Counterpoint: Middle East News Round-Up
On this week's Middle East News Round-Up, Daniel Schwammenthal (Director, AJC Transatlantic Institute) and Roland Freudenstein (Deputy Director, Centre for European Studies) join Joshua Goodman to discuss whether Bashar al-Assad will meet the deadline for relinquishing his chemical weapons stockpile and the wave of European Foreign Ministers travelling to Iran.
AJC Transatlantic Institute Welcomes the European Parliament’s Call for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to be Listed as a Terror Organization
Brussels – 18 January 2023 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute welcomes the European Parliament’s call for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to be listed as a terror organization. In an annual report on...
220 Lawmakers from Europe and North America Urge Terror Listing of Iran’s IRGC
December 8, 2022 – Brussels – Today, 220 lawmakers from Europe, the United States, and Canada urged Western democracies to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its proxies, such as Hezbollah, as terrorist organizations. The legislators’...
AJC Deplores Belgium-Iran Deal to Release Iranian Terrorist
Brussels – 21 July 2022 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute deplores the Belgian Parliament's ratification of a Prisoner Exchange Deal with Iran, which will likely see the transfer and release of convicted terrorist Assadollah Assadi.
Raisi, the IRGC and Iran’s Future Direction of Travel - Video
As the EU attempts to make sense of the Raisi government and negotiate a new nuclear deal in Vienna, it is vital to understand Iran’s changing domestic land and Tehran’s future direction of travel. Counterpoint host Daniel Schwammenthal is joined by David Lega, a Swedish Member of the European Parliament and the EPP Group Standing and Monitoring Rapporteur on Iran and Kasra Aarabi, Senior Analyst at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change.
AJC Convenes Lawmakers from Ten Countries on Transatlantic Responses to Iran’s Nuclear Program
April 5, 2022 — Washington, D.C. —American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) inter-parliamentary group convened a virtual roundtable discussion on transatlantic responses to Iran’s nuclear ambition. Introduced by new American TFI co-chairs Reps. Brad Schneider (D...
AJC Welcomes European Parliament Condemnation of Hezbollah and Iran
Brussels – 17 September 2021 – The AJC Transatlantic Institute welcomes that the European Parliament adopted with overwhelming, cross-party support a Resolution on the Situation in Lebanon that specifically...
Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Worth Saving?
At AJC Virtual Global Forum 2021, two foreign policy veterans participated in The Max Fisher Annual Program, The Great Debate: Is the Iran Nuclear Deal Worth Saving? The session pitted Ambassador Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States (2014-19), the United Nations (2009-14), and Israel (2003-06) against Michael Doran, Middle East analyst and National Security Council Senior Director (2005-07). Moderated by Jason Isaacson, AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer.
High Stakes: What’s Next for U.S. Policy on Iran?
Having carefully studied the JCPOA, AJC opposed the 2015 nuclear accord, believing it was too risky a proposition. Six years on, the world is different, the Middle East is different, and America is different. Join AJC Jerusalem Director Avital Leibovich, AJC Transatlantic Institute Director Daniel Schwammenthal, AJC Chief Policy and Political Affairs Officer Jason Isaacson, and “People of the Pod” host Seffi Kogen as they analyze what the lifting of US sanctions against Iran could mean for the region.
Iran Nuclear Talks: 2021 Is Not 2015
Resuming contacts with Iran has become an early foreign policy priority for the Biden administration and Europe. AJC CEO David Harris offers in his latest piece in The Times of Israel six recommendations for any future negotiations with Tehran. Since last year’s Abraham Accords the Middle East has undergone a fundamental shift. Consulting closely with America’s Sunni allies and Israel, President Biden can now rectify the JCPOA’s shortcomings on regional aggression, ballistic missiles, inspections, and the accord’s dangerous sunset clauses, which give the regime a patient pathway to nuclear threshold capability.
Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) Discuss U.S. Policy on Iran
Over 40 legislators, diplomats, and officials from Europe, North America, and Israel gathered for an exclusive Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI) online discussion on the Biden administration’s policy on Iran. Speakers included Rep. Ted Deutch, Chair of the US House Subcommittee on Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, MEPs Anna Fotyga and TFI Chair Lukas Mandl, both members of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, and Mark Dubowitz, CEO of the Washington-based Foundation for Defense of Democracies.