UN Nuclear Agency Board Censures Islamic Republic

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors has issued a resolution censuring the Islamic Republic of Iran and demanding its cooperation, including the readmittance of inspectors and the restoration of camera surveillance at nuclear sites. This resolution emerges amidst concerns about Iran’s advancing nuclear program and follows a contentious period marked by reported […]

The Biden Administration Follows in Obama’s Footsteps

On May 21, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Johnson (R-WI) revealed in letters sent to the State Department, Justice Department, and FBI, that the Obama-era State Department “actively and persistently interfered” with FBI arrests of high-value Islamic Republic regime criminals in the United States between 2015 and 2016. At the time, President Obama asserted […]

FDD-NUFDI Joint Maximum Support Strategy: A New Direction for U.S. Iran Policy

America’s Iran policy has become increasingly ineffective, partisan, and predictable. Faced with multifaceted and enduring threats from the Islamic Republic, Washington has embraced a reactive posture that has failed to adequately deter and roll back regime-sponsored terrorism, nuclear escalation, and domestic repression. This shortcoming is contagious and emboldens other American adversaries, including Tehran’s regional terror […]

International Responses to Raisi’s Death: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

Co-authored with Visiting Fellow Sarah Raviani On Sunday, May 19, Islamic Republic President Ebrahim Raisi died, along with Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, in a helicopter crash near the border with the Republic of Azerbaijan. This death has sparked a variety of responses around the world, ranging from teary-eyed condolences to celebrations. This piece aims to […]

Iraqi Kurdistan President Barzani Meets Islamic Republic Officials in Tehran

Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani met with several senior Islamic Republic officials, including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and President Ebrahim Raisi in Tehran on May 6 and May 7. These meetings come at a time of increased strain in the relationship between the Islamic Republic and the KRG and highlight Tehran’s influence […]

Congress Leads on Iran Sanctions

Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal Aid to Ukraine and Israel got more attention, but the same package of national-security bills contained an important provision expanding sanctions against Iran. Iran’s missile and drone assault on Israel this month solidified support for the measures, which will exact a devastating economic toll on the […]

Norooz is Not About Gaza

In his Norooz message, President Joe Biden congratulated Iranians, including Iranian- Americans, on our new year. He pledged to continue to support Iranians in their struggle against tyranny—days after giving the tyrants $10 billion. Most curiously, he also assured his audience that he was working to end the war in Gaza. As an Iranian dissident […]

Infographic: Correlation Between U.S. Policy & Islamic Republic Escalation

When the United States appeases the Islamic Republic, it hurts the Iranian people and harms American interests. Data on executions in Iran, the regime’s military expenditure, oil exports, and nuclear advancement show a clear trend.   The correlation between U.S. policy and executions in Iran.   The correlation between U.S. policy and the Islamic Republic’s […]

Iran International Journalist Attacked

The recent assault on Pouria Zeraati, a journalist for London-based Iran International, underscores the fears of many that the Islamic Republic may be escalating its campaign against anti-regime journalists and activists abroad. As the London Metropolitan Police explore the motives, suspicions of the regime’s involvement are amplified by their previous threats against many London-based anti-regime […]

The Cost of Complacency: The Islamic Republic Gains as America Steps Back

The Islamic Republic is besting the United States. Over the past two decades, as the American public has tired of engagement in the Middle East after it peaked in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, the Iranian dictatorship and its terrorist proxies have won the war of wills in the region and are […]