Analysis & Commentary


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...

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.”

Experts

Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Mark Dubowitz

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Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

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