Analysis & Commentary


2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Pyrrhic Victory on Iran

Clifford D. May

Reaction to the 34th vote in favor of upholding a veto of a disapproval of the Iran deal (cast by a retiring Democrat, by the way) has been noteworthy for its high-mindedness.

2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

White House Not Celebrating Iran Deal Win Yet

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama scored big Wednesday when he snagged the last vote he needs to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives Congress. But now the White House is more determined than ever to keep the agreement from reaching a vote in the first place.

2nd September 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses the state of play in Congress over of the Iran deal.

2nd September 2015 - Newsmax TV

Newsmax Prime

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey discusses Iran's nuclear program and the threat of EMP's to the U.S.

2nd September 2015 - The Washington Times

The Deadly Peril in Appeasement

Clifford D. May

“Appeasement” gets a bad rap but, strictly speaking, the word implies nothing more than an attempt to make peace. If aggrieved adversaries can be pacified by reasonable concessions, what’s wrong with that?

2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Burgess Everett - Politico

Cardin’s Conundrum: Top Democrat Agonizes Over Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

For 40 minutes it was tranquil sailing for Sen. Ben Cardin as the Maryland Democrat — and most influential lawmaker still undecided on the Iran nuclear deal — fielded questions from students about the accord.

1st September 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

FDD Journalist-in-Residence Claudia Rosett discusses the Iran and North Korea nuclear deals.

1st September 2015 - Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

Even if Congress Fails to Block Iran Deal, it Can Still Affect Implementation

Orde Kittrie

The Obama administration’s fight to prevent Congress from blocking the Iran nuclear deal may be won, since there appear to be enough Democratic votes in the House and the Senate to sustain a presidential veto of any resolution of disapproval.

1st September 2015 - Quoted by Alina Dain Sharon and Sean Savage - JNS

As U.S. Robustly Debates Iran Deal, Western Europe Exhibits ‘Fatigue’

Benjamin Weinthal

The Iran nuclear deal has dominated the foreign policy debate in the U.S. this summer, with Congress in the midst of a 60-day period to review the agreement. But America is just one piece of the puzzle when it comes to the accord reached in July between Iran and the P5+1 world powers.

31st August 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Experts: European Tech Trade Will Help Iranian Regime Oppress Its Citizens

Benjamin Weinthal

Increased European tech exports to Iran will allow Tehran to more easily oppress its citizens, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an analysis published Sunday in The Jerusalem Post.

31st August 2015 - Forbes

Nuclear Fiascoes: From Diplomatic Failure With North Korea To Debacle With Iran

With Congress due to vote by Sept. 17 on the Iran nuclear deal, there’s a warning worth revisiting. It goes like this: The president is pushing a historic nuclear agreement, saying it will stop a terror-sponsoring tyranny from getting nuclear weapons. And up pipes the democratically...

31st August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Saudi King’s Visit Offers Chance to Reset Relations

David Andrew Weinberg

President Obama is set to host Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud at the White House on Friday for the king’s first visit since ascending to the throne in January.

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Saudi King Wants Obama to Tackle Iranian ‘Mischief’

David Andrew Weinberg

The new Saudi king will use his first official visit to the White House this week to make clear that his country’s lukewarm support for the nuclear deal with Iran comes with strings attached.

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Burgess Everett and John Bresnahan - Politico

Bust: Iran Opponents’ August Fail

Mark Dubowitz

Critics of the Iran deal believed the August congressional recess was their best chance to scuttle the nuclear accord, as wavering lawmakers returned home to angry protesters and a barrage of TV ads. The longer the deal hung out there, they figured, the worse it would be for President Barack...

31st August 2015 - Quoted by Sahil Kapur - Bloomberg

Sorry, Hawks: Democrats Won’t Pay a Political Price For Iran Filibuster

Mark Dubowitz

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal have all but accepted they cannot block the accord, as a growing number of congressional Democrats signal they'll supply the votes to sustain President Barack Obama's veto of a planned resolution of disapproval.

30th August 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Unrestricted Europe-Iran Trade Will Help Empower Regime’s Oppression of Citizens

Benjamin Weinthal

The pernicious European companies selling technology to the Islamic Republic are already well known: They range from widespread surveillance of Iranians to the transfer of dual-use equipment that can be used for torture, killing and the construction of nuclear weapons.

30th August 2015 - The Independent

When EU Companies Work With Iran, They Run the Risk of Providing the Tools for Oppression

Benjamin Weinthal

The UK along with the other world powers reached agreement last month with Iran to curb elements of its nuclear programme. With the gold rush mentality infecting Germany, Italy, Austria, France and Switzerland to secure billion dollar deals, their investments are far from risk-free and may...

28th August 2015 - Israeli Cultural Connection

What’s the Deal with the Iran Deal?

On August 25th the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto held a panel discussion surrounding the controversial Iran Nuclear Deal. panelists included Abbas Milani, Abraham D. Sofaer, David Holloway, Ali Alfoneh and moderator Michael Krasny. The event was coordinated by the Israeli Cultural...

28th August 2015 - Standpoint

This Deal Is No Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna in July will not prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. All it will do is postpone Iran getting the bomb. In exchange for Tehran’s acquiescence, the deal legitimises Iran’s nuclear achievements and strengthens its regime.

28th August 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Interviewing Scientists is Key to Iran’s PMD

Amir Toumaj

A fatal flaw of last month’s Iran nuclear deal is its failure to account for possible military dimensions (PMDs) of Tehran’s previous nuclear work.

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