Analysis & Commentary

24th May 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Why Iran’s Failure to Protect Religious Minorities Doesn’t Bode Well For Nuclear Deal

Benjamin Weinthal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s tenure has been marked by intensified persecution and incarceration of Baha’is, Jews, Christians and Sunni Muslims, according to a new report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom.

24th May 2015 - The Long War Journal

Iranian-Backed Militias Lead Iraqi Counteroffensive to Retake Ramadi

Bill Roggio

Iranian-backed Shiite militias, including Hezbollah Brigades, a US-listed Foreign Terrorist Organization, are leading the Iraqi government’s counteroffensive to regain control of Ramadi, which was lost to the Islamic State last week. The militias are now eclipsing Iraq’s security forces...

23rd May 2015 - Quoted by Ed Lasky - The American Thinker

Obama’s Synagogue

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Barack Obama chose the perfect synagogue, Congregation Adas Israel, in which to deliver a rebuke of Israel, couched in an address commemorating Jewish American Heritage Month, using some fuzzy throwaway lines designed to lull the gullible into apathy regarding his approach towards Iran and...

22nd May 2015 - The Arab Weekly

Afghanistan: The Next Battlefield?

Ali Alfoneh

“We will maintain a presence in Af­ghanistan, even after the end of our current mis­sion,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg announced. The Atlantic alliance, he said, will have a “light footprint,” with “a military component”.

21st May 2015 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Benjamin Weinthal

FDD Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal discusses anti-semitism in Europe and the Iran nuclear talks.

21st May 2015 - Forbes

North Korea’s Takeaway From The Iran Nuclear Talks

Claudia Rosett

In defense of the Iran nuclear talks, Obama administration officials have made a number of unlikely claims, including the repeated proposition that under the current Tehran regime Iran’s nuclear program could be transformed into something “exclusively peaceful.” But one of the most...

20th May 2015 - Rudaw

Inside America

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses repression of the Kurds in Iran.

20th May 2015 - Forbes

Ramadi Falls—And Iran Will Come To The Rescue?

Michael Ledeen

Experts most everywhere agree that the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State is a disaster. It solidifies IS control over a major east-west route from Ramadi (75-100 miles from Baghdad) to deep into Syria. American military and intelligence officials know all about this route, since anti-American...

20th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran’s Holocaust Denial, Echoing Nazi Rhetoric, Exposes Its True Threat To Israel

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Iranian Holocaust denial, which echoes Nazi rhetoric, exposes an intent “to [repeat] that same crime,” Emanuele Ottolenghi, a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), argued in an article published Monday in Tablet Magazine. Ottolenghi rejected claims that it is...

20th May 2015 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Case for Expanding Canada’s Sanctions Against Iran

Sheryl Saperia

In a desperate attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, the Obama administration has forfeited many of its core demands. The framework announced last month in Lausanne, Switzerland, abandons UN Security Council resolutions calling for Iran to halt its enrichment activities and is...

20th May 2015 - The National Interest

Who Really Controls Iran’s Economy?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The looming nuclear deal will soon unshackle Iran’s economy from the burden of Western sanctions. Who stands to benefit from this opening?

19th May 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Sees Fall of Ramadi as Chance to Expand, Faults U.S. For Letting Iran “March In”

Jonathan Schanzer

In an appearance on CNN Monday, Jonathan Schanzer, Vice President for Research at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, praised the United States for its raids – like the successful raid that killed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) financier Abu Sayyaf in Syria over the weekend...

18th May 2015 - Tablet

Why the Iran Nuclear Deal Could be Catastrophic for Israel

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In a recent issue of National Interest, former CIA analyst Paul Pillar lamented “the near-obligatory reference to Nazis in any anti-agreement writing about Iran.” The comparison, he argues, is “an emotion-based effort to foster distaste for doing any business with such an ogre-like...

18th May 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Russia and the Illusion of “Snapback” Iran Sanctions

Boris Zilberman

President Obama insists that international sanctions, soon to be removed, can be “snapped back” should Iran violate the terms of a potentially impending nuclear deal.

15th May 2015 - Quoted by Lord Maginnis - The Hill

Gulf States No Longer Trust US Leadership, With Good Reason

Tony Badran

The White House has made a strong effort to downplay the apparent diplomatic snub that is Saudi King Salman’s decision not to attend this week’s Washington summit with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders.

15th May 2015 - The Arab Weekly

‘Political Piracy’: Iran’s Ship Seizures Aimed at Blocking Nuclear Deal

Ali Alfoneh

The brief crisis over the Iranian seizure of the con­tainer ship Maersk Tigris in the Strait of Hormuz on April 28th appears to have ended peacefully with the vessel’s release on May 7th but the threat of further maritime incidents cannot be ruled out in or near the strate­gic waterway...

14th May 2015 - Voice of America Persian

VOA Persian Coverage of FDD Event

Clifford D. May, Oren Kessler , Jonathan Schanzer

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex...

14th May 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell, Kim Hjelmgaard - USA Today

Russian Comments Cast Doubt on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

A major difference between Washington and Moscow over a key term of any deal to curb Iran's nuclear program was underlined when a Russian official rejected the plan to immediately restore sanctions if Tehran violates the as-yet-unsigned agreement.

14th May 2015 - NOW News

Salman’s Absence, Netanyahu’s Shadow

Tony Badran

If you’re keeping score in the contest between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu, then chalk up a win for the Israeli prime minister this week. President Obama is convening his summit with representatives of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states at Camp David today.

13th May 2015 - FOX Business

Lou Dobbs Tonight

John Hannah

FDD Senior Counselor John Hannah discusses ISIS, Iran, and the GCC Camp David summit.

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