Analysis & Commentary


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.

16th February 2017 - i24 News

Strictly Security

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the Iranian nuclear deal and possible policy options for the US going forward.

9th February 2017 - FDD Research Memo

Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Since the Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the July 2015 announcement of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran has tested as many as 14 ballistic missiles. This number is based on aggregated open-source reporting,1 as no official government or United Nations numbers have been made...

9th February 2017 - Christian Broadcasting Network

News Watch

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on Tehran and US foreign policy in the Middle East.

9th February 2017 - Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Daily Signal

Trump’s Acting Treasury Secretary, an Obama Holdover, Helped Craft Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

As President Donald Trump’s nominee for treasury secretary continues to wait for Senate confirmation, an architect of the Obama administration’s Iran nuclear deal is currently running the agency.

8th February 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s missile tests reveal weaknesses of UN Security Council Resolution

Olli Heinonen

Iran’s latest missile test on January 29 received a swift response, as warranted. The United Nations Security Council called for an emergency session, and on February 2, the U.S. Treasury imposed new sanctions on persons and entities involved with Tehran’s ballistic missile program. Iran...

7th February 2017 - Quoted by Andrew O'Reilly - Fox News

Details of Iran nuclear deal still secret as US-Tehran relations unravel

Behnam Ben Taleblu

President Trump could come under new pressure to lift the curtain on secret elements of the Iran nuclear deal struck by his predecessor, especially as the Islamic Republic continues its war of words with his administration.

4th February 2017 - The Hill

Trump’s Iran sanctions signal return to coercion

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Friday the Treasury Department added 13 persons and 12 entities to their Specially Designated Nationals list for supporting “Iranian destabilizing activity.” According to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the sanctions communicate the end of “turning a blind eye to Iran’s...

30th January 2017 - Atlantic Council Panel

Does the Iran Nuclear Deal Help or Harm US Interests in the Middle East?

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz participated on a panel discussing how well the JCPOA is working, and it's effect on US interests under the Trump administration.

26th January 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Ensuring Iran’s Enrichment R&D is for Peaceful Purposes

Olli Heinonen

Iran announced last week that it would start feeding its first IR-8 centrifuges with uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6). The 2015 Iran nuclear deal states that Tehran’s breakout time (the time needed to enrich uranium enough for a nuclear bomb) is one year, but that is based on Iran only using...

23rd January 2017 - VoiceItRadio.com

Going Global with David Delgado

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Trump, Iran and the JCPOA.

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...

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