Analysis & Commentary


2nd April 2014 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Parisa Hafezi, Reuters

Iran, Russia Working to Seal $20 Billion Oil-for-Goods Deal: Sources

Mark Dubowitz

Iran and Russia have made progress towards an oil-for-goods deal sources said would be worth up to $20 billion, which would enable Tehran to boost vital....

1st April 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

UN Report Assails Iran for Persecution of Religious Minorities

Benjamin Weinthal

Despite the election last year of Iran’s reform-minded president Hassan Rouhani, there has been no Persian thaw for Iran’s struggling religious minorities. Wide-scale...

1st April 2014 - The Washington Times

How the U.S. Put Latin America Up for Grabs

Clifford D. May

I’m not about to pretend that spending a few days in this rather funky little surfing village on the Pacific has given me great insights into Latin America’s current political...

31st March 2014 - Foreign Policy

Turkey’s Teflon Don

Jonathan Schanzer, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan triumphantly addressed thousands of supporters last night from the balcony of his party's headquarters in the...

31st March 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

“Resistance Economy” Regains Resonance in Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s top clerics have recently been busy urging the embrace of something called a “resistance economy” from the pulpit. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei...

31st March 2014 - Quoted by Colby Adams, MoneyLaundering.com

Georgia Bank with Ties to Alleged Sanctions Busters Changes Ownership Again

Emanuele Ottolenghi

A Georgian bank recently investigated by U.S. officials for alleged sanctions busting is under new ownership for the second time in a year, documents show.

28th March 2014 - 850 KOA - Colorado

The Mike Rosen Show

Claudia Rosett

FDD's Claudia Rosett on "College Campus Gives Iran Nuke Thug Hero's Welcome."

27th March 2014 - PJ Media

Those Hilarious Jokers in Tehran Obama Wants to Befriend

Michael Ledeen

Who says the Iranian regime is run by dour old men with no sense of humor? Wrong! Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has just written a screamingly funny letter (dated March 26th)...

26th March 2014 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Alex Lawler, Reuters

Iran Heads for 5th Month of Oil Exports Above Sanctions Limit

Timothy Wilson

Iran's oil exports have stayed above levels allowed under Western sanctions for a fifth month, according to sources who track tanker

26th March 2014 - Standpoint

Not-So-Revolutionary Rouhani

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since Hassan Rouhani became Iran’s president, he has been on a charm offensive designed to persuade the international community that

26th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Al Qaeda Spokesman Convicted on Terrorism Charges

Thomas Joscelyn

Osama bin Laden's son-in-law and spokesman after the 9/11 attacks, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, has been convicted on terrorism charges by

25th March 2014 - Forbes

Switzerland Is Open To Iranian Business

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

During his recent appearance before the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Iran’s president, Hassan Rouhani said that Iran is “ready to welcome...

25th March 2014 - The Long War Journal

Report: Former Head of al Qaeda’s Network in Iran Now Operates in Syria

Thomas Joscelyn

Muhsin al Fadhli, a senior al Qaeda leader who once headed the organization's network in Iran, relocated to Syria in mid-2013, according to a report in...

25th March 2014 - The Washington Times

The Power-Hungry vs. the War-Weary

Clifford D. May

Russia’s Vladimir Putin, seething over the collapse of the Soviet Empire, wants to become the hegemon of Eurasia — at least. Iran’s Ali Khamenei, outraged...

24th March 2014 - Quoted by Tim Starks, CQ Roll Call

Iran: Red Lines, Gray Areas

Mark Dubowitz

Barack Obama won election to the nation’s highest office under the slogan “Yes we can!” But when it comes to perhaps the boldest foreign policy gamble of his presidency...

24th March 2014 - VOA News

Iran’s Ties to al-Qaida Pose Nagging Questions

Jonathan Schanzer

As the U.S. and the West continue negotiations with Iran over its controversial nuclear program, the specter of Iran's ties to terrorism - and specifically al-Qaida - lingers...

22nd March 2014 - Quoted by Zuber Hewrami, Rudaw

Iran at the Center of Gulf Cooperation Council Divisions

David Andrew Weinberg

Earlier this month Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced in a joint statement that they have withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar.

21st March 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Claudia Rosett

The Iran Nuclear talks in Vienna.

21st March 2014 - Quoted by Carlo Davis, The New Republic

Russia Threatened to Nix the Iran Talks. Does It Really Have That Power?

Mark Dubowitz

A day after slapping travel bans on John McCain, Mary Landrieu, and John Boehner, Russia’s Vladimir Putin called today for a temporary halt in his tit-for-tat...

21st March 2014 - Fox News

UN Report Blasts Iran for Persecution of Christians, Other Religious Minorities

Benjamin Weinthal

The election last year of self-professed moderate President Hassan Rouhani has not brought Iran's Christians any relief, according to a

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