Analysis & Commentary


10th November 2014 - AFR - Syndicated

Sandy Rios in the Morning

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses the potential consequences of President Obama's Iran strategy.

7th November 2014 - Forbes

Iran Nuclear Talks and North Korean Flashbacks

Claudia Rosett

With the Iran nuclear talks nearing a Nov. 24 deadline for a deal, U.S. chief negotiator Wendy Sherman is under pressure to bring almost a year of bargaining to fruition.

7th November 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Obama’s Weak Diplomacy with Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Carol E. Lee published an important scoop yesterday. President Obama “secretly wrote to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in the middle of last month and described a shared interest in fighting Islamic State militants in Iraq and...

6th November 2014 - Cited by Arash Karami - Al-Monitor

Some in Iran Worry Republican Victory Could Derail Talks

Mark Dubowitz

In the midterm elections Nov. 4, Republicans took back control of the Senate from the Democrats, giving them full control of Congress with just two years left in office for President Barack Obama.

6th November 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Quietly Fearful of Republican Takeover of Congress

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian leaders are quietly expressing fear about the Republican takeover of Congress Tuesday night, with many conveying concerns that Tehran has lost a key bloc of U.S. Democrats who wanted to roll back economic sanctions and hand Iran a favorable nuclear deal, according to an internal CIA...

5th November 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Midterms Change the Iran Equation

Mark Dubowitz

News reports tell us: “The Obama administration has agreed to allow Iran to operate 6,000 centrifuges to enrich uranium, up from a proposed ceiling of 4,000 reported two weeks ago, as part of negotiations for a nuclear deal, according to a website approved by the Iranian government. . . ....

5th November 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Hidden Unemployment Figures

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani came into office in August 2013 promising better governance and economic reform.

5th November 2014 - Quoted by Ivan Couronne - Agence France-Presse

New Republican Congress Could Counter Obama on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

After the election drubbing suffered by his Democrats, President Barack Obama will face a Republican-controlled Congress critical of his foreign policy -- and which could rebel against any eventual Iran nuclear accord.

5th November 2014 - Quoted by John Hudson - Foreign Policy

Five Republicans Who Will Dominate on Foreign Policy in the Next Congress

Mark Dubowitz

The Republican wave that ripped through a series of House and Senate races on Tuesday will usher in a handful of new lawmakers whose voices will definitely be heard on U.S. foreign policy and national security issues in the fourth quarter of President Barack Obama's tenure.

5th November 2014 - Quoted by Armin Rosen, Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama’s Biggest Foreign Goal Just Got Vastly Harder

Mark Dubowitz

Tuesday's wave of Republican congressional victories sets up a potential showdown over perhaps the biggest foreign-policy initiative of President Barack Obama's second term, an effort that one of his top advisers has likened to Obamacare in its importance: the pursuit of a final nuclear...

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Hezbollah Threats to Israel ‘Emboldened’ by Improved American-Iranian Ties, Expert Says

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has delivered a fiery speech emphasizing that the Lebanese Shi’a terrorist group is ready for a renewed war with Israel, despite the fact that much of its military resources are being consumed in its defense of Bashar al Assad’s regime in Syria....

4th November 2014 - Quoted by Golnaz Esfandiari - Radio Free Europe/Radio Free Liberty

Iran’s Culture Ministry Defends ‘Successful’ U.S. Presence

Ali Alfoneh

Iran's Culture Ministry has defended the "successful presence" of an Iranian delegation in an October 28 conference in Pittsburgh that was reportedly also attended by State Department official Greg Sullivan.

3rd November 2014 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen questions whether Obama is attempting a rapprochement with Iran, similar to the "Nixon-to-China Moment."

31st October 2014 - National Review Online

Treating Our Friends Like Enemies

Benjamin Weinthal

The Obama administration’s foreign policy provides a kind of porcelain alliance for America’s allies across the world.

31st October 2014 - FDD Press

Iranian Economy In Moderate Recovery Thanks To Sanctions Relief, New Report Finds

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their eighth joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy. The study found the country in the midst of a moderate economic recovery, after bottoming out in the 2013/14...

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

State Dept., Iran Officials Meet at Pittsburgh Business Forum

Ali Alfoneh

A delegation of Iranian officials paid a quiet visit to the United States this week to meet with corporate leaders and a senior State Department representative at a business forum in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.

31st October 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry Sounds Sensible on Iran?!

Mark Dubowitz

In an interview on Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, for the first time, something reassuring about the Iran “P5+1″ talks.

30th October 2014 - FDD - Roubini Report

Roubini Report: Out of the Red, Slowly Growing

Mark Dubowitz

With the November 24 deadline looming for the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna, we reassess the state of the Iranian economy and its near-term outlook in light of recent data, with particular attention to the value of previous sanctions relief.

30th October 2014 - Now Media

Selective Memory: Iran’s Role in the Marine Barracks Bombing

Tony Badran

As the US moves closer to Iran it has placed the onus of the 1983 Marine barracks bombing on Imad Mughniyeh, even though it was an Iranian operation from top to bottom.

30th October 2014 - Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: US Concerns with Israel Too Deep for Silence

Jonathan Schanzer

The most important lesson from recent weeks of bickering between American and Israeli officials isn't the choice of their words to insult one another, but their calculated choice to do so publicly in the first place.

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