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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...

22nd April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Space Launch Underscores Patient ICBM Plan

Amir Toumaj

Iran Space Launch Underscores Patient ICBM Plan

Iran launched a new satellite rocket called “the Simorgh” on Tuesday, according to U.S. officials. The launch may yet again violate United Nations resolution 2231 – making it the fourth known violation since last summer’s nuclear deal. more...

15th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Center for Illicit Finance

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Iran’s Center for Illicit Finance

Iranian Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif is in Washington this week to attend summits at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, make the rounds at think tanks, and meet with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew. more...

7th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Sunni Support Network

Tony Badran

Hezbollah’s Sunni Support Network

Hezbollah announced the death this weekend of seven of its fighters in Syria during fighting in southern Aleppo. Among them was a curious name: 19-year old Muhammad al-Kabash, a Sunni from Sidon. more...

7th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. mulls pulling Sinai peacekeeping force

Oren Kessler

U.S. mulls pulling Sinai peacekeeping force

The United States is considering pulling its roughly 700 troops out of a base its forces have occupied for three decades in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, CNN reported Tuesday. more...

1st April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

The White House Cedes More, Even As Iran’s Economy Recovers

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The White House Cedes More, Even As Iran’s Economy Recovers

While U.S. and European diplomats celebrated the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action last summer, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his government saw that deal as not the end of the negotiations but the beginning. more...

31st March 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Prepares to Take Dollarized Transactions with Iran Offshore

Eric B. Lorber

Treasury Prepares to Take Dollarized Transactions with Iran Offshore

In a potential move that is raising concern among many in Congress, the Treasury Department is considering lifting a longstanding ban on Iranian access to dollar transactions, according to news reports. more...

31st March 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Don’t Politicize Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Don’t Politicize Sanctions

In a speech yesterday before the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew argued that sanctions are an effective instrument to address illicit activities, but they must be lifted when the illicit behavior changes: more...