Analysis & Commentary


7th July 2016 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Boeing’s Agreement With Iran Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny

Mark Dubowitz

Boeing Co.’s historic agreement to provide 109 aircraft to Iran’s national airline is coming under increasing pressure from lawmakers in Washington.

7th July 2016 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Congress weighs restrictions on Boeing sales to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A number of House Democrats joined their Republican colleagues July 7 in expressing support for setting conditions before the manufacturing giant can proceed with its $17.6 billion deal to sell 80 passenger aircraft to Iran Air. The Obama administration insists it has the tools to ensure...

7th July 2016 - Quoted by Erica Brosnan - The Washington Times

Hill critics pushing to block Boeing Iran deal

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. lawmakers expressed mounting concern Thursday over the proposed $17 billion-plus deal by Boeing to sell commercial jets to Iran — by far the largest deal inked by an American company since the signing of the landmark deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting...

7th July 2016 - Quoted by Adam Ereli - Foreign Policy

Keep Up the Pressure on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

One year into the life of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the international agreement that dismantled Iran’s nuclear program, the best hopes and worst fears of the deal’s advocates and critics have failed to materialize.

6th July 2016 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Iran and its Protégées

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

What if we understood al Qaeda and the Islamic State as protégées of Iran, rather than merely its rivals?

6th July 2016 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNSNews.com

State Official Blasted After Quoting Iranian Foreign Minister on Terrorism

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department’s Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Rick Stengel, raised eyebrows and ire on Twitter after quoting Iran’s foreign minister voicing Muslim solidarity after terror attacks in Saudi Arabia.

6th July 2016 - Quoted by Vicki Needham - The Hill

House panel aiming to halt Boeing’s sale of jets to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A House subcommittee on Thursday will debate three bill aimed at halting Boeing’s sale of passenger jets to Iran.

4th July 2016 - The National Interest

Iran Stirs Up More Trouble in the Gulf

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Amir Toumaj

Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ external operations wing the Quds Force, issued a scathing condemnation June 20 against Bahrain’s revocation of the citizenship of a top Shia cleric. Soleimani proclaimed Sheikh Isa Qassim to be Tehran’s “red...

4th July 2016 - The Canadian Jewish News

Our Next Man (Or Woman) In Tehran

Sheryl Saperia

Foreign Affairs Minister Stéphane Dion recently confirmed that preliminary official contact between Iran and Canada has begun, toward the goal of restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries.

1st July 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Boeing Comes Under Bipartisan Criticism Over Controversial Jet Sale to Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Boeing’s recently announced multi-billion dollar deal with Iran has drawn stinging rebukes from influential members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.

1st July 2016 - FDD Research

Uranium Particles at Parchin Indicate Possible Undeclared Iranian Nuclear Activities

Olli Heinonen

On December 2, 2015, the IAEA issued its assessment on past and present outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear program and its Possible Military Dimensions (PMD).

30th June 2016 - Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen, Zahra Nader - The Guardian

Iran covertly recruits Afghan Shias to fight in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iran is covertly recruiting hundreds of Afghan Shias in Afghanistan to fight for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, drawing them out of their own conflict-ridden country and into another war in which Afghanistan plays no official part.

30th June 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer, Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellows Aykan Erdemir and Jonathan Schanzer joined the John Batchelor show to comment on the Istanbul airport attack and the Iran-Boeing deal.

30th June 2016 - Huffington Post Politics

Now Is Not The Time To Lift Sanctions On Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Islamic Republic of Iran is energetically trying to legitimize its financial sector despite a decades-long rap sheet of illicit financial activities.

29th June 2016 - The Long War Journal

New Iran armed forces chief warns of military intervention if Baghdad is threatened

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s new Armed Forces General Staff chief, Major General Mohammad Bagheri, has reiterated the Islamic Republic’s security red lines and priorities the day after his appointment.

29th June 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

White House Emerges as Iran’s Top ‘Lobbying Shop’

Mark Dubowitz

Obama administration officials are orchestrating an international campaign to encourage businesses and governments to reengage in the Iranian marketplace, prompting accusations from leading members of Congress that the White House is behaving as the Islamic Republic’s top global...

29th June 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

IMF Official Says There’s a ‘Buzz’ About Doing Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A senior International Monetary Fund official expressed optimism about Iran's ability to increase global confidence in its economy Wednesday, after months of international reluctance to invest and trade there despite sanctions relief from the Iran deal.

28th June 2016 - Forbes

Risky Business In Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the intergovernmental organization that sets global standards to combat money laundering and finance for terrorism and proliferation, had a clear message for financial institutions last week when it declined to remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from...

27th June 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

How Obama’s Iran Policy Undermines Clinton’s Campaign Message

Mark Dubowitz

In a year when the GOP has grown increasingly fractured, it's easy to lose sight of a foreign-policy schism inside the other major party. After all, the presumptive Democratic nominee was the current president's first secretary of state.

27th June 2016 - FDD Research

EU-Iran Nuclear Cooperation: The Case for Stronger Safety and Nonproliferation Standards

Olli Heinonen

The constraints imposed on Iran’s activities under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) curb Tehran’s nuclear program for eight to 15 years. The key restrictions on the program, however, disappear over time, leaving Tehran with an industrial-size nuclear program with near-zero...

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