Analysis & Commentary


11th March 2016 - The National Interest

America Risks Another Flawed Deal with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s ongoing ballistic missile drills continue to present a problem without an effective solution. Specifically, last month, three former U.S. government officials called in the National Interest for a plan linking “pressure and diplomacy” to address Iran’s missile program.

9th March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

IRGC’s Latest Ballistic Missile Test Underscores Need for Sanctions

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held a series of ballistic missiles drills over the last few days, launching next-generation short-, medium-, and long-range missiles from silos and missile bases built underground and in mountains.

4th March 2016 - The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Make-Believe Moderates

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Barack Obama and his tireless secretary of state sold the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in part as a means to reinforce Iranian “reformers," "moderates," and "pragmatists." They were always quick to add that the atomic accord stood on its own technical merits. Yet the non-nuclear...

1st March 2016 - National Post

The real roadblock to better relations is Tehran

Sheryl Saperia

The Islamic Republic of Iran must take delight in commentators in the West who advance the regime’s public relations agenda free of charge.

26th February 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Principlists to Dominate Elections

Amir Toumaj

Analyses in U.S. media suggest today’s Iranian parliamentary election is a decisive battle between hard-liners and moderates. The discourse among Iran’s leaders, however, tells a different story.

24th February 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

GAO points to problems with the Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Government Accountability Office put out a preliminary report on Tuesday on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran.

17th February 2016 - Quoted by Kimberly Dozier - The Daily Beast

‘Patriot Fund’ Promises to Keep Cash Out of Iran’s Hands

Jonathan Schanzer

More and more western companies are doing business with Iran, thanks to a nuclear deal with the West. But Iran is still one of the world’s biggest backers of terrorism. And that sets up a dilemma for some investors: How to buy stocks without inadvertently supporting a state sponsor of...

13th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

The IRGC’s involvement in the battle for Aleppo

Amir Toumaj, Max Peck

On Feb. 11, the US, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Qatar agreed in Munich to a ceasefire in Syria. But the Russian Foreign Minister announced that his country would not stop its bombing against “terrorists.”

10th February 2016 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Obama official: Iranian law won’t dictate new visa rules

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration will not rely solely on the laws of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan in determining who is a dual national and thus ineligible to travel to the U.S. without a visa, a senior U.S. official told POLITICO on Wednesday.

3rd February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal Europe

Flying in the Face of U.S. Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Mahan Air is an Iranian passenger airline that also happens to be a favorite with the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC uses Mahan planes to ferry weapons and personnel to aid the Syrian regime. That’s according to the U.S. government, which has repeatedly committed...

23rd January 2016 - Quoted by Mehdi Jedinia - Voice of America

Analysts: Iran’s Sanctions Windfall Unlikely to Affect Syrian War

U.S. officials are likely correct in their assessment that more of Iran’s sanctions relief money will go toward domestic concerns than to the war in Syria or funding global terrorism, analysts say.

22nd January 2016 - Quoted by Farnaz Fassihi - The Wall Street Journal

The Two Faces of Iran’s Dual Government

Last Sunday morning, a day after the implementation of the nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, President Hassan Rouhani issued a statement of hope for the future. “We have extended our hands to the world in a sign of friendship,” said Mr. Rouhani, in order “to begin a new...

19th January 2016 - The Hill

Congress should keep foreign investors from working with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Last weekend, the Obama administration and the European Union lifted sanctions against Tehran, less than a year after Iran and six world powers reached a nuclear deal. In preparation, the Islamic Republic has for months waged a charm to bring foreign investors to the Tehran Stock Exchange...

17th January 2016 - FOX News

Justice with Judge Jeanine

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the Iran deal and challenges posed by the IRGC.

14th January 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Former Pentagon Official to ‘Post’: ‘Iran Humiliating US With No Consequences’

Tony Badran

Iran's capture and release of 10 US sailors demonstrated that “moderates” such as President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif have no real weight, while the real power continues to be wielded by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his hardline allies, such as...

13th January 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama is Out to Lunch on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama reminded us in his State of the Union address that he considers his Iran deal a great achievement. In the real world, Iran has sent troops into Syria, grabbed another American to join those held against their will, conducted two ballistic missile tests in contravention of...

13th January 2016 - Quoted by Stephen Collinson - CNN

U.S. Sailors’ Release: Diplomatic Coup or Cowing to Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Peace didn't suddenly break out Wednesday despite Iran's freeing of 10 U.S. sailors who strayed into Iranian waters the day before.

11th January 2016 - FDD Press Release

New Report by FDD Details Iran’s Military Assistance to the Assad Regime

As parties under the auspices of the United Nations prepare for a new rounds of talks on Syria, a new report published by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) explores the deepening and disturbing relationship between Iran and the Assad regime and provides policy recommendations...

7th January 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Somalia Severs Ties with Tehran as Tensions Mount Following Attack on Saudi Embassy

Amir Toumaj

Somalia ordered all Iranian diplomats to leave its borders within 72 hours, joining a growing number of countries who are severing relations with the Islamic Republic amid its escalation with Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

5th January 2016 - Quoted by Babak Dehghanpisheh and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin - Reuters

As Cold War With Saudi Sharpens, Iran’s Guards Deliver Warning

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was quick to condemn the execution of Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, stating: "Without a doubt, the hated Saudi regime will pay a price for this shameful act."

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