Analysis & Commentary


12th January 2016 - FDD Press Release

FDD Files Amicus Brief in Support of Victims of Iranian Terrorism for Supreme Court Case

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) has filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief in advance of oral arguments to be heard by the Supreme Court on January 13.

12th January 2016 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand and Pamela Engel - Business Insider

10 US Sailors, 2 US Navy Boats Reportedly Held in Iranian Custody

Jonathan Schanzer

Ten American sailors are reportedly being held by Iran after two US Navy riverine patrol boats drifted into Iranian waters after experiencing mechanical difficulties.

12th January 2016 - Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

Iran May Be Intentionally ‘Testing the Patience of the US’ By Detaining Sailors in the Persian Gulf

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran is holding 10 American sailors after two US Navy riverine patrol boats drifted into Iranian waters, and US officials are trying to reassure the public that the sailors are safe and will be released shortly.

12th January 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran: U.S. to Lift Sanctions in a ‘Few Days’

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

As Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill focus on a last-ditch effort to prevent the Obama administration from awarding Iran $100 billion, the Islamic Republic’s leaders have stated that economic sanctions on the country will be fully lifted in the coming days.

12th January 2016 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - Congressional Quarterly

Iran Sanctions Bill Faces Steep White House, Democratic Opposition

Mark Dubowitz

The House this week is expected to pass legislation that if implemented would likely kill the Iran nuclear deal.

12th January 2016 - Quoted by Peter Baker - The New York Times

State of the Union Speech Is One Half of Nation’s Political Split Screen

Mark Dubowitz

Over the course of 48 hours, Americans will confront two starkly disparate views of Barack Obama’s America that will frame the debate over the future of the country in this election year and beyond.

11th January 2016 - The Huffington Post

In Dangerous Gamble, the Obama Administration Is Abandoning Decades-Old Mideast Alliances

Tony Badran

In response to the crisis in relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran, following the latter's assault on the Saudi consulate and embassy in Iran, the Obama administration has taken to the media to unleash a furious rebuke.

11th January 2016 - FDD Press Release

New Report by FDD Details Iran’s Military Assistance to the Assad Regime

As parties under the auspices of the United Nations prepare for a new rounds of talks on Syria, a new report published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) explores the deepening and disturbing relationship between Iran and the Assad regime and provides policy recommendations...

11th January 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Sanctions Delay Lets Tehran Expand Missile Power

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the international nuclear deal with Iran nears its implementation phase, Tehran is preparing for sanctions relief. However, the Islamic Republic has already been reaping dividends from relief of another sort.

10th January 2016 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

How Saudi Arabia ‘Pulled a Proxy Out From Under Iran’s Wing’

Jonathan Schanzer, Patrick Megahan

The latest round of tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia is unsettling what little is left of the Middle East's regional order.

10th January 2016 - CTV

CTV News

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD senior fellow David Andrew Weinberg comments on the Arab League emergency session in Egypt where foreign ministers condemned recent attacks on Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Iran.

9th January 2016 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah talked about U.S. policy toward Iran and North Korea.

9th January 2016 - Quoted by Steven Lee Myers and Nicholas Kulish - The New York Times

‘Broken System’ Allows ISIS to Profit From Looted Antiquities

Acting on a tip, the police raided four homes in eastern Bulgaria, looking for contraband that regularly traverses this country on the way to markets in Western Europe and America. In one rusting shed behind an apartment block here, they found a cache of looted antiquities: 19 classical...

9th January 2016 - CJAD 800

Viewpoints with Todd van der Heyden

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD senior fellow David Andrew Weinberg discusses Saudi-Iran relations and its importance for regional politics moving forward.

9th January 2016 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Saudi-Iran Crisis is Latest Reality Check for Nuke Deal Backers

Mark Dubowitz

Just months after the conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama administration hoped would help defuse a volatile region, the Middle East seems ready to spiral out of control.

7th January 2016 - Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Sound of Silence: Iranian-Saudi Tension Highlights U.S. Pullback from the Region

David Andrew Weinberg

Amid heightened tensions between the two most powerful Muslim nations in the Middle East, experts say the loudest sound might be American silence.

7th January 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Somalia Severs Ties with Tehran as Tensions Mount Following Attack on Saudi Embassy

Amir Toumaj

Somalia ordered all Iranian diplomats to leave its borders within 72 hours, joining a growing number of countries who are severing relations with the Islamic Republic amid its escalation with Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

7th January 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

After Bomb Test, North Korea, Iran Continue Illicit Nuke Cooperation

One day after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, lawmakers and regional experts are warning that Pyongyang and Tehran are continuing an illicit clandestine partnership enabling the rogue nations to master nuclear technology.

7th January 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on Iran, oil prices, and nuclear deal implementation.

7th January 2016 - Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Meltdown Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Roils Unstable Middle East

David Andrew Weinberg

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran continue to escalate, ever since the Kingdom executed a prominent Shiite sheik over the weekend, threatening to further destabilize the Middle East.

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