Analysis & Commentary

8th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

The Widening Gap in Iran Between Rouhani and the RevGuards

Ali Alfoneh

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Geneva today to “help narrow differences” and finalize an agreement that would freeze Iran’s nuclear program...

4th November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani’s New Spymaster After 100 Days

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has famously promised “moderation” in Iran since being elected president of the Islamic Republic this summer.

1st November 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani’s Failed Human Rights Promises

Benjamin Weinthal

The first 100 days of Hassan Rouhani’s presidency has done little to improve Iran’s human rights record.

25th October 2013 - Cited by Daniel Wiser, Washington Free Beacon

Experts: Election of Hassan Rowhani Causing Split Over Iran Foreign Policy

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Experts said Thursday that the recent election of Iranian President Hassan Rowhani has reopened a fissure within the Iranian regime over its foreign policy...

3rd October 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Iran’s Rulers and the Art of the Deal

Clifford D. May

Imagine you’re Iranian president Hassan Rouhani or his boss, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, or Major General Qassem Suleimani, who leads the elite Quds...

30th September 2013 - Quoted by Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker

The Shadow Commander

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Last February, some of Iran’s most influential leaders gathered at the Amir al-Momenin Mosque, in northeast Tehran, inside a gated community reserved...

20th September 2013 - Quoted by Raf Sanchez and David Blair, The Telegraph

President Hassan Rouhani Warns Opportunity for Talks is Brief

Mark Dubowitz

In an opinion piece published in the Washington Post on Thursday in advance of the UN General Assembly annual meeting next week, the centrist cleric...

19th September 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Strategy in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

“We must possess Syria. If the chain from Lebanon to here is cut, bad things will happen,” former Iranian president Ali-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani said...

16th September 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s New Defense Minister: A Track Record of Irregular Warfare

Ali Alfoneh

The civil war in Syria has made it increasingly difficult for Iranian president Hassan Rouhani to claim that his country has embarked on a new or moderate path.

6th September 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz provides insight on a report that Iran is preparing to counter-attack the US if action is taken against Syria.

6th September 2013 - The Weekly Standard

The Muddle East

Reuel Marc Gerecht

If Congress refuses to support American military action against the Assad regime in Syria, and President Barack Obama declines to strike or strikes meekly...

4th September 2013 - The Huffington Post

Who Is in Charge of Iran’s Syria Policy?

Ali Alfoneh

"A government which bombards its own population with chemical weapons must face the harsh consequences of it, just like Saddam [Hussein] who brought...

1st September 2013 - The Huffington Post

Iran’s Got a New President—But the Same Old Problems

Ali Alfoneh

The election of Iranian President Hasan Rouhani has created an atmosphere of hope and optimism, both at home and abroad, not seen since Mohammad Khatami's...

23rd August 2013 - The Globe and Mail

Iranian President’s Independence Will Be Attacked From Within

Mark Dubowitz, Ali Alfoneh

The election of Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has created hope for a less belligerent Islamic Republic that will end Tehran’s nuclear intransigence...

8th August 2013 - Quoted by Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Leader Reduces Posts of Military Elite

Ali Alfoneh

Iran's new president, Hasan Rouhani, moved to significantly reduce the presence of the country's elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps...

7th August 2013 - Cited by Ali Alfoneh - FDD Policy Brief

President Rouhani’s Cabinet: MOIS vs. IRGC?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Hassan Rouhani presented his cabinet to the Iranian parliament on August 4.

7th August 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

President Rouhani’s Cabinet: MOIS vs. IRGC?

Ali Alfoneh

President Hassan Rouhani presented his cabinet to the Iranian parliament on August 4. His team is composed of one cleric, ten technocrats, three former...

31st July 2013 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa

The Iran-Syria Nexus and its Implications for the Region

Mark Dubowitz

Thank you for having this hearing specifically on the topic of the Iran-Syria nexus. The more we talk about Iran’s machinations in Syria as a window...

26th June 2013 - Miami Herald

Terror and Foreign Policy

Mark Dubowitz

Earlier this month, Alberto Nisman of Argentina, the special prosecutor responsible for investigating the Iranian-planned 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires that killed...

14th June 2013 - The Atlantic

Iran Has a Presidential Selection, Not an Election

Mark Dubowitz

"Some people may, for whatever reason, not desire to support the regime of the Islamic Republic, but they certainly want to support their country," said Iran's Supreme Leader...


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