Analysis & Commentary


17th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The Unraveling of Sanctions on the Quds Force’s Qassem Soleimani

Toby Dershowitz, Annie Fixler

Sanctions against Qassem Soleimani “will stay forever,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday. Soleimani is head of the Quds Force, the arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

17th August 2015 - Quoted by David J. Lynch - Bloomberg

Iran’s Shopping List Disputed in U.S. Debate Over Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. debate over the Iran nuclear accord is turning in part on conflicting assessments of the Islamic Republic’s likely shopping list. While President Barack Obama contends Iran will fund urgent domestic needs with most of the money it obtains once frozen assets are released, his...

17th August 2015 - The National Interest

Off-Target: The Folly of Removing Sanctions on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which enshrines the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement, stipulates that restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missiles will expire eight years after the deal’s implementation. This expiration date is a strategic blunder.

17th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Human Rights Activist: Nuke Deal Harms Iranian Dissidents, Ignores Tehran’s “Policy of Death”

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Despite proclamations that the nuclear deal with the P5+1 powers represents “a turning point for Iran,” Hamid Yazdan Panah, a lawyer and human rights activist, wrote that “the facts on the ground” show an increased rate of executions in the Islamic Republic, in a commentary published...

17th August 2015 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

Iran Nuclear Deal Could Survive Even If Congress Disapproves

Mark Dubowitz

The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers reject the agreement, it's not game over for the White House.

17th August 2015 - Foreign Policy

How to Get a Better Deal With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal is a ticking time bomb. Its key provisions sunset too quickly, and it grants Iran too much leverage to engage in nuclear blackmail. To defuse it, Congress needs to do what it has done dozens of times in the past including during the Cold War in requiring changes to key...

16th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iranian Dissidents: Nuke Deal Will Enrich “Tyrants and Theocrats,” Fund Human Rights Abuses

Benjamin Weinthal

A group of 53 Iranian dissidents wrote a letter, published Friday by The Daily Beast, outlining their opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran and arguing that the agreement’s failure to hold Tehran accountable for its human rights abuses, both domestic and international, will only empower...

16th August 2015 - Quoted by Jeremy Bender and Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The World is Already Weakening One of the Key ‘Checks’ on the Iran Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Despite the fact that the US Congress has yet to sign off on the Iranian nuclear deal, Europe appears ready to forge ahead. Multiple European countries are already laying the groundwork for massive business opportunities in Iran.

16th August 2015 - New York Daily News

A Raw Deal for Iran’s Dissidents

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian dissidents are increasingly worried that — with the nuclear deal signed and business prospects looming — the West will give Iran a pass on human rights. European dignitaries visiting Tehran in recent weeks refrained from criticizing the regime’s domestic record, which has...

15th August 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Embracing Iran: The Swiss Cheese Sanctions Policy

Benjamin Weinthal

The non-EU member Switzerland became the first Western country to lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran.

14th August 2015 - Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Fareed Zakaria’s Unconvincing Case in Favor of the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Dear Dr. Zakaria, You have just published an open letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer explaining why you found his statement of opposition to the Iran deal “unconvincing.”

14th August 2015 - WRHI Charlotte

Palmetto Mornings

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses the wisdom of the Iran nuclear deal with Chuck Boozer and Freddi Hammer on Palmetto Mornings.

14th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: Cyberattacks on Israel from Iran, Hamas Have Increased in Past Year

Cyber-attacks perpetrated by Iran, Hamas, and Hezbollah against Israeli government and military bodies have gotten more sophisticated in the past year, an IDF major stated in an interview Thursday with David Shamah, the technology reporter for The Times of Israel. The major insisted on...

14th August 2015 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the Iran nuclear agreement, Congress, and Chuck Schumer.

14th August 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Iran’s Succession Crisis Overshadows Nuclear Pact

The July 14th Vienna agreement between Iran and global powers may, at least for a time, contain the crisis over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear programme but an impending succession battle in Tehran is casting long shadows over the landmark deal that curbs Iran’s nuclear capabilities....

13th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iran Deal Rewards Airlines that Served as IRGC Terror Fronts

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Between 2011 and 2013, the U.S. Department of Treasury designated five of the seventeen airlines currently operating in Iran for their support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

13th August 2015 - Associated Press

US Officials Say They Can Tell If Iran Is Cheating On Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Despite a track record of misjudgments about weapons of mass destruction, U.S. intelligence officials say they are confident they can verify Iran's compliance with the recently completed nuclear deal.

13th August 2015 - Quoted by Soeren Kern - Gatestone Institute

Europeans Rush to Profit from Iran Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

European politicians and business leaders, resembling the running of the bulls in Spain, are falling over themselves in a rush to secure the "first-mover" advantage in Iran's $400 billion economy. Under the nuclear deal reached in Vienna on July 14, international sanctions will be removed on...

13th August 2015 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

How the U.S. Will Ease Europe’s Iran Sanctions Jitters

Mark Dubowitz

In the final days of the Iran negotiations in Vienna, America's European partners asked Secretary of State John Kerry for a favor. They wanted a letter from Kerry promising that the U.S. Treasury Department would consult European companies on what kinds of investment in Iran would be...

13th August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Legal Scholar: Over 200 Previous Treaties Have Been Renegotiated; The Iran Deal Should Be Too

Orde Kittrie

There is significant legal precedent for Congress voting against the nuclear deal with Iran and initiating a renegotiation of the agreement, Orde Kittrie, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the State Department’s former lead attorney for nuclear affairs, wrote...

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