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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...

19th January 2016 – The Hill

Congress should keep foreign investors from working with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Last weekend, the Obama administration and the European Union lifted sanctions against Tehran, less than a year after Iran and six world powers reached a nuclear deal. In preparation, the Islamic Republic has for months waged a charm to bring foreign investors to the Tehran Stock Exchange (TSE). more...

18th January 2016 – USA Today

Don’t reward rogue behavior: Opposing view

Jonathan Schanzer

While we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief that the nightmare for five Americans is over and they are now out of Iranian custody, the White House’s decision to yield to the demands of a state sponsor of terrorism is cause for deep concern on several fronts. more...

17th January 2016 – FOX News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran, sanctions, and Implementation Day. more...

16th January 2016 – Quoted by Toluse Olorunnipa and Angela Greiling Keane - Bloomberg

Benefits of Iran Sanctions Relief to Bypass Most U.S. Firms

Mark Dubowitz

The lifting of sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear deal with world powers may be a bonanza for companies in Europe and Asia, but not so much for those in the U.S. more...

15th January 2016 – CNN

The Lead with Jake Tapper

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran's capture of 10 sailors and sanctions relief. more...

15th January 2016 – CBS Radio

CBS News

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on Iran's sanctions relief windfall. more...

13th January 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama is Out to Lunch on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama reminded us in his State of the Union address that he considers his Iran deal a great achievement. In the real world, Iran has sent troops into Syria, grabbed another American to join those held against their will, conducted two ballistic missile tests in contravention of United Nations resolutions, threatened to speed up its missile program, and increased oppression of its own people. more...

13th January 2016 – Quoted by Stephen Collinson - CNN

U.S. Sailors’ Release: Diplomatic Coup or Cowing to Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Peace didn't suddenly break out Wednesday despite Iran's freeing of 10 U.S. sailors who strayed into Iranian waters the day before. more...

12th January 2016 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Sanctions Relief for Iran Could Come This Week

Iran has met all the requirements under its nuclear deal with world powers to gain relief from international sanctions beginning as early as this week. Yet that long-awaited moment may prove to be a bit of a political and economic letdown for the Islamic Republic. more...

12th January 2016 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - Congressional Quarterly

Iran Sanctions Bill Faces Steep White House, Democratic Opposition

Mark Dubowitz

The House this week is expected to pass legislation that if implemented would likely kill the Iran nuclear deal. more...

11th January 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Sanctions Delay Lets Tehran Expand Missile Power

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the international nuclear deal with Iran nears its implementation phase, Tehran is preparing for sanctions relief. However, the Islamic Republic has already been reaping dividends from relief of another sort. more...

9th January 2016 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Saudi-Iran Crisis is Latest Reality Check for Nuke Deal Backers

Mark Dubowitz

Just months after the conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama administration hoped would help defuse a volatile region, the Middle East seems ready to spiral out of control. more...

8th January 2016 – Quoted by Taimur Khan - The National

United States Still Considering Fresh Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is still weighing whether it will impose fresh sanctions on Iran over ballistic missile tests conducted late last year, after preparing and then suddenly delaying the new measures last week. more...

31st December 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Obama Administration is Playing a ‘Game of Whack-a-Mole’ With Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration is planning a new round of sanctions against individuals and companies in Iran over the country's ballistic-missile program, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. 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.