Analysis & Commentary


19th October 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Europe Seen as Wild Card as Iran Nuclear Deal Goes Into Effect

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Critics of the nuclear deal with Iran want the Obama administration to quickly set firm limits on sanctions relief to prevent the international coalition that brought Tehran to the table from unraveling.

19th October 2015 - Hoover Institution

The Middle East After The Iranian Nuclear Accord

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Not long ago the Obama administration tried to explain Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s budgetary priorities. The White House’s assertion that the Islamic Republic’s future spending would overwhelmingly be used for domestic, non-military needs was a response to the bipartisan fear...

19th October 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why the German Foreign Minister’s Iran Trip Flopped

Benjamin Weinthal

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier’s trip to Iran on Saturday turned the clock back to the Federal Republic’s pre-sanctions pro-Iran policies by showing an indifferent posture to growing Iranian jingoism, domestic repression and anti-Israel rhetoric.

16th October 2015 - FDD Press

Proliferation Fallout from the Iran Deal: The South Korean Case Study

Mark Dubowitz

The nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), fails to achieve the stated goal of the P5+1: blocking all pathways to an Iranian nuclear bomb.

16th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Tehran Tests the West with UN Missile Violation

Amir Toumaj

On October 11, Iran successfully tested the launch of the long-range, high-precision “Emad” ballistic missile – the first of its kind that can accurately strike arch-foe Israel.

16th October 2015 - Newsmax TV

The Hard Line

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Richard Brennan, senior political scientist at RAND and Dr. Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, discuss Russia's military operation in Syria. Is Russia making the gains they expected thus far? Is Russia in for the long haul, possibly getting...

16th October 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Khomeini’s Grandson Tests Iran’s Political Waters

As Iran’s fractious politi­cal elites prepare for the February 25, 2016, elec­tions for parliament and the Assembly of Experts, the clerical body that selects the supreme leader, there is growing speculation that Hassan Khomeini, grandson of the founder of the Is­lamic Republic, will...

16th October 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Victory Without Soldiers?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

With the war in Syria becoming ever more complex and murderous, it’s worthwhile to revisit a guiding principle of Barack Obama: The use of American military power is likely to do more harm than good in the Middle East, and even in the region’s violent struggles, soft power is important,...

16th October 2015 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Why This Sunday is a Significant Day for the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

After many years of fitful negotiations, Iran is expected within days to start dismantling parts of its nuclear facilities and reducing its uranium stockpiles under international supervision.

14th October 2015 - The Canadian Jewish News

Sanctions Targeting Iranian Human Rights Abusers are Right, Not Radical

Sheryl Saperia

On September 23rd, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson announced that the Conservatives, if re-elected, would amend the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) to include gross human rights abuses as new grounds for Canadian sanctions against foreign states, entities and individuals.

14th October 2015 - The Long War Journal

Qods Force Commander Qassem Soleimani Rallies Iranian Officers, Hezbollah in Syria

Bill Roggio

Major General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps – Qods Force, has been seen addressing Iranian military officers and members of Lebanese Hezbollah in western Syria.

14th October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Administration’s Orwellian Language

Mark Dubowitz

It is a truism that if one does not think straight, one’s words will be confused and one’s actions are likely to reflect that confusion. This is nowhere more evident than in the Obama administration, which now deploys Orwellian language to obscure evil and hide from its own obligations....

14th October 2015 - Forbes

The New Axis Of Evil At War In Syria

Michael Ledeen

The Iranian-Russian alliance now operating in Syria must fill Bashar Assad with great hope for his own survival.

13th October 2015 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

How to Negotiate with a Bully

Reuel Marc Gerecht

On Oct. 7, RT reported that four Russian missile ships in the Caspian Sea attacked 11 targets inside Syria with 26 cruise missiles. “According to objective control data, all the targets were destroyed. No civilian objects sustained damage,” said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu....

13th October 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

This Iranian Airline is One of the Assad Regime’s Lifelines

Emanuele Ottolenghi

It's hard to fly to Damascus these days. Even if Russia's military intervention in the country has the ruling Assad regime breathing easier after months of infighting, manpower shortages, and territorial losses, Syria's government is still one of the most diplomatically isolated in the...

13th October 2015 - The National Interest

Blowback: Saudi Arabia vs. Russia in Syria

Jonathan Schanzer, Boris Zilberman

After deploying its ground and air assets across Syria, Russia entered into an agreement with the Shiite leaders of Iran and Iraq to coordinate military efforts. At the podium of the United Nations, Russian President Vladimir Putin looked as if he had pulled off a masterful power play in the...

12th October 2015 - FOX News

Special Report

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on the conviction of Jazon Rezaian.

12th October 2015 - 660 AM The Answer

The Mark Davis Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Cliff May comments on ISIS, Syria, and Iran.

12th October 2015 - FOX Business

Varney & Co.

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey on Iran’s testing of a new long-range missile as President Obama focuses on climate change.

12th October 2015 - Quoted by Ezra Levant - The Rebel

EMP Attacks, Ethical Oil and the New Russian Bloc: A Conversation with Ambassador James Woolsey

James Woolsey

I recently talked with former CIA director Ambassador James Woolsey, about various threats to the West, such as rogue nations like Iran and North Korea who might use EMP (electro-magnetic pulses) to knock out our electrical grid.

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