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28th July 2017 – The Hill

How Trump can show Iran that America will not be intimidated

Behnam Ben Taleblu


27th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Reassert Itself in Iran Policy Oversight

Tyler Stapleton

This week, Congress moved to sanction Iran, North Korea, and Russia in an attempt to reestablish the utility of financial restraints as a means of challenging the malign behavior of hostile regimes. more...

27th July 2017 – Fox News

Special Report

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu speaks about recent Iranian missile test on Special Report with Bret Baier. more...

25th July 2017 – Quoted by Iran Focus

West Must Protect Christians Fleeing Iran, as Monitoring by IRGC and Basij Continues

Benjamin Weinthal

While we know that Iran monitors Christians and other religious group within the country, a worldwide Christian ministry warns that this observation continues even after members of the faith have moved to the West. more...

25th July 2017 – Politico

How Trump should handle Iran

Eric S. Edelman

The Trump administration’s priority should be restoring leverage against Tehran, so that we can dissuade Iran from sprinting toward a bomb and create far more favorable circumstances to negotiate an agreement that—unlike Obama’s deal—actually prevents a nuclear Iran. more...

20th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New Sanctions Highlight the Need to Counter Iran’s Non-Nuclear Threats

Tyler Stapleton, Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a joint effort on Tuesday, the Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice released new designations of Iranian, Chinese, and Turkish procurement networks that have facilitated material support for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the country’s ballistic missile program. more...

19th July 2017 – Quoted by VOA News

Rouhani: Iran to ‘Stand Up’ to US for New Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will stand firm against the United States and respond to any new sanctions the U.S. imposes on the Islamic republic. more...

19th July 2017 – Quoted by Arab News

US slaps new sanctions on Iran over ballistic missiles, terrorism support

Mark Dubowitz

The US on Tuesday imposed a new set of economic sanctions on Iran due to Tehran’s continuing destabilizing regional policies and activities related to its ballistic missile program. more...

19th July 2017 – Newsradio WINA

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Foundation for Defense of Democracies: New Iran Sanctions and Senior Iran Analyst, Behnam Ben Taleblu calls in to update us on Nuclear compliance, what the deal requires, Ballistic missile agreement, Declaration of sanctions, and US options. more...

19th July 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Trump administration sanctions Iran but continues the Iran deal. FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses these developments. more...

19th July 2017 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Trump’s empty promise to reverse Obama’s Iran policy

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

President Trump reportedly battled with aides before deciding to certify that Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a decision that rankled opponents of the deal. While confirming Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, the Trump administration tried to signal its willingness to impose new sanctions for Iran’s non-nuclear behavior. more...

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Elliot Kaufman - National Review

The Iran-Deal Swindle

Two years on, the Iranian nuclear deal is a failure. more...

18th July 2017 – Quoted by Katie Bo WIlliams and Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Iran deal faces uncertain future under Trump

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Iran nuclear deal faces an uncertain future under President Trump, despite his reluctant decision on Monday to certify Iran’s compliance for the second time in his young presidency. more...

18th July 2017 – Foreign Policy

If Trump Is Serious About Curbing Iran, He’ll Kill Boeing’s Plan to Sell It Planes

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

If the president and his administration are as committed to combating terrorism and Iranian aggression as they’ve suggested, blocking the Boeing and Airbus deals really shouldn’t be too hard of a call. more...

18th July 2017 – The Tower

U.S. Finds Iran in Violation of Spirit of Nuclear Agreement, Imposes New Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration told Congress on Monday that while Iran has met the conditions necessary to be recertified as complying with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, it is violating “the spirit” of the pact through its destabilizing behavior across the Middle East. more...

16th July 2017 – Quoted by Josh Lederman - Associated Press

Trump lets Iran deal live, but signals he may not for long

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump was eager to declare Iran in breach of the nuclear deal but was talked out of it by national security aides who rushed to the Oval Office to persuade him as a midnight deadline approached, administration officials say. more...

14th July 2017 – Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

As Iran Berates US to Mark Second Anniversary of Nuclear Deal, Critics Warn of ‘Nuclear Armed Genoci

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s foreign minister marked the second anniversary of the 2015 nuclear deal on Friday by accusing the US of undermining the agreement. more...

14th July 2017 – Quoted by Zach Dorfman - Politico

The Ayatollah’s Billion-Dollar Alaskan Bag Man

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Did an elderly Korean-American salmon exporter become a money launderer for Iran? more...

13th July 2017 – Quoted by Karen DeYoung - The Washington Post

Trump administration plans to certify Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration, delaying an anticipated confrontation with Iran until the completion of a long-awaited policy review, plans to recertify Tehran’s compliance with the Obama-era nuclear deal, according to U.S. and foreign officials. more...

11th July 2017 – Quoted by Michael Rubin - Commentary Magazine

Why Germany Tolerates Iranian Cheating

Benjamin Weinthal

At both The Weekly Standard and the Jerusalem Post, the Foundation for Defense of Democracy’s Benjamin Weinthal exposes German intelligence reports that suggest that the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to work toward the goal of possessing nuclear weapons. 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.