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The West must be wary of Iran’s global business ‘diplomacy’

Sep 21st, 2017

First published in the Hill.com
Hassan Dai, September 2017
The Iranian regime uses its relation with Western businesses and especially the oil giants as a leverage to shape European and American policies toward Iran. As Iran continues to pursue its hegemonic policy in the Middle East and uses its proxy militias to dominate the region, it will use these business dealings to shield itself from future sanctions and harsher Western policies toward Iran.



Iran sponsored “Muslim Congress” in Dallas, August 18-20

Aug 9th, 2017

Hassan Dai, 8 August 2017
The 13th Annual “Muslim Congress” will be held in Dallas, TX on Aug 18-20th. This is an Iranian sponsored initiative launched in 2005 to disseminate the regime’s ideology, promote its agenda and recruit pro-Tehran supporters within the American Muslim community. There are nearly a dozen Islamic centers and mosques in the US that are tied to the Iranian regime and the “Muslim Congress” is a national event designed to gather pro-Tehran Muslim from across the US.



Atlantic Council event promotes Iranian regime misinformation campaign

Jul 28th, 2017

Hassan Dai, 28 July 2017
The fake public opinion poll presented at the Atlantic Council reflects the regime’s talking points and is designed to provide necessary materials for pro-Tehran advocates in Washington to oppose the Congressional sanctions and the new administration’s tough policy toward Tehran.



U.S. Can Seize Iran-Owned NYC Tower After Jury Sanction Ruling

Jul 7th, 2017

Bloomberg, June 29, 2017
By Greg Farrell and Christian Berthelsen
Federal prosecutors won a major victory in their nine-year effort to seize a midtown Manhattan office tower owned by an Iranian charity. The decision clears way to seize building at 650 Fifth Avenue. Justice Department plans to give proceeds to terror victims.



How Trita Parsi and NIAC Advance Iran’s Agenda

Jul 7th, 2017

Hassan Dai, 1 July 2017
First published by Tablet
Since its creation in 2002, NIAC has dedicated most of its activities and resources to ease the pressure off the Iranian regime and helped Tehran to advance its strategic goals.



Tehran intends to exploit anti-Trump sentiments

May 10th, 2017

Hassan Dai, April 17, 2017
First published in The Hill
A number of current and former diplomats and foreign policy advisors with experience in dealing with the US are asking the government to exploit anti-Trump sentiments and utilize political divisions in Washington. These recommendations are inspired by Iran’s past successful experiences, notably during the Bush administration when Tehran established good relations with politicians who opposed Bush policies and was able to work with segments of the anti-war movement to influence public opinion and shape US policy toward Tehran.



On Iran, President Trump is sending mixed signals

Apr 15th, 2017

Hassan Dai, March 2017, The Hill
Trump administration has sent some signals that could be interpreted as the continuation of President Obama’s conciliatory approach toward Iran… Trump cannot say it is going to be tougher on Iran and at the same time join with the Russians in Syria. The two are mutually exclusive… If Trump ignores Tehran’s quest for domination in the Middle East, he will take the United States to where Obama was headed—just more quickly.”



Don’t get fooled again by Iran

Apr 15th, 2017

Hassan Dai, February 2017, The Hill
The call to engage Iran and empower the so-called “moderates” is one of the most persistent policy positions in Washington and will get louder in coming weeks as we approach the Iranian Presidential “elections”



Iranian regime’s Achilles Heel

Feb 10th, 2017

Hassan Dai, February 10, 2017
Iranian political and military leadership has repeatedly declared that the Revolutionary Guard’s primary mission is to fight against domestic threats as the regime considers popular uprisings as the most fundamental threat to its survival



Iran’s game plan in Afghanistan

Jan 19th, 2017

Hassan Dai, 19 January 2017
Iran’s support to Taliban aims to weaken US military presence in Afghanistan, eventually forcing its withdrawal. Iran is also using Taliban as a counter balance to the presence of ISIS in the country. But Iran has a broader goal to secure its zone of influence in Farsi speaking and Shiite regions of Afghanistan. In this context, the Revolutionary Guards’ Afghan units like Fatemiyoun that has gained enormous battlefield experience in Syria, could be used as an important leverage in a civil war torn Afghanistan and help Iran to add part of Afghanistan to its “Shi’ite crescent” stretching to the Mediterranean Sea.



Trump’s Middle East policy and future of pro-Iran lobby

Jan 10th, 2017

Hassan Dai, January 10, 2017
It is largely expected that Trump administration will diminish the influence of pro-Iran lobby and cut its tentacles in the State Department, but a misguided policy in the Middle East that benefits Tehran could eventually help this lobby to thrive in Washington once again.



Rafsanjani’s death and Iran’s regional policies

Jan 9th, 2017

Hassan Dai, January 9, 2017
Rafsanjani died fall short of his goal to alter Iranian foreign policy, a change that he believed to be necessary for the regime’s survival. His death could significantly impact the regime’s internal balance of power and strengthen the Supreme Leader and the Revolutionary Guards’ position to advance their regional policies that have so far fueled violence and sectarian conflicts across the Middle East.



Tell the truth about Iran’s bloodletting in Syria

Dec 30th, 2016

Hamid yazdan Panah
Despite the shameful stance of the regime in Tehran, there are those inside Iran who have the dignity and courage to speak the truth, even in the face of danger



Arbaeen pilgrimage and Iran’s regional ambitions

Nov 17th, 2016

Hassan Dai, November 17, 2016
As Arbaeen continues to grow as the most important religious ceremony in the world and a show of force for the Shia community, the Iranian regime has been trying to gradually take the control of this event and utilizing it for its domestic and regional goals, specifically to solidify its influence in Iraq and dominate the Shia world.



Evolution of Pro-Iran lobby under Obama, from a pressure group to a White House partner

Nov 16th, 2016

Hassan Dai, 11 November 2016
Pro-Iran lobby is a coalition of organizations and politicians, led by US corporations and accompanied by an army of pundits and Iran experts that regardless of what Iran is doing, asks the US government to adopt a friendlier policy with Iran and remove sanctions. At the center of this lobby are small Iranian-American organizations that are tied to various factions of the Iranian regime.



The Mosul offensive and future of Shiite militias

Nov 11th, 2016

Hassan Dai, November 8, 2016
For months prior to the offensive, Iran and its Iraqi proxies pressured the Iraqi government to accept the militias’ role in the Mosul offensive, a move that could give them a share of victory and provide them with a pretext to justify their activities long after the defeat of ISIS. This would secure Iran’s influence in Iraq that predominantly relies on these militias, a prospect that many believe to be the Hezbollah-ization of Iraq.



Iran and Russia hold propaganda conference in Moscow for the unity of Muslims!!

Oct 24th, 2016

Iranian American Forum, October 24, 2016
As the slaughter of Syrian people by the Assad regime and its foreign enablers, Russia and Iran continues to escalate sectarian tensions and ignite condemnation and indignation around the world, Russian and Iran organized a three day propaganda conference on October 18-20 in Moscow calling for the “unity of Muslims” to fight violence and terrorism.



Pro-Iranian regime network of Islamic Centers in the US

Oct 17th, 2016

Hassan Dai, March 30, 2017
There are a number of Islamic organizations in the US that are tied to the Iranian regime, disseminate its ideology and attempt to generate support for its political agenda. The vast majority of American Muslims follow a moderate Islam and reject extremist views including the Iranian regime’s ideology. Subsequently, Iran’s influence is limited to a very slim portion of US Muslims, predominantly in the Shia community.



Iranian regime intensifies its campaign to lure Afghan immigrants to fight in Syria

Sep 6th, 2016

Hassan Dai, September 6, 2016
Iranian regime has been carrying out a large-scale public campaign to justify its military intervention in Syria and reinvigorate the regime’s ideological base that seems shaken by the Syrian quagmire. This campaign specifically targets Afghan immigrants who provide the majority of recruits for the “Fatemiyoun” Division, the Afghan unit of Iran’s Quds Force fighting in Syria. This campaign seems crucial for the Iranian regime as it is bogged down in Syria and in desperate need of more fighters for its war machine.



Pakistani unit of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards fighting in Syria

Sep 1st, 2016

Hassan Dai, September 1, 2016
In late 2014, the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force recruited a group of 50 Pakistani Shiites and formed the Zeynabiyoun brigade. The unit is currently estimated to have 1500 to 2000 fighters in Syria.