Analysis & Commentary

14th June 2017 - FDD Memo

Drawing a “Broader Conclusion” on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Under the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), key restrictions would expire if the IAEA formally reaches a “broader conclusion” that Tehran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful. Such a conclusion would result in the...

22nd May 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Nuclear Experts: Trump Keeping Nuclear Deal But Confronting Iranian Aggression

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration’s emerging strategy for confronting Iranian threats appears to be upholding the nuclear deal while sanctioning Iran’s non-nuclear behavior, two experts on the agreement wrote Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal.

19th May 2017 - The Hill

Trump’s steps on Iran show cooperation with Congress is possible

Orde Kittrie

On Wednesday, the Trump administration made clear that its Iran policy review is headed toward the position shared by the chairs and ranking members of the House and Senate foreign relations committees that the United States should take a firmer stance against Iran’s non-nuclear malign...

18th May 2017 - Foreign Policy

Why Trump’s Iran Sanctions Waiver Should Worry the Mullahs

John Hannah

As part of the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that he inherited from his predecessor, President Donald Trump yesterday was forced to decide whether to renew the U.S. waiver on sanctions targeting Iran’s oil exports. Rather than violate the JCPOA and risk...

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

Trump Administration Keeps ‘Status Quo’ on Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration’s decision to renew waivers under the nuclear deal and add seven to its blacklist adheres to the status quo regarding the U.S. posture on Iran, sanctions experts said.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Josh Lederman - Associated Press

With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration took a key step Wednesday toward preserving the Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran, coupling the move with fresh ballistic missile sanctions to show it isn't going light on the Islamic republic.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

U.S. extends Iran nuclear sanctions relief, adds other sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration Wednesday issued a temporary waiver for sanctions involving the Iran nuclear deal, but added new names to a growing list of Iranian and Syrian targets accused of supporting Iran’s illicit missile programs, human rights abuses or terrorism.

17th May 2017 - Quoted by Arshad Mohammed, Yeganeh Torbati - Reuters

U.S. extends sanctions relief under Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday extended wide sanctions relief for Iran called for under a 2015 international nuclear deal even as he imposed narrow penalties on Iranian and Chinese figures for supporting Iran's ballistic missile program.

28th April 2017 - Quoted by Erin Cunningham, Joshua Partlow, Simon Denyer, Michael Birnbaum, Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Other countries are still trying to figure out what Trump means to them

Mark Dubowitz

Much of the world is in a quandary, still unsure what to expect from the administration of President Trump. The Chinese are unexpectedly hopeful. Europeans, less so. And Mexico remains wary, if less frightened than when Trump took power on Jan. 20.

28th April 2017 - Quoted by Leandra Bernstein - WJLA

New details emerge on Obama hostage exchange with Iran as Trump reviews nuclear deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Donald Trump repeatedly criticized his predecessor for signing "the worst deal ever negotiated" and vowed on the campaign trail that he would "dismantle the disastrous deal with Iran." Now, with the Obama administration out of office, new damaging details are coming to light,...

28th April 2017 - War on the Rocks

Missing the Point on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told a defense exposition this month that his country would “not seek the permission of anyone” to build missiles, affirming “a need for vigilance” against perceived foreign aggression.

25th April 2017 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Senior Vice President Dr. Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran Nuclear Deal.

20th April 2017 - The Blaze

The Buck Sexton Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses if Iran is following the JCPOA.

29th March 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Bipartisan Bills Tackle U.S. Failure to Deter Iran Since Nuke Deal

Tzvi Kahn

Two bipartisan bills introduced in Congress last week aim to remedy the United States’ failure to deter Iran’s aggression since the 2015 nuclear deal, Tzvi Kahn, a senior Iran analyst for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote Wednesday in a policy brief.

23rd March 2017 - War on the Rocks

Spiritual Ardor and Military Might: The Story of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Behnam Ben Taleblu

This past September in an audience hall in Tehran, a prominent vocalist named Sadegh Ahangaran took to a microphone to justify an Iranian military adventure. Ahangaran had earned the nickname “the nightingale of the Imam” for his melodies of martyrdom decades earlier during the Iran-Iraq...

19th March 2017 - The Cipher Brief

After Nuclear Deal, Iran Looks to Profit in Syria

Tony Badran, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran’s powerful, ideological military force, is one of the country’s most influential institutions, with major stakes in key sectors of the economy and supervision of Tehran’s vast network of militias and terrorist proxies in conflicts throughout...

17th March 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's CEO Mark Dubowitz discusses designating the IRGC and the nuclear deal under the Trump administration.

2nd March 2017 - Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Trump and renegotiating the Iran nuclear deal.

27th February 2017 - Quoted by Raymond Tanter, Ed Stafford - The Hill

Where do we stand on the Iran deal under President Trump?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States made a political commitment to Iran in Geneva during July 2015: the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), widely known as the Iran deal. Having just passed the one-month mark of the Trump administration, now is the...

24th February 2017 - Bloomberg TV

Bloomberg North with Rudyard Griffiths

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's senior Iran analyst discusses the JCPOA and the implications of the Trump administration putting Iran on notice.


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