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21st July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

State of Emergency Risks Undercutting Turkey’s Fragile Democracy

Merve Tahiroglu

State of Emergency Risks Undercutting Turkey’s Fragile Democracy

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared a three-month-long nationwide state of emergency on Wednesday after back-to-back, hours-long meetings with the National Security Council and Cabinet. more...

20th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Latest Test Shows It Is Doubling Down on Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s Latest Test Shows It Is Doubling Down on Ballistic Missiles

Iran reportedly tried to test yet another ballistic missile last week – the latest in a series of tests dating back to October. Despite the launch’s failure, it succeeded in a larger goal: continuing Tehran’s experimentation with delivery vehicles that could be topped with a nuclear warhead. more...

19th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hamas Vows to Join Municipal Elections, but Obstacles Remain

Grant Rumley

Hamas Vows to Join Municipal Elections, but Obstacles Remain

Hamas announced last week that it would participate in municipal elections across the West Bank and Gaza in October. more...

13th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Illicit Finance Trap

Aykan Erdemir

Turkey’s Illicit Finance Trap

While not widely reported in the West, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım last month submitted to parliament a government bill that would provide Turkish nationals a “wealth amnesty” until the end of 2016 to bring money, gold, and other financial instruments into the country. Individuals will be able to repatriate funds tax free and without needing to declare their origin. more...

12th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Why Are These IRGC Figures Not Sanctioned?

Amir Toumaj

Why Are These IRGC Figures Not Sanctioned?

The White House promised Congress last summer that the Iran nuclear accord would not prevent the United States from imposing additional non-nuclear sanctions. more...

11th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Taxing American Businesses that Partner with Iran

Tyler Stapleton

Taxing American Businesses that Partner with Iran

American businesses have been looking to break into the Iranian market ever since the signing of last summer’s nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). more...

8th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Post-JCPOA, Iran Revs Up Nuclear, Missile Procurement in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

Post-JCPOA, Iran Revs Up Nuclear, Missile Procurement in Germany

On the eve of the Iran deal’s one-year anniversary, a new report by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says that Iran sought illicit nuclear and missile technology in Germany throughout 2015, and was expected to continue doing so. more...

5th July 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Attacks Highlight Terrorists’ Goals in Saudi Arabia, but Also Limits

David Andrew Weinberg

Attacks Highlight Terrorists’ Goals in Saudi Arabia, but Also Limits

Suicide bombers struck three Saudi cities on Monday, detonating themselves near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, a U.S. diplomatic facility in Jeddah, and a Shiite mosque in the eastern city of Qatif. more...