Analysis & Commentary


24th February 2015 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul, Parisa Hafezi, Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

Exclusive: Iran Smuggles in $1 Billion of Bank Notes to Skirt Sanctions - Sources

Jonathan Schanzer

At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say.

23rd February 2015 - Huffington Post

Washington’s Bad Military Bets in the Middle East

Jonathan Schanzer

Last month, the Houthis took over Yemen, delivering a blow to Washington's counterterrorism strategy, which held out Yemen as one of the few bright spots in an otherwise chaotic Middle East.

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Giving Iran Everything It Wants

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz

Perhaps Congress should have invited King Abdullah of Jordan or Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speak about an impending deal that would look like this: Iran gets to keep its entire nuclear infrastructure and, in 15 years, gets to build a bomb.

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Leader of Anti-Proliferation Org Changes Tune on Preventing Iran Nukes

Mark Dubowitz

The leader of a prominent anti-proliferation organization that has spent millions touting the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is under fire for seeking to rationalize a rumored administration collapse on a key condition of the nuclear negotiations after long advocating the...

23rd February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Hillary’s Cowardice in Face of Looming Iran Debacle

Mark Dubowitz

Dennis Ross suggests to heal the rift with Israel the administration should take two steps.

23rd February 2015 - FDD Report

Sanctions Relief under the JPOA

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The White House insists that sanctions relief has provided Iran with less of a windfall than Tehran had hoped. The administration claims, that in the first half of last year, Iran’s direct revenues in cash and non-oil exports were over $2 billion less than Washington had predicted – $4.6...

23rd February 2015 - Mosaic

The Reform Delusion

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Barack Obama has been eager for an Iranian diplomatic breakthrough since the beginning of his presidency, and Michael Doran, in “Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy,” has trenchantly laid out a chronology of the president’s aspirations.

20th February 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

How Would We Ever Verify a Deal with Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Reuters reports: “Iran has still not addressed specific issues that could feed suspicions it may have researched an atomic bomb, a U.N. watchdog report showed on Thursday, potentially complicating efforts by six powers to clinch a nuclear deal with Tehran. . . .

20th February 2015 - Now Media

The Weakness of the “Wait and See” Approach

Tony Badran

Even if Israel desired to stay out of the Syrian war, the Iranians, seeing a green light from Washington, have ideas of their own.

20th February 2015 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - VOA News

Gulf States Coordinate Policy as Regional Violence Grows

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar's neighboring Gulf monarchies are backing the emirate in its dispute with Cairo over Egypt's military intervention in Libya.

20th February 2015 - Forbes

Why The U.S. Can’t Trust Iran And Its Nuclear Plans

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama Administration insists Iran has honored its interim nuclear-agreement commitments and that its progress in enrichment has been halted.

20th February 2015 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Friend and Foe in Syria

Tony Badran

Last week, outgoing chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces Benny Gantz told an American audience that it’s important the international community defeat both camps of regional extremists.

20th February 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Doomed Diplomacy

Thomas Joscelyn

Not long after his inauguration in January 2009, President Barack Obama penned a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran.

19th February 2015 - The National Interest

The Long Arm of Iranian Terror

Toby Dershowitz

In recent weeks, an Iranian diplomat based in Uruguay hurriedly left the country after suspicions that he was involved in nefarious activities, purportedly involving a plan to bomb the Embassy of Israel in Montevideo, the nation’s capital.

19th February 2015 - Cited by The Tower

Losing Ground in Arab World, Hamas Seeking Iranian Support and New Front Against Israel

Tony Badran

Haaretz reported Wednesday that Hamas announced plans to establish military units to fight Israel from southern Lebanon, illustrating renewed cooperation and improving ties between Hamas, Hezbollah, and Iran.

19th February 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Top Iranian Nuke Negotiator Ordered to Stop Screaming at Kerry

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the United States has been ordered by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader to stop shouting and yelling at Secretary of State John Kerry during negotiating sessions.

17th February 2015 - KCRW - Los Angeles, CA

To the Point

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discusses Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress.

17th February 2015 - 640 AM NBC Sports

The Sid Rosenberg Show

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal talks with Sid Rosenberg about the latest in foreign policy, including Netanyahu's upcoming speech to Congress.

17th February 2015 - CBC

Power & Politics with Evan Solomon

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer on Hezbollah's role in the fight against the Islamic State.

12th February 2015 - FDD Press Release

FDD Establishes ‘Alberto Nisman Award For Courage’ To Honor Heroic Argentine Special Prosecutor

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies today established the “Alberto Nisman Award for Courage” to honor the late Argentine special prosecutor who worked tirelessly to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 terrorist bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish community center.

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