom Watchdog: Iran Lashing Sentences “Effectively Criminalize” Practicing Christianity

Benjamin Weinthal

In 2010 the State Department documented a range of Iranian government abuses against Christians. Between June 2008 and 2010 “115 Christians were...

29th October 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

It's Not Just About Syria. The Saudis Are Direct Targets of Iranian Operations

29th October 2013 - The Huffington Post

It’s Not Just About Syria. The Saudis Are Direct Targets of Iranian Operations

Michael Ledeen

There is no reason to be surprised at the Saudis' dramatic dissing of the United States in recent days and weeks. And it's not just because the United States...

29th October 2013 - VOA News

Saudi-US Rift Causes Severe Diplomatic Strain

Clifford D. May

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and the United States are causing a severe strain on what has been a rock-solid relationship. Saudi officials are expressing...

28th October 2013 - National Review Online

Negotiating with Iran Without Leverage

Benjamin Weinthal

The Obama administration has urged Congress to take a sanctions timeout to see if progress can be made in reaching an agreement with Iran over its nuclear...

27th October 2013 - Fox News

Iran Gives Christians 80 Lashes for Communion Wine as UN Blasts Human Rights Record

Benjamin Weinthal

Four Iranian Christians were reportedly sentenced to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion, a shocking punishment meted out even as a new United...

27th October 2013 - Real Clear World

About That Medicine Shortage in Iran…

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran wants the West to believe that a sanctions-induced medicine shortage is causing the death of thousands of Iranian citizens, and they're using Western...

25th October 2013 - National Review Online

Iran’s Continued War on Christians

Benjamin Weinthal

The Islamic Republic of Iran sentenced four Iranian Christians to 80 lashes for drinking wine for communion. Fox News in a broadcast today explored the rise of...

25th October 2013 - Cited by Daniel Wiser, Washington Free Beacon

Experts: Election of Hassan Rowhani Causing Split Over Iran Foreign Policy

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Experts said Thursday that the recent election of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has reopened a fissure within the Iranian regime over its foreign policy...

25th October 2013 - WAVA - Washington DC

The Don Krough Show

Clifford D. May

Saudi Arabia's distress following the Obama Administration's outreach to Iran.

24th October 2013 - National Post

Turkey — Friend or Foe?

Sheryl Saperia

Is it time for Canada to designate Turkey as a state sponsor of terror? The question may strike some as surprising. After all, Turkey is a member of NATO...

24th October 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Iran Through Saudi Eyes

Clifford D. May

The Saudis have a point. Those words do not flow easily from my pen. For more than three decades, the Arabian royals have spent billions of petro-dollars...

24th October 2013 - Commentary

The Bizarro Doctrine

Jonathan Schanzer

American foreign policy in the Middle East has now entered Bizarro World–a place made humorously famous by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, describing a parallel...

23rd October 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Reports: U.S. Cancels Drone Sales to Turkey Over Intel Disclosure to Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

The United States has reportedly cancelled the delivery of 10 unmanned Predator drones to Turkey following Ankara’s disclosure of several Israeli intelligence...

23rd October 2013 - National Review Online

U.S. Pastor Protests in Iran for Release of Christians

Benjamin Weinthal

While Iran apologists in the U.S and Europe continue to praise the Islamic Republic’s “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani, a retired California pastor...

23rd October 2013 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer, VOA News

Hamas Moves to Improve Ties With Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

The Palestinian militant group Hamas is showing signs of strain. Hamas which has dominated the Gaza Strip since it defeated its rival, Fatah in a bitter 2007 conflict...

23rd October 2013 - Quoted by Ana Maria Luca, NOW

The Aftershocks of Reconciliation

Jonathan Schanzer

Reconciliation was not a word policy-makers would have used to describe the relationship between Washington and Tehran six months ago. Hostility had...

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