Analysis & Commentary


24th February 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo- Washington Free Beacon

Obama Admin to Waive Counter-Terror Measures to Aid Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration has announced that it will not enforce new counter-terrorism measures passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress because they could harm Iranian business interests, according to new instructions issued by the Department of Homeland Security.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Defense Experts: U.S. Must Block Iran’s Attempts to Upgrade its Cruise Missile Arsenal

Mark Dubowitz

The United States must take steps to neutralize the threat of Iran’s cruise missile program, researchers at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs wrote in The Wall Street Journal Monday.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

GAO points to problems with the Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Government Accountability Office put out a preliminary report on Tuesday on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.

22nd February 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

A fractured Hamas looks to mend ties with Iran

Grant Rumley, Amir Toumaj

A senior Hamas delegation traveled to Tehran last week to attend celebrations marking the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The meeting comes at a tense time in the Hamas-Iran relationship. The group has historically enjoyed Tehran’s generous financial, material and political support, but relations...

22nd February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

The Great Trump Unknown

David Andrew Weinberg, Mark Dubowitz

“Hillary Clinton’s win in Nevada Saturday suggests that in the end Democrats aren’t going to indulge their inner socialist this year. They want to win. Republicans have a last chance to reconsider their Trump embrace, or dive head-first into who-knows-what,” says a Journal editorial....

21st February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

Where Obama Fails on Iran Sanctions, the Gulf States Can Step In

David Andrew Weinberg, Mark Dubowitz

Meaningful new U.S. sanctions on Iran will have to wait for the next administration. President Obama continues to oppose congressional efforts to inflict financial pain on Tehran for its malign activities.

19th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Doubts Arise Whether White House Will Block Iranian Purchases of Russian Fighter Planes

Mark Dubowitz

Although the State Department has said that a proposed arms deal between Russia and Iran would violate a United Nations Security Council ban on weapons transfers to Iran, doubts are emerging whether the Obama administration will actually block the deal, the Washington Free Beacon reported on...

19th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

An Iran test for the administration

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Iran certainly learned from the experience in conducting ballistic missile tests: The United States will do nothing to enforce existing restrictions on Iran, so Tehran is free to push the envelope.

19th February 2016 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses ISIS, Iran, and the failures in Libya.

18th February 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Obama Admin Could Halt New Iran- Russia Weapons Deals

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has the authority to block new multi-billion dollar arms deals between Iran and Russia though the administration is not expected to exercise this authority, which was granted under United Nations Security Council resolutions pertaining to the recently implemented nuclear...

18th February 2016 - The National Interest

Khamenei’s Plan to Manage Iran After His Death

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Last week the powerful Guardian Council—which approves all candidates for Iran’s political institutions—announced which contenders it had approved for the February election to the Assembly of Experts.

18th February 2016 - Forbes Energy

Despite Stillborn Deal, Saudi-Russian Petrodiplomacy Could Reshape The Future Of Oil

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world’s two largest oil exporters, finally reached an agreement on Tuesday to raise the price of oil, committing with Qatar and Venezuela to cap future production at January levels.

17th February 2016 - Quoted by Kimberly Dozier - The Daily Beast

‘Patriot Fund’ Promises to Keep Cash Out of Iran’s Hands

Jonathan Schanzer

More and more western companies are doing business with Iran, thanks to a nuclear deal with the West. But Iran is still one of the world’s biggest backers of terrorism. And that sets up a dilemma for some investors: How to buy stocks without inadvertently supporting a state sponsor of...

13th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

The IRGC’s involvement in the battle for Aleppo

Amir Toumaj, Max Peck

On Feb. 11, the US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar agreed in Munich to a ceasefire in Syria. But the Russian Foreign Minister announced that his country would not stop its bombing against “terrorists.”

13th February 2016 - The National Interest

The Middle East’s Conflicts Are About Religion

Oren Kessler

A meme is gaining traction within American government and media, and it goes like this: The conflicts of the Middle East aren’t about religion. Jihadist violence? Garden-variety criminality, the president says.

12th February 2016 - Hoover Insitution

The Saudi Great Game Gone Awry

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, the defining religious competition in the Middle East has been between Sunni Saudi Arabia and the Shi'ite Islamic Republic.

12th February 2016 - Forbes

Can Iran Change For The Better

Michael Ledeen

We are apparently unwilling to listen to the plain meaning of Iranian words. I invariably get an uncomfortable silence when I ask listeners “what do you think the Iranians mean when they chant ‘Death to America’?”

12th February 2016 - National Review

Underestimating Nuclear Missile Threats from North Korea and Iran

James Woolsey

North Korea launched its second satellite on Saturday, yet the national press continues to ignore this existential threat. The White House has not recognized that a nuclear-armed North Korea has demonstrated an ability to kill most Americans with an electromagnetic-pulse (EMP) attack. And...

12th February 2016 - The Canadian Jewish News

Canada Must Not Cave to Iranian Demands

Sheryl Saperia

Over the last several weeks, terror victims have squared off against the Islamic Republic of Iran in a Toronto courtroom, seeking to hold that regime civilly liable for its sponsorship of terrorism. In court, Judge Glenn Hainey wondered aloud whether the legal proceedings were...

12th February 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Global Banks Wrestle with Iran’s Return

Annie Fixler

The Bank of England, according to a report from the Financial Times last week, reactivated the licenses of three Iranian banks: Melli Bank, Persia International Bank, and Bank Sepah International – each of which has a history of financing Tehran’s nuclear program and other illegal...

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