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16th June 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowtiz discusses FDD's latest report with Roubini Global Economics on the post-JCPOA growth of the Iranian economy. more...

16th June 2016 – Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iranian Economy on the Rise Since Signing of Nuclear Deal, Say Authors of New Analysis

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Due to sanctions relief granted to Iran by the nuclear agreement reached last year between six world powers and the Islamic Republic, the Iranian economy is expected to grow by 3.7% in the coming fiscal year and between 4%-4.5% annually over the next five years, an analysis published on Wednesday by the Washington, DC-based think tank Foundation For Defense of Democracies (FDD) concluded. more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iranian News Agency Threatened Lebanese Banks Hours Before Beirut Bombing

Tony Badran

A semi-official Iranian news agency issued a report threatening Lebanon’s banking sector if it complied with a U.S. sanctions law targeting Hezbollah just hours before a bomb exploded outside a Beirut bank on Sunday, NOW Media news reported on Monday. more...

9th June 2016 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

The Iran Deal, One Year In: Economic, Nuclear, and Regional Implications

John Hannah, Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal posed a simple trade: In exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit its nuclear capabilities, economic sanctions would be lifted. But the devil is in the details concerning, for example, a role for missiles on the nuclear side of the equation and state sponsorship of terrorism on the sanctions relief side. more...

26th May 2016 – CSIF Policy Brief

How Iran Taints the Dollar

Eric B. Lorber

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...

26th May 2016 – Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Iran has limited, indirect access to US dollars, Treasury official says

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has no jurisdiction over foreign banks engaging with Iran in US dollars, but will continue to bar the country from directly accessing the American financial system, a senior Treasury Department official said on Wednesday. more...

26th May 2016 – Real Clear World

Obama Administration Helps Iran Get Its Money Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On March 19, the FBI arrested Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab upon his arrival in Miami for evading sanctions against Iran, money laundering, and bank fraud. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Do the opposite of what the Obama administration wants on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration has been wrong again and again on Iran. It has overestimated Iran’s desire to be a normal country in the “international community” and underestimated its determination to continue on its course of domestic repression, regional aggression and defiance of international obligations. Unfortunately, it keeps doubling down. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Lawmakers press Obama officials on Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal is being fully implemented, according to Obama administration officials who told skeptical lawmakers Wednesday that they'll continue to sanction Tehran for its missile tests, support for terrorism and human rights violations. more...

13th May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Too Risky for Banks to Open Up to Iran, Despite Kerry’s Assurances

Mark Dubowitz

While the White House is encouraging foreign banks to do business with Iran, the Islamic Republic has continued to engage in the same illicit behavior that initially prompted its sanctioning, President Barack Obama’s former undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Friday. more...

13th May 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Done Deal?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

All administrations are short-sighted. Even the brightest, most reflective people can develop acute tunnel vision when they join the paper-pushing, crisis-a-minute senior ranks of the National Security Council and the State Department. more...

10th May 2016 – Quoted by Jacob Kornbluh - Jewish Insider

Why European banks, companies are avoiding Iran

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday pushed back against claims that U.S. restrictions are preventing European companies from doing business in Iran following last year’s nuclear deal. more...

6th May 2016 – The Huffington Post

Money Laundering For The Mullahs

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Islamic Republic of Iran has mounted a full court press to persuade the global financial community to overlook its long rap sheet of financial crimes. In recent weeks, two of the Islamic Republic's most savvy diplomats were on the offensive to persuade the Obama administration to green light Iran's access to U.S. dollar transactions. more...

6th May 2016 – Foreign Policy

Understanding the Promise — and Limits — of Sanctions

Eric B. Lorber

Last week, David Francis and Lara Jakes published a report for Foreign Policy, titled “Sanctions Are a Failure… Let’s Admit That,” on the feeling in Washington that recent attempts to impose biting economic sanctions have not achieved their objectives and have led to unintended and negative consequences. Francis and Jakes’s reporting overstate the findings of the scholarship in this area, including some of our own. (See also). more...

3rd May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran’s Excess Heavy Water Development Highlights Concerns over Compliance with Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

The United States agreed last month to buy 32 tons of excess “heavy water,” a byproduct of nuclear enrichment, from Iran, which had produced more heavy water than the agreed-upon limits of the nuclear deal it signed with global powers last year. more...

22nd April 2016 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Here’s How the Obama Administration Is Paying Millions Directly to Iran to Preserve the Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is paying $8.6 million directly to the government of Iran to buy 32 tons of heavy water, a top component to develop nuclear weapons — a transaction seen as a means of preserving the controversial nuclear agreement. more...

20th April 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Backlash grows over Obama’s Iran concession

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s hint that it was considering allowing Iran to access directly or indirectly U.S. dollars drew furious, negative reaction from both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) denounced the effort and called for the administration to reaffirm definitively its explicit promise that barriers to Iran’s accessing dollars would remain in place. more...

18th April 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Obama Administration Urges States to Lift Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

After lifting international and federal sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program, the Barack Obama administration is turning its attention to state governments. more...

17th April 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

A Clinton Iran approach Republicans could support

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton, who is in the course of a fierce struggle for the affection of the Democratic base, is not about to disown the JCPOA, President Obama’s signature second-term accomplishment. more...

17th April 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Top Iranian Banker Threatens End of Nuke Deal if U.S. Doesn’t Make Concessions

Mark Dubowitz

The governor of Iran’s central bank warned that if the United States doesn’t facilitate Iran’s reintegration into the international financial system, the nuclear deal will “[break] up under its own terms,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. more...

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Events

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.