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24th June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan’s New Assault on Turkey’s Judiciary

Aykan Erdemir

Erdoğan’s New Assault on Turkey’s Judiciary

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım submitted to parliament a government bill on June 13 that would redesign Turkey’s high courts as requested by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. more...

24th June 2016 – CSIF Policy Brief

Iran is Still a Business Risk: Implications of FATF’s Decision

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

Iran is Still a Business Risk: Implications of FATF’s Decision

Following its plenary meeting this week, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is set to maintain Iran on its black list, with a one-year suspension, though not removal, of the mandatory countermeasures applied to the Islamic Republic. more...

17th June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Protesting Turkish Students Push Back on Erdoğan

Aykan Erdemir

Protesting Turkish Students Push Back on Erdoğan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won a string of victories last month in his effort to consolidate power, including the lifting of parliamentary immunity, the ouster of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, and his replacement by the yes-man Binali Yıldırım. more...

17th June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-Boeing Deal: Rewards and Risks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Iran-Boeing Deal: Rewards and Risks

Iran’s minister of transport, Abbas Akhoundi, announced an aircraft deal this week with U.S. aviation industry giant, Boeing. more...

13th June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Incendiary Threat to Lebanon’s Banks

Tony Badran

Hezbollah’s Incendiary Threat to Lebanon’s Banks

On Sunday night, a bomb detonated outside the Banque du Liban et d’Outre-Mer (BLOM), in the Verdun neighborhood of Beirut. more...

3rd June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Supreme Leader’s Confidant Is Re-elected Parliament Speaker

Amir Toumaj

Supreme Leader’s Confidant Is Re-elected Parliament Speaker

Iran’s parliament re-elected Ali Larijani as parliamentary speaker on Tuesday. Larijani, who has held the post since 2008, is a long-time regime insider who has risen through the Islamic Republic’s ranks thanks to his proven loyalty to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. more...

3rd June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Doubles Down on its Military Budget

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran Doubles Down on its Military Budget

Iran’s Guardian Council on May 18 confirmed the 2016-2017 military budget, which had been passed last month by parliament. The budget allows $19 billion to go to the military establishment – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), regular military, and Defense Ministry – a 90-percent increase in military spending compared to the previous year. more...

26th May 2016 – CSIF Policy Brief

How Iran Taints the Dollar

Eric B. Lorber

How Iran Taints the Dollar

For the past two months, a debate has raged between the Obama administration and Congress over whether last summer’s nuclear deal provides Tehran access to dollars outside of the U.S. financial system. In a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Chairman Ed Royce was able to finally reveal Treasury’s thinking on the matter. more...