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Recent Testimony

Behnam Ben Taleblu - Countering Iranian Proxies in Iraq - 9/26/2018
Yaya J. Fanusie
Survey of Terrorist Groups and Their Means of Financing - 9/7/2018
Emanuele Ottolenghi
- Countering the Financial Networks of Weapons Proliferation - 7/12/2018
Jonathan Schanzer
- The Muslim Brotherhood's Global Threat - 7/11/2018
Chip Poncy
- Combating Money Laundering and Other Forms of Illicit Finance: How Criminal Organizations Launder Money and Innovative Techniques for Fighting Them - 6/20/2018
Richard Goldberg
- Protecting America from a Bad Deal: Ending U.S. Participation in the Nuclear Agreement - 6/6/2018
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - ISIS-Post Caliphate: Threat Implications for America and the West - 5/23/2018
Mark Dubowitz
- Human Rights Situation in Iran - 5/1/2018
Aykan Erdemir
- Human Rights Situation in Turkey - 4/26/2018
Emanuele Ottolenghi - State Sponsors of Terrorism: An Examination of Iran's Global Terrorism Network - 4/17/2018
Sheryl Saperia - The Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act - 4/16/2018
Clifford D. MayIsrael, the Palestinians, and the Administration’s Peace Plan - 2/14/2018
Chip Poncy
Beneficial Ownership: Fighting Illicit International Financial Networks Through Transparency - 2/6/2018
Anthony Ruggiero
- More than a Nuclear Threat: North Korea's Chemical, Biological, and Conventional Weapons - 1/17/2018
Juan Zarate - Sanctions and Financial Pressure: Major National Security Tools - 1/10/2018
Chip Poncy - Legislative Proposals to Counter Terrorism and Illicit Finance - 11/29/2017
John Cassara - S. 1241: Modernizing AML Laws to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing - 11/28/2017
Emanuele Ottolenghi -  Examining the Effectiveness of the Kingpin Designation Act in the Western Hemisphere - 11/8/2017
Olli HeinonenThe President’s Iran Decision: Next Steps - 10/25/2017
Anthony Ruggiero - Empty Threat or Serious Danger: Assessing North Korea’s Risk to the Homeland - 10/12/2017
Anthony Ruggiero - A Legislative Proposal to Impede North Korea’s Access to Finance - 9/13/2017
Anthony RuggieroEvaluating Sanctions Enforcement and Policy Options on North Korea - 9/7/2017
Jonathan Schanzer - Assessing the US-Qatar Relationship - 7/26/2017
David Andrew Weinberg - Saudi Arabia’s Troubling Educational Curriculum - 7/19/2017
Anthony Ruggiero -  Restricting North Korea’s Access to Finance - 7/19/2017
John CassaraManaging Terrorism Financing Risk in Remittances and Money Transfers - 7/18/2017
Thomas JoscelynThe Terrorist Diaspora: After the Fall of the Caliphate - 7/13/2017
Samantha F. Ravich -  State-Sponsored Cyberspace Threats: Recent Incidents and U.S. Policy Response - 06/13/2017
David Asher -  Attacking Hezbollah's Financial Network: Policy Options - 06/08/2017
Emanuele Ottolenghi -  Emerging External Influences in the Western Hemisphere - 05/10/2017
Juan C. Zarate -  Secondary Sanctions Against Chinese Institutions: Assessing their Utility for Constraining North Korea - 05/10/2017
Bill Roggio -  Afghanistan’s Terrorist Resurgence: Al-Qaeda, ISIS, and Beyond - 04/27/2017
Chip Poncy -  Countering Russia: Further Assessing Options for Sanctions - 04/27/2017
Mark Dubowitz -  Assessing the Iran Deal - 04/05/2017
Behnam Ben Taleblu -  Increasing the Effectiveness of Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran - 04/04/2017
Emanuele Ottolenghi -  Increasing the Effectiveness of Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran - 04/04/2017
Anthony Ruggiero -  Pressuring North Korea: Evaluating Options - 03/21/2017
Eric B. Lorber -  Assessing U.S. Sanctions on Russia: Next Steps - 03/15/2017
Thomas Joscelyn -  Resolving the Conflict in Yemen: U.S. Interests, Risks, and Policy - 03/09/2017
Thomas Joscelyn - The Future of Counterterrorism: Addressing the Evolving Threat to Domestic Security - 02/28/2017
Anthony Ruggiero - Countering the North Korean Threat:  New Steps in U.S Policy - 02/07/2017
Jonathan Schanzer - Israel, the Palestinians and the United Nations: Challenges for the New Administration - 02/02/2017
Behnam Ben Taleblu - Enduring Non-Nuclear Challenges by Iran: Problems and Prospects - 02/02/2017
Juan Zarate - The Future of Counter-Terrorism Strategy - 12/02/2016
Thomas Joscelyn - Libya's Terrorist Descent: Causes and Solutions - 09/27/2016
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Radicalization in the U.S. and the Rise of Terrorism - 09/14/2016
Eric B. Lorber - Fueling Terror: The Dangers of Ransom Payments to Iran - 09/08/2016
Mark Dubowitz - Fueling Terror: The Dangers of Ransom Payments to Iran - 09/08/2016
Mark Dubowitz - The Iran Nuclear Agreement: One Year Later - 07/14/2016
Bill Roggio - Pakistan: Friend or Foe in the Fight against Terrorism - 07/12/2016
Mark Dubowitz - The Implications of U.S. Aircraft Sales to Iran - 07/07/2016
Juan Zarate - The Next Terrorist Financiers: Stopping Them Before They Start - 06/23/16
Sheryl Saperia - Canadian Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights - 06/15/2016
Emanuele Ottolenghi - The Enemy in our Backyard: Examining Terror Funding Streams from South America - 06/08/2016
Thomas JoscelynGuantanamo Bay: The Remaining Detainees - 05/24/16
Mark Dubowitz - Understanding the Role of Sanctions Under the Iran Deal - 05/24/16
Juan Zarate - Understanding the Role of Sanctions Under the Iran Deal - 05/24/16
Mark Dubowitz - Terrorism, Missiles and Corruption: The Risks of Economic Engagement with Iran - 05/12/2016
Juan Zarate - Terrorism, Missiles and Corruption: The Risks of Economic Engagement with Iran - 05/12/2016
Jonathan Schanzer - Following the Money: Examining Current Terrorist Financing Trends and the Threat to the Homeland - 05/12/2016
Mark Dubowitz - Iran Accountability Week - 05/4/2016
Jonathan Schanzer - Israel Imperiled: Threats to the Jewish State - 04/19/2016
Yaya J. Fanusie - Preventing Cultural Genocide: Countering the Plunder and Sale of Priceless Cultural Antiquities - 04/19/2016
Sheryl Saperia - Testimony on Bill C-6 - 04/19/2016
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Terror in Europe: Safeguarding U.S. Citizens at Home and Abroad - 04/5/2016
Tony Badran - Hezbollah's Growing Threat Against U.S. National Security Interests in the Middle East - 03/22/2016
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Boko Haram: The Islamist Insurgency in West Africa - 02/24/2016
Emanuele Ottolenghi - The Role of Iranian Dual Nationals in Sanctions Evasion - 02/10/2016
Mark Dubowitz - Missouri State Senate Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and Local Government - 01/27/2016
Emanuele Ottolenghi - Missouri State Senate Committee on Jobs, Economic Development, and Local Government - 01/27/2016
Ali Alfoneh - Iran and the IRGC Fueling Conflict in the Middle East - 12/02/2015
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - The Paris Attacks a Strategic Shift by ISIS - 12/02/2015
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - The Impact of ISIS on the Homeland and Refugee Resettlement - 11/19/2015
David Andrew Weinberg - Terrorist Financing: Kidnapping, Antiquities Trafficking, and Private Donations - 11/17/2015
Jonathan Schanzer - Iran's Power Projection Capability - 11/05/2015
Orde Kittrie - How the Federal Government Fails American Victims of Iranian and Palestinian Terrorism - 11/04/2015
Mark Dubowitz - Iran Terror Financing and the Tax Code - 11/04/2015
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Radicalization: Social Media and the Rise of Terrorism - 10/28/2015
Jonathan Schanzer - Words Have Consequences: Palestinian Authority Incitement to Violence - 10/23/2015
Thomas Joscelyn - U.S. Counterterrorism Efforts in Syria: A Winning Strategy? - 9/29/2015
Emanuele Ottolenghi - The Iran Deal and its Impact on Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps - 9/17/2015
Mark Dubowitz - The Implications of Sanctions Relief Under the Iran Agreement - 8/05/2015
Mark DubowitzThe Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action - 7/29/2015
Claudia RosettThe Iran-North Korea Strategic Alliance - 7/28/2015
Mark DubowitzImpact of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement - 7/28/2015
Mark DubowitzImplications of a Nuclear Agreement with Iran Part III - 7/23/2015
Mark DubowitzThe Iran Nuclear Deal and its Impact on Terrorist Financing - 7/22/2015
James WoolseyProtecting the Electric Grid from the Potential Threats of Solar Storms and Electromagnetic Pulse - 7/22/2015
David WeinbergThe Gulf Cooperation Council Camp David Summit: Any Results? - 7/9/2015
Chip PoncyEvaluating the Security of the U.S. Financial Sector - 6/24/2015
Daveed Gartenstein-RossAdmitting Syrian Refugees: The Intelligence Voice and the Emerging Homeland Security Threat - 6/24/2015
Michael Madon - A Global Perspective on Cyber Threats - 6/16/2015
David Asher - A Dangerous Nexus: Terrorism, Crime and Corruption - 5/31/2015
Daveed Gartenstein-RossJihad 2.0: Social Media in the Next Evolution of Terrorist Recruitment - 5/7/2015
Thomas JoscelynTerrorism in Africa: The Immenent Threat to the United States - 4/29/2015
Jonathan SchanzerA Survey of Global Terrorism and Terrorist Financing - 4/22/2015
Tony BadranState Sponsor of Terror: The Global Threat of Iran - 2/11/2015 
Daveed Gartenstein-Ross - Canada's Response to the Violence, Religious Persecution and Dislocation Caused by the Islamic State - 2/5/2015
Jonathan Schanzer - The Palestinian Authority's International Criminal Court Gambit: A True Partner for Peace? - 2/4/2015
Mark Dubowitz - Perspectives on the Strategic Necessity of Iran Sanctions - 1/27/2015
John Hannah - Iran Nuclear Negotiations After The Second Extension - 1/27/2015





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Critical Issue Series

FDD’s “Critical Issues” series is aimed at providing key background and analysis on policy matters that will be of concern to the 112th Congress and to others in the policy arena.  The series supports more thorough in-person presentations available by FDD scholars. These presentations are available on a range of national security subjects that are listed on the menu below.  Consistent with our organization’s values and commitments, FDD believes these issues transcend partisanship and require those working in and with government to work across the political aisle when crafting meaningful policy and legislation. We hope the material is helpful to you and welcome further exploration of these issues together.

FDD’s Iran Project

The Iran Energy Project provides research in support of energy sanctions against Iran’s gasoline, natural gas, crude oil and oil sectors and analyzes the prominent role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran’s energy industry, as part of a comprehensive strategy to pressure the Iranian regime to abandon its pursuit of nuclear weapons, support for terrorism, and brutal oppression of its own people. Click here to visit FDD's Iran Project.