Analysis & Commentary

13th February 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC Challenges Rouhani on Missile Tests, Pyongyang Visit

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) test-fired the latest generation of its laser-guided surface-to-surface missile on February 11, as well as a new...

10th February 2014 - Quoted by Babak Dehghanpisheh, Reuters

Insight: Nuclear Deal Heightens Tension Between Iran President and Guards

Ali Alfoneh

The article on Iran's semi-official Fars news agency appeared routine: the minister of roads and urban development said the ministry does not have a contract with...

7th February 2014 - The Long War Journal

US Adds 4 Qods Force Operatives to Terrorism List for Supporting Terrorism in Afghanistan

Bill Roggio

The US Treasury Department added to its list of global terrorists today three Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force officers and one "associate"...

4th February 2014 - Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Negotiations on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Mark Dubowitz

Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, members of the Committee, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), thank you for inviting...

3rd February 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Can Rouhani Deliver After Davos?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Hassan Rouhani expressed his hopes for the further easing of international sanctions against Iran. He also...

21st January 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Political Divisions and the Fate of Iran’s Nuclear Concessions

Ali Alfoneh

The Western media is hailing Tehran’s suspension of uranium enrichment in return for “limited, targeted and reversible sanctions relief for a six-months period” as a...

20th January 2014 - Hurriyet Daily News

Who’s Afraid of Babak Zanjani?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The corruption scandal which has engulfed the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) of Prime Minister Recep Tayyp Erdoğan has everyone focused...

9th January 2014 - The Huffington Post

Iran: Rouhani Fights the Revolutionary Guards, Not Corruption

Ali Alfoneh

Just before leaving office, the Iranian press confronted president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with a Transparency International report declaring Iran "the second...

20th December 2013 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg

Rouhani Takes On Revolutionary Guards in Iran Power Test

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, a business empire as well as the country’s most powerful military force, have been a vocal critic of recent nuclear diplomacy.

12th December 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Ali Alfoneh

Political infighting between Rouhani and the IRGC.

10th December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani’s Economic Battles with the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

President Hassan Rouhani’s September 16, 2013 address to the commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) – his first post inaugural...

9th December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Geneva Joint Plan of Action and Iran’s Petrochemical Sector

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Joint Plan of Action (JPA) signed on November 24 between Iran and the P5+1, stipulates a set of mutual concessions for a six-month period while...

9th December 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani Purges the IRGC From Local Government

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is systematically purging the executive branch of the veterans of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

29th November 2013 - National Post

The Ayatollah’s Windfall

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If any proof was needed that the nuclear compromise hammered out in Geneva last month between Iran and the six world powers is a mistake, look no further...

29th November 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Faith-Based Negotiations

Reuel Marc Gerecht

O believers, when you encounter the unbelievers marching to battle, turn not your backs to them. Whoso turns his back that day to them, unless withdrawing...

21st November 2013 - NOW

An Explosive Proxy War

Tony Badran

It appears that the Iranian Embassy in Bir Hassan may have narrowly escaped even bigger devastation on Tuesday as the two suicide bombers failed to penetrate...

20th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Ali Khamenei’s Defiant Diatribe

Ali Alfoneh

While the Western media continues to speculate on the P5+1 negotiations in Geneva, the Iranian media tuned in to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei speech today...

18th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iranian Media Reacts to Geneva

Ali Alfoneh

With the next round of Geneva negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 looming, Iran’s press is divided. On one side, mouthpieces of Supreme Leader Ali...

15th November 2013 - The Commentator

Chronicle of a Death Foretold: A Very Iranian Murder

Ali Alfoneh

On November 10, 2013, the day they were going to kill him, Safdar Rahmatabadi, Iran’s deputy minister of industry and commerce, returned home from office...

13th November 2013 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Examining Nuclear Negotiations: Iran After Rouhani’s First 100 Days

Mark Dubowitz

After Iranian president Hassan Rouhani’s first 100 days in office, the Islamic Republic is still repressing its own citizens, and contributing to the slaughter of Syrian...


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