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12th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

IMF and World Bank Predict Economic Slowdown in Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The IMF and World Bank this month released data predicting Iran’s economy will shrink over the next two years. This data follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement in May to leave the Iran nuclear deal and to re-impose U.S. sanctions. The first round of renewed sanctions took effect in August, with another round coming in early November. more...

10th October 2018 – Axios

U.S. and India headed toward clash over Iranian oil sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

India, a country the Trump administration has called “a key security and economic partner,” will soon test U.S. resolve on Iran. Two Indian firms are reportedly seeking to purchase Iranian oil in November. Should the imports go through, they would contravene the stated U.S. aim of bringing Iran’s petroleum exports “as close to zero as possible” by Nov. 4. more...

8th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iranian Parliament Approves Terror Finance Bill with Loopholes for Hamas and Hezbollah

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Toby Dershowitz

The Iranian parliament passed a bill this week that authorizes the country to join the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), one of several prerequisites for Iran’s removal from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) blacklist of states that engage in systemic money laundering and terror finance. FATF will be reviewing Iran's case next week. more...

27th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iranian Tankers Hide Locations Ahead of Impending Sanctions

David Adesnik

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires the continual operation of an Automatic Identification System (AIS) on all ships that undertake international voyages and have a volume greater than 300 gross tons. Both Iran and the U.S. are parties to SOLAS, along with 162 other states, yet Iranian oil tankers have begun to mask their location for several days at a time by turning off their AIS transponders. more...

15th September 2018 – National Review

The U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Key Slush Fund and Its Brutal Custodian

Tzvi Kahn

At first, he couldn’t identify the sound. But Amir Atiabi, an inmate in Iran’s Gohardasht Prison, was curious. Over the course of several nights in 1988, he recalled, “strange noises that sounded like the dropping of cooking-gas containers” reverberated from trucks in the jail’s loading dock. Each time, he marked the date on his calendar. On some days, the sound echoed through his cell as many as 50 to 55 times. more...

12th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

New Reports of Abuse Reinforce Case for Sanctions on Iran’s Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

An exiled Iranian Dervish activist accused Tehran on Saturday of violating its own prison regulations by allowing seven Dervish women to suffer “appalling” conditions in jail. “The Dervish women are weak physically after having been beaten before and after their transfer to the prison,” said Alireza Roshan, whose community practices a form of Islam considered deviant by the clerical regime. more...

30th August 2018 – Bloomberg — Co-authored by Ellen R. Wald

Making Iran Sanctions Hit Harder This Time

Behnam Ben Taleblu

While the Trump administration’s reimposition of U.S. sanctions on Iran earlier this month grabbed the headlines, a more significant date is Nov. 4, when the truly crippling penalties — including those on Iranian oil — are slated to return. more...

26th August 2018 – The Hill

Iran’s Facebook operation shows that it never restrained its hackers

Annie Fixler

Facebook on Tuesday dismantled an expansive, covert Iranian influence operation aimed at American, British, Latin American, and Middle Eastern audiences. Posing as independent news and civil society organizations, state-sponsored actors created hundreds of fake Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, which were also suspended on Tuesday, and Iranian state media created dozens of counterfeit YouTube channels. more...

20th August 2018 – The Hill

Iran-North Korea meeting — A message for the US?

Behnam Ben Taleblu, David Maxwell

As U.S. sanctions on Iran entered into force on August 7, Tehran was busy playing host to the foreign minister of the ultimate rogue nuclear regime, North Korea. Between August 7 and 8, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho held high-level talks with Iran’s foreign minister and President. more...

16th August 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iran’s Allies in Iraq Vow to Help Tehran Skirt U.S. Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Romany Shaker

Under pressure from pro-Iranian factions, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is backing away from his initial commitment to comply with U.S. sanctions on Iran. Abadi’s reversal illustrates both the weakness of Abadi’s caretaker government and the depth of Tehran’s influence in Iraq. more...

14th August 2018 – Axios

Iran’s increased missile testing an apparent rebuke to U.S. pressure

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s Defense Minister unveiled a new short-range ballistic missile called the Fateh Mobin, or “manifest conqueror,” on Monday. Initially designed for surface-to-surface combat, these missiles have been upgraded several times and include anti-ship variants. more...

11th August 2018 – Fox News

Iran regime ramps up crackdown on persecuted Christians after US sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

U.S. sanctions on Iran have inadvertently led to a crackdown on its persecuted Christian community as the ayatollahs move to consolidate their power in the face of growing unrest across the country. more...

10th August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Oman Offers to Mediate between the U.S. and Iran

Nicole Salter

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif confirmed Wednesday that Oman, along with Switzerland, has offered to mediate talks between the Islamic Republic and the United States. more...

10th August 2018 – Foreign Policy

Energy Security Is the Real Way to Put America First

John Hannah

Since withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal in May, the Trump administration has faced a serious dilemma. more...

9th August 2018 – Providence Magazine

Censorship and Sanctions: Should the US Sanction Iran’s Minister of Culture?

Tzvi Kahn

This past April, the Iranian regime announced an ostensible concession to the country’s beleaguered, long-censored journalists: Tehran would offer 100 of them unrestricted internet access. more...

7th August 2018 – Fox News

German central bank blocks $400 million cash delivery to Iran ahead of crippling U.S. sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

The U.S. campaign to rein in Iran has scored a victory in the German financial sector, after the Deutsche Bundesbank− the country’s central bank− imposed a rule stopping a $400 million cash delivery to Tehran. more...

7th August 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Interior Minister

Tzvi Kahn

In July, Iran’s interior minister issued a veiled threat. The regime, said Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, seeks to end protests “with restraint from police.” more...

5th August 2018 – The Hill

US should sanction Iran’s higher education minister

Tzvi Kahn

In July, Iran sentenced scores of students to lengthy prison terms for peacefully protesting against the clerical regime. more...

1st August 2018 – Fox News

Special Report with Bret Baier

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins Special Report with Bret Baier on Fox News to discuss why economic collapse in Tehran might force it back to the negotiating table. more...

30th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Vows to Defy U.S. Sanctions on Iran – Again

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Merve Tahiroglu

As the August 6 deadline approaches for the reinstatement of U.S. sanctions on Iran, Turkey has declared it “will not obey” and is vowing to continue buying oil from the Islamic Republic. more...


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13th August 2015 - 1:56 PM

Role of Sanctions in the Iran Nuclear Agreement

The Heritage Foundation hosted an event on August 13  to analyze the state of sanctions following the nuclear agreement with Iran. 

The event, Assessing the Iran Nuclear Agreement: Placing Sanctions in Context, focuses on the remaining sanctions architecture of the U.S. and E.U., the possibility of 'snapback sanctions' if Iran violates the deal, and explores alternatives to the agreement moving forward. 

3rd August 2015 - 11:00 AM

Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: An Evolving Challenge

FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance hosted a standing-room-only event on August 3 in coordination with the Hudson Institute.  The event, Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare: An Evolving Challenge, marked the official roll-out of a monograph on the topic edited by CSIF Board Member, Samantha Ravich, and featuring chapters by FDD and CSIF Executive Director Mark Dubowitz and CSIF Chairman Juan Zarate, who all were included among the expert panelists at the two-panel event.