Analysis & Commentary

27th June 2014 - Quoted by Al Jazeera

Analysis: Iran’s Double Game In Iraq

Ali Alfoneh

As the fireball exploded on Iran's western border and fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) swept through northern Iraq at a startling pace, a sense of urgency shrouded Tehran.

13th May 2014 - Quoted by Jessica Hume, Toronto Sun

Label Iran’s Basij as Terror Organization, Group Urges Canada

Mark Dubowitz

The Canadian government should designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard as well as its feared plain-clothes police service, the Basij, as terrorist organizations, the...

21st April 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

The Growing IRGC Challenge to Rouhani

Ali Alfoneh

Since his election last June, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been laboring to edge the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) out of the economy.

11th April 2014 - The Weekly Standard

Scare Tehran, Please

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Is Barack Obama’s threat of preventive military action against the Iranian regime’s nuclear program credible? Would a one-year, six-month, or even three-month...

31st March 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

“Resistance Economy” Regains Resonance in Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s top clerics have recently been busy urging the embrace of something called a “resistance economy” from the pulpit. Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei...

19th March 2014 - International Business Times

Sanctions Against Iran Should Focus On Powerful Revolutionary Guards

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Since Hassan Rouhani’s election as the new president of Iran in June 2013, the Islamic Republic has been on a ‘charm offensive.’ Rouhani and his team captivated large...

21st February 2014 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar, Bloomberg

Rouhani Away From Nuclear Glare Can’t Move Domestic Agenda

Ali Alfoneh

Away from the glare of the nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, President Hassan Rouhani has endured a series of setbacks and retreats on his domestic...

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).


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