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29th March 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Expands Covert Ballistic Missile Program, Dismisses U.S. Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is covertly expanding an underground network of ballistic missile construction and testing sites, despite new U.S. sanctions aimed at deterring the Islamic Republic’s illicit program, which is believed to be focused on the delivery of a nuclear warhead. more...

28th March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Lawmakers, Experts Question Administration’s Interest in Granting Iran More Sanctions Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration appears willing to offer new sanctions relief to Iran, including allowing the country to access the U.S. financial market, causing concern among lawmakers and experts, the Associated Press reported Thursday. more...

28th March 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

Dollarizing the Ayatollahs

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The bruising battle between the president and Congress surrounding the Iran nuclear deal is over. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite its many troubling flaws, is already being implemented. Yet now another nasty battle is brewing. more...

17th March 2016 – Research Memo

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program and Economic Sanctions

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program and Economic Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran this week engaged in a series of ballistic-missile drills, launching next-generation short-, medium-, and long range missiles from silos and missile bases built deep underground and in mountains. It was the third ballistic missile test since last summer’s nuclear deal. more...

14th March 2016 – Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen - Newsweek

How Babak Zanjani Went From Iran’s Top Sanctions Buster To Dead Billionaire Walking

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For the past two years, while he was languishing in Tehran’s Evin Prison, the world seemed to forget Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani. But he returned to the headlines on March 6, when an Iranian court sentenced him to death. more...

11th March 2016 – Quoted by Rebecca Shimono Stoil - The Times of Israel

White House under pressure to respond to Iran’s missile tests

Mark Dubowitz

Despite pressure from Congress, the Obama administration continued to move slowly toward acknowledging that Iran had violated a UN Security Council resolution prohibiting ballistic missile tests, and gestured toward a moremoderate sanctions response – if any – to Tehran’s actions. more...

11th March 2016 – C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz talked about Iran’s test-firing of two ballistic missiles and how the test could affect the Iran nuclear agreement. more...

10th March 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on Iran's recent ballistic missile tests and his recent analysis in USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. more...

3rd March 2016 – Quoted by Elise Labott and Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Iran elected reformers. Will that change relations with the West?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's reformers claimed election victories this week, but the preliminary outcome shows no signs of quieting the raging debate over Iranian intentions in the aftermath of the nuclear deal with Tehran. more...

24th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Defense Experts: U.S. Must Block Iran’s Attempts to Upgrade its Cruise Missile Arsenal

Mark Dubowitz

The United States must take steps to neutralize the threat of Iran’s cruise missile program, researchers at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs wrote in The Wall Street Journal Monday. more...

21st February 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

Where Obama Fails on Iran Sanctions, the Gulf States Can Step In

David Andrew Weinberg, Mark Dubowitz

Meaningful new U.S. sanctions on Iran will have to wait for the next administration. President Obama continues to oppose congressional efforts to inflict financial pain on Tehran for its malign activities. more...

12th February 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Global Banks Wrestle with Iran’s Return

Annie Fixler

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...

11th February 2016 – Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

US seeks to block sanctioned Iranian airline’s flights into Europe

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration is warning European countries and companies to shut out a sanctioned Iranian airline or risk US retaliation, Treasury officials told Al-Monitor. more...

4th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: U.S. Must Ground Iranian Airline that Transports Troops, Weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States’ failure to ground a sanctioned Iranian airline that provides logistical support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria underscores a severe loss of American credibility, which the Obama administration should immediately act to restore by penalizing companies and financial institutions that allow the airline to operate, Emanuele Ottolenghi, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an op-ed (Google link) published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal. more...

3rd February 2016 – The Wall Street Journal Europe

Flying in the Face of U.S. Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Mahan Air is an Iranian passenger airline that also happens to be a favorite with the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC uses Mahan planes to ferry weapons and personnel to aid the Syrian regime. That’s according to the U.S. government, which has repeatedly committed itself to grounding the airline. Yet Mahan continues to fly the friendly Middle East skies and is even expanding its operations. more...

29th January 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses terror finance and his recent article in Newsweek. more...

28th January 2016 – Business Insider

France just formally welcomed the Iranian president — and his checkbook

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Hassan Rouhani visited Paris on Thursday, part of the first European visit by an Iranian president in 16 years. The trip, which follows Rouhani’s visit to Rome earlier in the week, is aimed at boosting Tehran’s trade with Europe after years of sanctions. more...

20th January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Mulls Next Steps as Iran Sanctions Unwind

Tyler Stapleton, Annie Fixler

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...

20th January 2016 – AM 1130

Up and At Em

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses sanctions relief, the prisoner swap, and diplomacy with Iran. more...

20th January 2016 – Quoted by Matt Pearce - Los Angeles Times

Where are Iran’s billions in frozen assets, and how soon will it get them back?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's "frozen" money has begun to thaw. For years, Iran had tens of billions of dollars worth of funds that were languishing in banks, unable to be used, because of global sanctions. 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.