Analysis & Commentary

21st February 2018 - FDD's Long War Journal

Parsing the Iran portions of the 2018 Worldwide Threat Assessment

Behnam Ben Taleblu

On select measures of the Iran threat, the 2018 document is remarkably consistent with themes from past assessments. Yet, in this latest assessment, additional attention is paid to the country’s evolving cyber aptitudes and to its turbulent domestic politics.

18th January 2018 - Quoted by Jonathan Swan - Axios

Exclusive: the House Republican plan to toughen the Iran deal

Richard Goldberg

I've got my hands on a copy of the bill that House Republicans will drop Thursday to amend the Iran deal. Conservative Iran hawks tell me they are going to rally around this bill — spearheaded by Reps. Peter Roskam, Liz Cheney and others — because they don't like what they're hearing...

18th December 2017 - New York Post

How Trump can repair the damage from Obama’s narcoterror fail

Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama White House systematically dismantled a top-secret government initiative called Project Cassandra, which was designed to target Hezbollah’s $1 billion in annual drug proceeds. The gripping story, by Politico’s Josh Meyer, lays bare the details of the Lebanese terrorist...

15th December 2017 - The Weekly Standard

Deceptive Deja Vu

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

In France, all right-thinking people know instinctively what the pensée unique is—the socially acceptable view on any subject that ensures a Parisian won’t get axed from the better dinner parties and weekends in Normandy. The Democratic party, which remains a more coherent concatenation...

12th December 2017 - Quoted by Ahmed Al-Hamli - Defense One

Improving on the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump’s October decision to “decertify” but not immediately dissolve the Iran nuclear deal opened a narrow door to forging a stronger approach to Iran.

11th December 2017 - Foreign Policy

Warning to Congress: Bad Iran Legislation Is Worse Than No Iran Legislation

Richard Goldberg

In October, President Donald Trump took an important step toward countering Iran’s ever-expanding list of illicit activities by refusing to certify to Congress that the flawed nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration remained in America’s national security interest. Now he...

11th December 2017 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Congress ignores Trump’s pleas for help, deadline to improve Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

Congress is about to miss what was widely seen as a deadline to deal with President Trump’s demands for a harder line on the Iran nuclear deal, failing to agree on new sanctions against Tehran and punting the future of the deal back to Mr. Trump.

11th December 2017 - Quoted by Katrina Manson - The Financial Times

Fate of Iran deal to land back in Trump’s hands

Mark Dubowitz

Two months after Donald Trump offloaded to Congress a decision on whether to reimpose sanctions on Iran over its nuclear programme, lawmakers are set to hand the contentious issue back to the president after missing a deadline to deal with it.

11th December 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Congress will miss its deadline to reimpose sanctions on Iran deal. What happens next?

Richard Goldberg

Two months ago, President Donald Trump triggered a deadline about to come due on the Iran nuclear deal by decertifying Iran’s compliance. That meant Congress had 60 days to reimpose sanctions.

20th October 2017 - Voice of America

Encounter with Carol Castiel

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran and the JCPOA on Voice of America's Encounter with Carol Castiel.

17th October 2017 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Michael Ledeen discusses President Trump's new Iran strategy on The John Batchelor Show.

17th October 2017 - Westwood One Radio

The Jim Bohannon Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses Iran and the JCPOA on The Jim Bohannon Show.

16th October 2017 - WMAL

Mornings on the Mall

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran deal on WMAL's Mornings on the Mall.

16th October 2017 - NPR

On Point with Tom Ashbrook

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iran deal on NPR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook.

13th October 2017 - NPR - KCRW

To The Point

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Iran deal on NPR's To The Point.

12th October 2017 - BBC World Service

Newshour Extra

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the Iran deal on Newshour Extra's "Iran: Deal or no Deal?"

6th October 2017 - NPR - KCRW

Warren Olney

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iran deal with Warren Olney on NPR.

6th October 2017 - NPR


Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iran deal on NPR's Marketplace.

28th September 2017 - FDD's Long War Journal

FAQ after allegations of another ballistic missile test by Tehran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Getting the right answers on allegations surrounding an alleged Iranian ballistic missile launch requires asking the right questions. The following eight questions make sense of the English and Persian language news reporting surrounding the Khorramshahr ballistic missile.

21st September 2017 - Quoted by Kaitlin Lvinder - The Cipher Brief

Can Trump Get Iran and Europe to Ink a New Nuclear Deal?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. President Donald Trump and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani exchanged blows at the UN General Assembly in New York this week – taking aim at both the Iran nuclear deal, and each other’s leadership styles.


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