Analysis & Commentary


18th January 2017 - Quoted by Emily B. Landau, Shimon Stein - The National Interest

A Year after the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Ball’s in Tehran’s Court

Olli Heinonen

One of the foremost foreign policy challenges for the Trump administration will be defining its approach toward Iran and the JCPOA—the momentous nuclear deal—and devising a comprehensive policy in this regard, taking into account the serious flaws in the deal itself, as well as Iran’s...

10th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Stockpiling Uranium Far Above Current Needs

Olli Heinonen

In a televised speech on January 1, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran had imported 200 metric tons of yellowcake uranium and would import another 120 tons at an unspecified future date.

23rd December 2016 - FDD Research Memo

Iranian Moves Offer Opportunity to Improve JCPOA

Olli Heinonen

Congress extended the Iran Sanctions Act earlier this month, prompting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to order retaliatory steps. Tehran protested to the EU, claiming the extension is a violation of last summer’s nuclear deal – the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA – and...

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Lee Smith - Tablet Magazine

Trump’s Iran Deal Trap: ‘Renegotiation’ vs. ‘Enforcement’

Mark Dubowitz

Forget China and underwater drones, forget Russian hacks and leaks, because it’s all a sideshow: America’s big-ticket foreign-policy issue is still the Iran deal.

15th December 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran sanctions extended, but without Obama’s signature

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions against Iran were officially extended for another decade Thursday, even though President Obama did not sign the legislation, a symbolic move intended to show the White House’s disapproval of the bill.

14th December 2016 - Quoted by Joyce Karam - Arab News

Experts warn of jeopardy to Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

In what has become a tit-for-tat between Washington and Tehran, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization to start planning the development of nuclear-powered ships in response to the new sanctions bill enacted by the US Congress this month.

14th December 2016 - The Washington Times

How Barack is like Ike

Clifford D. May

The Islamic Republic of Iran is, according to no less an authority than the U.S. government, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, suicide-bombed U.S. Marines in Beirut in 1983. Iranian-backed Shia militias killed hundreds of American troops in Iraq...

29th November 2016 - BBC

BBC World News

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the future of Iran's nuclear deal under the next administration.

28th November 2016 - FDD Research Memo

Concerns about a Reduction of Transparency in IAEA Reporting on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

While the U.S. administration maintains that Iran has thus far complied with the nuclear deal, the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report indicates that for the second time, Iran has exceeded the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action’s (JCPOA) limit for its inventory of heavy...

28th November 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iran Analyst: Top Tehran Regime Officials Trying to ‘Blackmail’ US Into Making Further Concessions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Top Iranian officials — including Ayatollah Ali Khamenei — are currently seeking to test President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump and extract further concessions from the US, an expert on the Islamic Republic told The Algemeiner on Monday.

23rd November 2016 - World Affairs Journal

The EU Cozies with Iran at Its Peril

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since last summer’s nuclear deal, Iran has been pushing a full court press to be treated as a legitimate member of the international community. Its behavior suggests otherwise. Since the accord, Tehran has stepped up support to the Assad regime in Syria, persisted in testing...

10th November 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Could Trump trash the Iran deal? Yes, but it’s complicated

Mark Dubowitz

The reality is that Iran was brought to the bargaining table with the help of crippling sanctions imposed by the U.S, the U.N. Security Council and the European Union at the urging of the Obama administration and Congress. And Russia, China and the United States' allies in Europe have...

14th October 2016 - Quoted by Bill Coffin - Compliance Week

Is the Iranian airline industry still filled with bandits?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

This summer, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies released a compelling report on the Iranian aviation industry, entitled “Flying Above the Radar,” which goes into the decades-long sanctions against Iran, and the extent to which Iran went to dodge those sanctions.

5th October 2016 - Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

The Iran deal has Obama ‘held hostage’ while the Middle East descends into chaos

Jonathan Schanzer

On October 18, 2015, the US, the EU, China, Russia, and Iran adopted the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) ensuring that Iran's nuclear program would be peaceful for at least a decade, and enshrining a signature achievement of the Obama administration's foreign policy.

1st October 2016 - Quoted by Frank Camp - Independent Journal Review

US Signed Secret Deal That Gives Iran Freedom to Finance Missile Tests

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Wall Street Journal has dropped yet another bombshell about back-room deals relating to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iranian nuclear deal.

21st September 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Atomic Expert: Recent Rhetoric Suggests Iran Intends Military Use for Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Iranian leaders’ recent statements about the country’s nuclear program suggest that it is not strictly intended for civilian purposes, which would mean that the world must impose restrictions on Iran’s nuclear-related purchases, a former high-level official of the International Atomic...

13th September 2016 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Obama administration admitting JCPOA could be worsening Iran's behavior.

30th August 2016 - The Washington Times

Iran and the future of the Middle East

Clifford D. May

The 1972 visit of President Richard M. Nixon to the People’s Republic included meetings with both Chairman Mao Zedong, the communist revolutionary leader, and Premier Zhou Enlai, the pragmatic head of the government.

23rd August 2016 - Quoted by Roland Elliott Brown - IranWire

Who Holds the Key to Sanctions Relief?

Jonathan Schanzer

When Iran signed a nuclear agreement last year with the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hailed the deal as “a triumph of diplomacy.”

23rd August 2016 - Forbes

Boeing Should Think Twice Before Iran Sale

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached last year between Iran and six world powers lifted sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector, allowing aircraft manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus to sell aircraft to Iran. But the fact that those prohibitions have been lifted does...

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