Analysis & Commentary

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...

30th May 2013 - Testimony before the International Human Rights Subcommittee, House of Commons, Parliament of Canada

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps: Guardians of the Revolution and Violators of Human Rights

Mark Dubowitz

Honorable members of this subcommittee...

30th May 2013 - FDD Press Release

New Report Reveals Iran’s Terror Network in Latin America

Argentina’s Prosecutor for the AMIA investigation Alberto Nisman released a ground-breaking report detailing Iran’s extensive terrorist network in Latin America. Focusing both on the 1994 bombing of the Asociacion Mutual Israelita Argentina...

27th May 2013 - The Atlantic

In Iran, Two Bombing Suspects Run for President

Jonathan Schanzer

After disqualifying a number of presidential candidates from the June 14 elections, Iran's Guardian Council has pared the list down to eight. Remarkably, two of the remaining candidates...

23rd May 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Hezbollah Slips in Qusayr

Tony Badran

It’s been five days since Hezbollah and Assad regime forces launched their joint offensive on the town of al-Qusayr in the Homs countryside. Hezbollah and regime media...

16th April 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

A Third Way to Address the Iranian Threat

Michael Ledeen

With an Iranian presidential election coming in June, President Obama may be presented with a second chance to get his policy right. In 2009, when massive protests followed Iran's disputed presidential vote...

28th February 2013 - NOW Lebanon

Iran’s Lebanon Arm

Tony Badran

The recent death of Revolutionary Guards Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF) senior officer Hassan Shateri, alias Hessam Khoshnevis, has cast the spotlight on the direct role the IRGC...

22nd February 2013 - The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Drug Problem

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For years, Iran has marketed itself as a frontline state in the war against the drug lords. Recently the New York Times even described the regime in Tehran as the “West’s stalwart ally in the War on Drugs.”

16th February 2013 - The Long War Journal

Senior IRGC Official Killed in Syria ‘was No Less Than Mughniyah’

On Feb. 13, press reports stated that General Hassan Shateri had been killed in Syria. The circumstances and exact date of Shateri's death are not entirely clear, however. Iran's embassy in Beirut said that Shateri...

5th February 2013 - New York Daily News

Iran’s Nuclear Lies

P.T. Barnum is widely attributed for having made the observation that “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.”

4th February 2013 - Podcast


Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD's Emanuele Ottolenghi spoke to Fathom Books Reviews Editor Jules Robinson about the Pasdaran – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the paramilitary organization responsible for the regime’s political...

4th February 2013 - The Jerusalem Post

Report Shows Hezbollah, Iran Join Forces

Benjamin Weinthal

The head of the Washington Institute’s Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, Dr. Matthew Levitt, on Wednesday issued a report detailing the intensified and reorganized collaboration...

31st January 2013 - Podcast


Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Pasdaran – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the paramilitary organization responsible for the regime’s political repression and international terrorism activities. He also addressed the development...

15th January 2013 - FDD Policy Brief

Pilgrims or Mercenaries? Iranian Hostages Freed by Free Syrian Army

Ali Alfoneh

The Free Syrian Army last week released forty seven Iranian citizens and their Syrian interpreter in exchange for 2,130 prisoners held by the Syrian government. The exchange of hostages was facilitated...

10th January 2013 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

The suspected IRGC operatives who were freed in Syria.

28th November 2012 - CNN

Why US-Israel Ties Just Got Warmer

Jonathan Schanzer

The latest round in an endless cycle of violence between Israel and Gaza has culminated in a surprising win for the US- Israel relationship: an apparent renewal of vows between President Obama...

2nd November 2012 - The New Republic

Did Israel and the US Just Cooperate on a Dry-Run for an Iran Intervention?

Jonathan Schanzer

Within hours of a bombing raid on a weapons factory in Sudan last month, the international media was pointing fingers at Israel. Some reports suggested that the strike looked like a dry run for an attack on...


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