Analysis & Commentary


17th June 2014 - Quoted by Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Observers: Iran Changing Dynamics Of Iraqi Conflict

Jonathan Schanzer

Last week, Sunni militants led by fighters for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant steamrolled through parts of northern Iraq, seizing Mosul, Tikrit and other cities.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg News

Obama Courting Iran for Help in Iraq Risks Backlash

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama’s outreach to Iran to help thwart Sunni militants in Iraq may upset regional allies and risk a domestic political backlash.

17th June 2014 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone & Thomas Erdbrink - The New York Times

US And Iran Signal Joint Effort In Iraq Crisis; US May Send Special Forces

Mark Dubowitz

The United States and Iran signaled on Monday increased willingness to work together to arrest the expanding Sunni insurgency in Iraq, and US officials said the White House also is considering sending a small number of special forces troops to Iraq to help the government slow the insurgency....

16th June 2014 - Quoted by Michael R. Gordan & David E. Sanger - The New York Times

U.S. Is Exploring Talks With Iran On Crisis In Iraq

Mark Dubowitz

A senior American diplomat met with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna on Monday to explore whether the United States and Iran could work together...

16th June 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama Goes To Iran (!) For Help With Iraq

Mark Dubowitz, Clifford D. May

As I wrote last week, our allies in the Middle East and human rights activists in Iran fear that the administration will jettison all issues in the interest of getting a nuclear deal with Iran.

16th June 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

U.S.-Iran Dialogue on Iraq ‘Extremely Dangerous’

Jonathan Schanzer

As the U.S. and Iran prepare for talks on the declining situation in Iraq, experts say that Washington should not engage ...

16th June 2014 - Buzzfeed Politics

Lindsey Graham An Outlier On The Right On Iraq Crisis

Mark Dubowitz

Garbled messages from the right as everyone figures out their position on working with Iran.

16th June 2014 - The National Interest

When America’s Enemies Are Also Its Friends

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. attempts to coordinate with Iran in Iraq are a reminder of the growing role of allies that are adversaries, too.

15th June 2014 - Quoted by Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Here’s Why The Iraq Crisis ‘Plays Right Into Iran’s Hand’

Jonathan Schanzer

Iraq is falling apart, and Iran is eager to help America save face (again).

14th June 2014 - FSTV

Thom Hartmann Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD executive director, Mark Dubowitz, discusses potential U.S. alignment with Iran over Iraq.

13th June 2014 - Quoted by Arshad Mohammed & Timothy Gardner - Reuters

Why Higher Iran Oil Exports Are Not Roiling Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

At first glance, Iran appears to have exported more oil than allowed under a nuclear agreement with major powers, but rather than complaining, U.S. officials argue Tehran is skating just inside the deal's ambiguous limits.

13th June 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Heading For Disaster In Iran

Ali Alfoneh

As Iraq descends into chaos, the looming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran hangs over the Middle East.

13th June 2014 - Al Jazeera

Nuclear Negotiations With The Islamic Republic

Ali Alfoneh

An interview with FDD expert, Ali Alfoneh, on nuclear negotiations with Iran.

12th June 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, Washington Free Beacon

State Dept Confirms: Iran Now Shipping Oil to Syria

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department confirmed on Wednesday that Iran has been shipping crude oil to Syria for the past several months, behavior that some experts say is in direct violation...

12th June 2014 - Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Anthony DiPaola, Bloomberg News

Growing Iran Oil Exports Challenge U.S. Nuclear Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s oil exports have risen this year, according to Bloomberg calculations, a trend that threatens to violate U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s main source of revenue.

11th June 2014 - Quoted by Matt Schiavenza, International Business Times

How ISIS Realigns The Middle East

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The self-styled Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has, seemingly overnight, emerged as a major player in the Middle East. On Wednesday, fresh from their stunning capture...

10th June 2014 - WRC

Andy Parks Show Live From The Washington Times

Clifford D. May

FDD expert, Clifford May, discusses his latest column: "Iran's Rulers Say "Yes, We Can!"

10th June 2014 - Quoted by Omri Ceren - The Tower

Deepening Entente With Iran “Raises Questions About Turkey’s Reliability As A U.S. Ally”

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

An official visit to Turkey by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani triggered a flurry of diplomatic statements and economic agreements celebrated by both sides on Monday, announcements that were read by observers as straightforward...

10th June 2014 - Quoted by Shahrzad Elghanayan - The New York Times

Clerical Rules, Luxury Lifestyle

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nouveaux riches in Tehran drive Porsches, Ferraris and Maseratis and live in multimillion-dollar luxury apartments replete with walk-in closets, Bosch appliances and computerized shower systems.

10th June 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Where Does Iran’s Supreme Leader Stand on Nuclear Diplomacy?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the deadline for the expiration of the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) nears, Iran and the P5+1 continue to work towards solving the various outstanding issues preventing a comprehensive nuclear deal.

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