Analysis & Commentary

31st January 2014 - The Jewish Chronicle

Iran’s ‘Moderate’ Icon Unmasked

Ali Alfoneh

In Persianised Arabic, Zarif is a word of many meanings, ranging from fine or delicate, discerning and cunning to subtle. Mohammad-Javad Zarif, former ambassador to...

31st January 2014 - Quoted by Benoit Faucon, Jay Soloman, and Asa Fitch, The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Warns Over Limits of Iran Sanctions Easing

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. officials are fanning out across the globe, privately warning international executives not to commit too much as they re-engage with Iran during a temporary...

31st January 2014 - The Long War Journal

Report: Senior al Qaeda Facilitator ‘Back on the Street’ in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

A senior al Qaeda operative based in Iran and known as Yasin al Suri (a.k.a. Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil) is "more active than ever" and facilitating

30th January 2014 - The Jerusalem Post

Austria Aggressively Moves to Boost Trade with Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

Austria’s ambassador to Tehran, and the vice president of the country’s chamber of commerce, have expressed sharp criticism of tough sanctions targeting Iran’s...

30th January 2014 - National Review Online

Iran and Diplomacy vs. Engagement

Clifford D. May

‘Iran’s rulers are not open to engagement no matter what mix of carrots and sticks are offered.” Peter Beinart, a contributing editor of The Atlantic, attributed...

30th January 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Awful Foreign Policy Served Too Little and Too Late

Clifford D. May

President Obama’s foreign policy remarks last night remind me of the Woody Allen joke: One woman says about a restaurant, “The food is terrible.” Another replies,...

28th January 2014 - Quoted by Tim Starks, CQ Roll Call

Fate of Iran Sanctions Bill Rests Largely With Reid

Mark Dubowitz

When Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday outlined the Senate agenda for the upcoming work period, he left out a bill that 59 members of his body are co-sponsoring...

28th January 2014 - Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu , Bloomberg

Erdogan Leads Turkey-Iran Trade Mission as U.S. Cautions

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Tehran today as both countries seek to bolster trade and energy ties while the U.S. cautioned businesses...

28th January 2014 - Quoted by Reuters & The Jerusalem Post

Turkey’s Erdogan to Arrive in Iran, Discuss Ankara-Tehran Ties

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was expected to arrive in Tehran on Tuesday for a two-day official visit to the Islamic Republic.

28th January 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Morning Bits

Jonathan Schanzer

The Resurgent is counseling Republicans that the GOP shouldn’t just talk about repealing Obamacare: “Talking in the affirmative on health care includes in part advocating...

28th January 2014 - National Review Online

In SOTU, National Security Gets Short Shrift

Clifford D. May

And what we find deserves some examination. For example: And it is American diplomacy, backed by pressure, that has halted the progress of Iran’s nuclear program...

27th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan’s Trip to Tehran

Jonathan Schanzer

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will make a two-day official visit to Tehran on January 28 to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Erdoğan is expected...

27th January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The 1994 Argentina Bombing Perpetrators: Where Are They Now?

Toby Dershowitz

One year ago today, on January 27, 2013, Argentina announced a memorandum of understanding with Iran for a “truth commission” to investigate the 1994 Argentine...

26th January 2014 - PJ Media

Hey Stupid! It’s Not About Nukes, It’s About Life and Death

Michael Ledeen

There are none so blind as those who will not see, and hardly anyone wants to see Iran for what it is: an evil regime bound and determined to dominate and destroy...

24th January 2014 - Quoted by Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

More Bad Omens for the Iran Nuclear Talks

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

The velocity of bad sign-spotting is increasing as we get closer to the main negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Bad Sign No. 1: I think it’s important to note that...

24th January 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Negotiating with Ourselves

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Analyzing the Islamic Republic isn’t a guessing game—at least it shouldn’t be. Iranian Islamists’ words and deeds are pretty consistent. Memoirs, speeches, and...

23rd January 2014 - Quoted by Benny Avni, Newsweek

Ban’s Syrian Bungle Defriends Iran’s Mullahs

Tony Badran

This week's near-fiasco about who should be invited to the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, that resulted from a private telephone conversation between...

23rd January 2014 - National Review Online

‘World Powers Surrender to Iran’

Clifford D. May

Iranian president Hassan Rouhani last week tweeted a declaration of diplomatic victory: “In #Geneva agreement world powers surrendered to Iran’s national will.

23rd January 2014 - The New Republic

An Iranian Moderate Exposed

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

“To my esteemed enemy, Mohammad-Javad Zarif.” Iran’s former ambassador to the United Nations remains very proud of this dedication in his copy of Henry...

23rd January 2014 - Syndicated

The Janet Mefferd Show

Clifford D. May

The nuclear deal with Iran and provocative actions by the Islamic Republic.

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