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.

20th December 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

As Boeing-Iran Deal Faces Increasing Pressure, Tehran Lashes Out

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

Iranian officials are threatening to take action in the event that a controversial jet deal between Boeing and Iran Air collapses. Their heated rhetoric comes amid congressional opposition to the sale and mounting speculation that the deal will become unworkable under the Trump...

16th December 2016 - The Hill

One way to push back in Syria? Target Iranian airlines.

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's commercial fleet is helping the Bashar Assad regime and its allies commit vast-scale atrocities in Syria. The Obama administration should have punished Tehran's war crimes by going after Iran's aviation sector, without which Iran could not deliver weapons and fighters to Aleppo's...

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Dan De Luce - Foreign Policy

Congress Issues a Warning to Iran and a Rebuff to the Obama Administration

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate’s vote to renew sanctions against Iran for another 10 years has delivered a symbolic warning to Tehran and a bipartisan snub of the White House, which worries the move could raise tensions with Iran.

2nd December 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Senior Tehran Cleric Calls for ‘Retaliation’ After US Senate Backs Extension of Iran Sanctions Act

Behnam Ben Taleblu

“Now is the time for retaliation,” a senior Iranian cleric told worshippers in Tehran on Friday, following the US Senate’s unanimous approval of a ten-year extension of the Iran Sanctions Act.

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.

22nd November 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Israel: Iran is Smuggling Missile Technology to Hezbollah Inside Commercial Flights

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran is smuggling weapons to the terrorist group Hezbollah inside commercial flights to Lebanon, the Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations has charged in a letter to the UN Security Council. Such actions would violate several Security Council resolutions.

18th November 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Incoming CIA Director Has Reputation for Confronting Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) to serve as the next CIA director is garnering early praise from senior congressional insiders and foreign policy experts, who told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday that the lawmaker has won plaudits for taking a...

16th November 2016 - Quoted by Colum Lynch, Dan De Luce - Foreign Policy

In Private Meeting, Euro Diplomats Beseech Trump Team to Uphold Transatlantic Pacts

Mark Dubowitz

European governments are launching a concerted appeal to persuade President-elect Donald Trump to not abandon the Iran nuclear deal or NATO’s tough stance toward Russia, warning of dire consequences that could raise the risk of war and weaken the transatlantic alliance.

9th November 2016 - Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Iran nuclear deal could collapse under Trump

Mark Dubowitz

The future of the historic nuclear agreement with Iran is in the air with the prospect that a Donald Trump administration could take steps that would cause Iran to abandon its commitments, experts said Wednesday.

24th October 2016 - The Long War Journal

IRGC to expand Basij special forces

Amir Toumaj

The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) held a commemoration ceremony in Tehran on Friday for members of the Fatehin (“Conquerors”) Special Unit of the Basij paramilitary killed in combat in Syria.

24th October 2016 - The Hill

Cuba, Iran’s island in the sun

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration thinks Iran's influence in Latin America is waning. That means it does not view the 80 or so cultural centers Iran has established across Central and South America as a threat.

14th October 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Exporting Iran’s Revolution to Space

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Tyler Stapleton

Iran is seeking cooperation with NASA, the head of Tehran’s space agency said last week. “We are interested in having cooperation,” he said, adding, “When you are in orbit, there is no country and race.”

10th October 2016 - Quoted by New York Post

Obama breaks another promise to ‘save’ the Iran deal

The Obama administration keeps on breaking its promises on the Iran deal — its promises to the American people, that is.

29th September 2016 - Quoted by Jay Solomon, Carol E. Lee - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Signed Secret Document to Lift U.N. Sanctions on Iranian Banks

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration agreed to back the lifting of United Nations sanctions on two Iranian state banks blacklisted for financing Iran’s ballistic-missile program on the same day in January that Tehran released four American citizens from prison, according to U.S. officials and...

18th September 2016 - The Cipher Brief

Don’t Rely on Iran’s Good Intentions

Olli Heinonen

There is a small window of time for the United States and its allies to determine what kind of nuclear technologies are delivered to Tehran, and by whom. And the clock is already ticking.

9th September 2016 - Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iran Expert Tells Congress: Obama Administration Might Have Given Tehran Over $30 Billion in Cash, G

Mark Dubowitz

While the Obama administration has admitted to transferring $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year to Tehran, even more cash might have been given by the US to the ayatollahs following the January 2014 implementation of the interim nuclear agreement reached by the Islamic Republic with six...

31st August 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Satellite Launch Prompts Fear of Long Range Ballistic Missile Attack

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian officials announced on Tuesday that the country is preparing to launch three new satellites into space, renewing concerns from defense experts about Iran’s ongoing research into long-range ballistic missile technology that could help it fire a nuclear weapon at Western nations....

30th August 2016 - Quote by The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Telling SAMs

Mark Dubowitz

Iran seems bent on exposing the nuclear-deal illusions of President Obama even before he leaves office. The latest sign came Sunday, when Iran’s state-run media aired footage of the S-300 air-defense system maneuvering around Fordow.

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