Analysis & Commentary

17th July 2015 - Foreign Policy

It Just Got Easier for Iran to Fund Terrorism

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, did not enter into Tuesday’s historic deal with six world powers to reset relations with the West. It was the promise of more than $100 billion in sanctions relief, rather, that greased the wheels of the recently completed diplomacy in...

17th July 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The Nuclear Deal’s Impact on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

One of the foremost beneficiaries of the Iran nuclear deal signed this week is the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the militia-cum-business empire whose clout has grown exponentially over the last decade and now controls at least one-sixth of the Iranian economy.

17th July 2015 - Voice of America

Current Affairs with Carol Castiel

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iran nuclear deal, the role of Congress, and implications in thew wider Middle East.

17th July 2015 - Quoted by Kyle Orton - The Independent

Will the US Even Hold Iran to the Terms of Nuclear Agreement?

Mark Dubowitz

With all the leaks and the numerous "interim" deals, the nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—made with Iran on July 14 contained few surprises.

17th July 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Our ‘Snapbacks’ Became Iran’s Nuclear Blackmail

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The idea of a “snapback” on Iran sanctions was always problematic because of the time it takes to detect a violation, agree it is a violation, bring it to Iran’s attention, implement (“snapback”) sanctions and ensure enforcement to deter an Iranian “sneakout” (a dash to a...

17th July 2015 - The Weekly Standard

How Will We Know?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

One might think that after the last Iraq war Democrats would be wary of allowing intelligence to dictate policy. Yet that is effectively what Barack Obama has done with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action signed in Vienna on July 14.

17th July 2015 - Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

Iran Risks Will Curb Investor Enthusiasm Even as Sanctions Ease

Mark Dubowitz

The end of economic sanctions on Iran under this week’s nuclear deal has been portrayed as a gold-rush opportunity in an oil-rich Gulf state, but returning to business as usual won’t be as easy as the burst of enthusiasm suggests.

17th July 2015 - Quoted by Carol Morello and Karen DeYoung - The Washington Post

Nuclear Deal With Iran Scrutinized By Experts

Mark Dubowitz

The diplomats who negotiated a nuclear deal with Iran always knew that if they succeeded, it would come under heavy scrutiny.

16th July 2015 - Forbes

Nuclear Extortion: Pioneered by North Korea, Perfected by Iran

Claudia Rosett

With implications reaching far beyond the Middle East, the Iran nuclear deal opens the gates not to a safer world, but to proliferation on a scale likely to defy any peaceful efforts at containment.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Flawed Nuclear Deal Allows Iran to Emerge As “Regional Power”

Tony Badran

The flawed nuclear deal reached yesterday “maps Iran’s emergence as a regional power, with the full blessing … of the United States,” Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute of Near East Policy, wrote in an op-ed published today in The New York Daily News....

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand, Michael B. Kelley - Business Insider

Obama May Now Have to Do Some ‘Mullah-Coddling’ in Syria

Tony Badran

President Obama’s signature foreign policy achievement — a comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran — was finalised this week after more than a decade of coercive diplomacy and 20 months of grueling negotiations.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Jackie Northam - NPR

Lifting Sanctions Will Release $100 Billion To Iran. Then What?

Mark Dubowitz

$100 billion: That's roughly how much the U.S. Treasury Department says Iran stands to recover once sanctions are lifted under the new nuclear deal. The money comes from Iranian oil sales and has been piling up in some international banks over the past few years. But there are questions...

16th July 2015 - NPR

All Things Considered

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran's $100 billion windfall as part of a nuclear agreement.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Erica Wenig - The Daily Caller

Here’s How Iran’s Neighbors Feel About The Nuke Deal In Five Comics

David Andrew Weinberg

Unhappy with the United States’ Iran deal, media outlets in Gulf states have published a slew of comics critical of the president’s plan.

16th July 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Orde Kittrie

FDD Fellow Orde Kittrie comments on his recent Foreign Affairs article on Iran and China.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Experts: Nuclear Deal May Spark US-Iran Cooperation Against IS

Jonathan Schanzer

The nuclear deal struck between Western powers and Iran earlier this week may herald more open cooperation between Washington and Tehran in the fight against Islamic State extremists, analysts say.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Christopher Adams, Najmeh Bozorgmehr and Ed Crooks - The Financial Times

Iran: The Oil and Gas Multibillion-Dollar ‘Candy Store’

Mark Dubowitz

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16th July 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The President is Expert at Enraging Congress

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration made clear Wednesday that after years of negotiations with Iran it would not wait for the 60-day consideration period it agreed to give Congress to vote up or down and instead would go first to the United Nations Security Council.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Sean Savage and Alina Dain Sharon - JNS

Following the Money: How Much of Iran Deal’s Sanctions Relief Will Fund Terror?

Jonathan Schanzer

Beyond the recently reached nuclear deal’s implications for Iran’s nuclear program itself, much of the fear about the agreement centers on how the substantial sanctions relief it provides to the Islamic Republic might open the floodgates to increased Iranian exporting of terrorism.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran Continues Post-Deal Bashing of Israel, Calls it ‘Cause of Extremism’

Jonathan Schanzer

The nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers on Tuesday has not stopped Iranian inflammatory rhetoric against Israel.

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