Analysis & Commentary


21st September 2015 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

Done Deal For Iran Nuke Pact, But Debate Still in Congress

Mark Dubowitz

It's a done deal, yet opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement won't go quietly.

21st September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Still Hope for Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

To better understand tha Islamic Republic of Iran, don’t turn straight away to the front page of the newspaper. Rather flip to the labor union and business sections and press. Growing worker unrest, particularly among trade unions, suggests that regime change in Iran cannot be summarily...

18th September 2015 - Cited by Andrew McCarthy - National Review Online

Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact — Follow the Money

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Why on earth would Republicans do that?” That is a question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obama’s Iran deal.

18th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Russia to Help Iran Improve its Centrifuge Technology

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, confirmed on Wednesday that Russia had “announced their preparedness to cooperate and improve Iran’s centrifuges to produce stable isotopes.”

18th September 2015 - The Long War Journal

Senior Al Qaeda Leaders Reportedly Released From Custody in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

In recent days, pro-al Qaeda jihadists claimed to confirm a recent news report saying that several senior al Qaeda leaders have been released from Iranian custody. Sky News reported earlier this week that five veteran jihadists were released in exchange for an Iranian diplomat who had been...

18th September 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Isolation at the U.N.

In defending the Iran nuclear deal to Congress, President Obama and his staff argued repeatedly that rejection would leave America in dire isolation at the United Nations. Obama can now relax.

18th September 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Our Iranian Interlocutor

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Antisemitism has never been an easy subject for America’s foreign-policy establishment. Read through State Department telegrams and Central Intelligence Agency operational and intelligence cables on the Middle East and you will seldom find it discussed, even though Jew-hatred—not just...

17th September 2015 - Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

Kasich: If Iran Helps Hezbollah, We Can ‘Slap the Sanctions Back On’

Mark Dubowitz

Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich said on Wednesday that he would take a wait-and-see approach to the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that if Tehran is found to be aiding Hezbollah and Hamas then the United States could “slap the sanctions back on.”

17th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Still Operating U.S.-Sanctioned Airline in Support of Assad, IRGC

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline is still operating in Europe, which it uses as a base to provide arms, fighters, and logistical support to the Syrian regime despite American sanctions against it. Benjamin Weinthal and Emanuele Ottolenghi, fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported...

17th September 2015 - Berlin Policy Journal

Rouhani’s Pyrrhic Victory

“Today is a historical day,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said as the Islamic Republic and the P5+1 nations – the UN Security Council and Germany – agreed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on July 14, 2015. Within an hour, Iranian President Hassan...

17th September 2015 - Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Deadline for Congress Passes, but Iran Deal Debate Far From Over

Clifford D. May

Democrats succeeded in keeping President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran alive Thursday with filibusters on two key votes.

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

What’s Next on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Post reports: Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a second Republican attempt to pass a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal.

16th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Khamenei-Run Foundation Will Receive Windfall From Nuclear Deal

A foundation run by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands to be a major beneficiary of lifted sanctions as part of the nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reported Tuesday.

16th September 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Haaretz

Will U.S. and Israel Make Up This New Jewish Year?

Jonathan Schanzer

Now that enactment of the Iran nuclear deal appears to be a sure thing, the profound and often personal disagreement between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over Iran is not about to go away.

15th September 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Thomas Joscelyn

FDD Senior Fellow Thomas Joscelyn discusses the latest Al Qaeda news and its relationship with Iran.

15th September 2015 - Radio Denmark 1

Verden Ifoelge Gram: Iran Efter Atomaftalen

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses Iran after the nuclear deal.

15th September 2015 - Quoted by Orrin Hatch - The Washington Times

Why the Iran Deal Makes War More Likely

Mark Dubowitz

The Iranian regime is one of our most dangerous foes. It has declared the United States to be the Great Satan. It has repeatedly proclaimed its intent to wipe Israel off the map. It has perpetrated violence against American servicemen and civilians alike.

15th September 2015 - Politico Europe

The Wings of War

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

When Mahan Air, Iran’s largest private airline, bought nine used Airbus aircraft last May, Iranians celebrated the opportunity to upgrade their country’s aging, sanctions-hit commercial fleet.

11th September 2015 - AM 860 KPAM

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses Iranian terror finance and regional ambitions.

11th September 2015 - Quoted by The Algemeiner

Iran Could See 4-5% Economic Growth in First 3 Years After Iran Deal, Report Says

Iran could see annual average growth of 4-5% beginning in the 2016 fiscal year, when the internationally brokered nuclear deal removes sanctions against the country’s oil and financial sectors, Washington think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies and analysis firm Roubini Global...

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