Yediot: Italy remains “an enthusiastic supporter of the Iranian economy”

Didi Remez has posted another translation of Israeli news reports on Iran’s foreign trade partners — and the example is again instructive when looking at the scope and effectiveness of the U.S.-led efforts to sanction Iran. Remez, who posted last… Continue Reading  

The Realist and Neoconservative Views on the Saudi Arms Sale

*UPDATE* Col. Pat Lang has written two informative blog posts about the arms sale.  In the first, Lang reminds his readers that the sale is a commercial transaction, not foreign aid. And on attempts to put the arms sale in… Continue Reading  

The Daily Talking Points

News and views relevant to U.S.-Iran relations for September 16. Reuters: Louis Charbonneau reports on calls from the U.S., British and French envoys to the UN to expedite the formation a UN panel to monitor Iran’s compliance with sanctions. “We… Continue Reading  

WINEP’s Robert Satloff Retreads the Reverse Linkage Argument

In his recent piece posted on Foreign Policy,  Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) executive director Robert Satloff’s advice to Obama offers a near textbook example of the neoconservative conviction that linkage—the concept that peace between Israel and its… Continue Reading  

Gerecht and Dubowitz: “Squeeze Russia and China” or Iran Sanctions Will Fail

As mentioned in our Daily Talking Points yesterday, Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) Senior Fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht and FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz’s oped today in the Wall Street Journal offers an interesting insight into the lengths that… Continue Reading