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25th May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

A Hardliner’s Hardliner Wins Assembly of Experts Chair

Amir Toumaj

A Hardliner’s Hardliner Wins Assembly of Experts Chair

The Assembly of Experts, the body charged with choosing Iran’s supreme leader, selected one of the Islamic Republic’s most hardline, anti-Western clerics as chairman on Tuesday. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, 89, has a reputation for blistering denunciations of America, of Iranian reformists, and of any attempts to deviate from the founding principles of the Islamic revolution. more...

19th May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan’s Reckless Referendum Ploy

Aykan Erdemir

Erdoğan’s Reckless Referendum Ploy

The Turkish Parliament on Tuesday held the first of two rounds of voting necessary to amend the constitution to lift parliamentary immunity for lawmakers. more...

19th May 2016 – Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Service-Based Money Laundering: The Next Illicit Finance Frontier

John Cassara

Service-Based Money Laundering: The Next Illicit Finance Frontier

Just a few months before the summer Olympic Games in Brazil, a far-reaching anti-corruption battle is threatening to bring down powerful Brazilian businesses and political elites, including the current and former presidents. The scandal might bring even down the government. more...

13th May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah Military Commander Killed in Syria

Tony Badran

Hezbollah Military Commander Killed in Syria

Mustafa Badreddine, Hezbollah’s military commander, was killed in Syria on Thursday night according to Lebanese television channels close to Hezbollah. Al-Mayadeen TV claimed Badreddine was killed in an Israeli strike near Damascus airport, and eventually Hezbollah itself confirmed the news in a statement carried by al-Manar, the group's official channel. more...

5th May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Parliamentary Elections are No Victory for “Moderates”

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Parliamentary Elections are No Victory for “Moderates”

Iranians cast their votes Friday in runoff elections for the quarter of parliamentary seats still in contention from February’s first round. more...

5th May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Prime Minister Falls Victim to Palace Coup

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish Prime Minister Falls Victim to Palace Coup

After a week of open strife within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan invited Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to his 1,150-room palace yesterday. more...

3rd May 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Moves to Strip Kurdish Deputies’ Immunity

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey Moves to Strip Kurdish Deputies’ Immunity

Turkey set the stage for stripping Kurdish parliamentarians of their immunity Monday, when a parliamentary committee approved the motion after a contentious debate. more...

28th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

IAEA Takes a Light Touch on Iran’s Heavy Water

Olli Heinonen

IAEA Takes a Light Touch on Iran’s Heavy Water

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the international community limits Tehran’s heavy water inventory to no more than 130 metric tons for the current Arak reactor before reconfiguration to a smaller capacity. more...