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12th February 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Global Banks Wrestle with Iran’s Return

Annie Fixler

Global Banks Wrestle with Iran’s Return

The Bank of England, according to a report from the Financial Times last week, reactivated the licenses of three Iranian banks: Melli Bank, Persia International Bank, and Bank Sepah International – each of which has a history of financing Tehran’s nuclear program and other illegal activities. more...

10th February 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Divisions within Turkey’s Opposition Extend Erdoğan’s Rule

Aykan Erdemir

Divisions within Turkey’s Opposition Extend Erdoğan’s Rule

The Republican People’s Party (CHP), Turkey’s main secular opposition against the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), held its party congress last month, where it reelected Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu for the fourth consecutive time. more...

3rd February 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Nuclear Deal Paves Way for Iran-Russia Ballistic Missile Cooperation

Boris Zilberman

Nuclear Deal Paves Way for Iran-Russia Ballistic Missile Cooperation

Since the start of talks over Iran’s nuclear program over two years ago, Russia and Iran have moved towards deepening economic and strategic ties in anticipation of Tehran’s reintegration into the global economy. more...

21st January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hardliners Set to Dominate Iran’s February Elections

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Hardliners Set to Dominate Iran’s February Elections

The Obama administration hopes that the Iran nuclear deal reached last July can “strengthen the hand” of Iran’s more pragmatic revolutionaries – particularly President Hassan Rouhani and his allies. more...

20th January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Mulls Next Steps as Iran Sanctions Unwind

Tyler Stapleton, Annie Fixler

Congress Mulls Next Steps as Iran Sanctions Unwind

On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had met its preliminary nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal. more...

11th January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Sanctions Delay Lets Tehran Expand Missile Power

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Sanctions Delay Lets Tehran Expand Missile Power

As the international nuclear deal with Iran nears its implementation phase, Tehran is preparing for sanctions relief. However, the Islamic Republic has already been reaping dividends from relief of another sort. more...

7th January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Abbas Strives to Project Palestinian Stability, but Threats to His Rule Remain

Grant Rumley

Abbas Strives to Project Palestinian Stability, but Threats to His Rule Remain

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas delivered a defiant speech Wednesday in the West Bank city of Bethlehem amidst rumors of ill health and the potential collapse of the Palestinian Authority. more...

5th January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran is Complicit in Attacks on Saudi Missions

Amir Toumaj

Iran is Complicit in Attacks on Saudi Missions

Saudi Arabia executed a prominent anti-government Shiite cleric on Saturday, prompting angry mobs in Iran to storm the Saudi consulate in Mashhad and set ablaze Riyadh’s embassy in Tehran. more...