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17th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Russia’s Airline Aeroflot Carried Qassem Soleimani to Moscow and Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Fox News reported that on July 24, General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF), travelled to Moscow, met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and discussed possible future arms deals with Russian officials. more...

17th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Unraveling of Sanctions on the Quds Force’s Qassem Soleimani

Toby Dershowitz, Annie Fixler

Sanctions against Qassem Soleimani “will stay forever,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday. Soleimani is head of the Quds Force, the arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...

17th August 2015 – Quoted by David J. Lynch - Bloomberg

Iran’s Shopping List Disputed in U.S. Debate Over Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. debate over the Iran nuclear accord is turning in part on conflicting assessments of the Islamic Republic’s likely shopping list. While President Barack Obama contends Iran will fund urgent domestic needs with most of the money it obtains once frozen assets are released, his Republican opponents say they expect the newly flush Islamic Republic to binge on weapons support for regional terrorism. more...

17th August 2015 – Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

Iran Nuclear Deal Could Survive Even If Congress Disapproves

Mark Dubowitz

The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers reject the agreement, it's not game over for the White House. more...

17th August 2015 – Foreign Policy

How to Get a Better Deal With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal is a ticking time bomb. Its key provisions sunset too quickly, and it grants Iran too much leverage to engage in nuclear blackmail. To defuse it, Congress needs to do what it has done dozens of times in the past including during the Cold War in requiring changes to key U.S.-Soviet arms control agreements: Demand a better deal. more...

16th August 2015 – Quoted by Jeremy Bender and Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The World is Already Weakening One of the Key ‘Checks’ on the Iran Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Despite the fact that the US Congress has yet to sign off on the Iranian nuclear deal, Europe appears ready to forge ahead. Multiple European countries are already laying the groundwork for massive business opportunities in Iran. more...

15th August 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Embracing Iran: The Swiss Cheese Sanctions Policy

Benjamin Weinthal

The non-EU member Switzerland became the first Western country to lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. more...

14th August 2015 – Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Fareed Zakaria’s Unconvincing Case in Favor of the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Dear Dr. Zakaria, You have just published an open letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer explaining why you found his statement of opposition to the Iran deal “unconvincing.” more...

13th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran Deal Rewards Airlines that Served as IRGC Terror Fronts

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Between 2011 and 2013, the U.S. Department of Treasury designated five of the seventeen airlines currently operating in Iran for their support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). more...

13th August 2015 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

How the U.S. Will Ease Europe’s Iran Sanctions Jitters

Mark Dubowitz

In the final days of the Iran negotiations in Vienna, America's European partners asked Secretary of State John Kerry for a favor. They wanted a letter from Kerry promising that the U.S. Treasury Department would consult European companies on what kinds of investment in Iran would be permissible after U.N. sanctions were lifted. more...

13th August 2015 – Quoted by Cnaan Liphshiz - JTA

Can the US Trust Europe to Punish Iran If It Violates the Nuclear Deal?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Among his rationales for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said that he did not trust the three European Union partners to punish Iran should it violate the terms of the accord that offers the Islamic Republic sanctions relief in exchange for scaling back its nuclear activities. more...

13th August 2015 – The Blaze


Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD Senior Fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses the future of the sanctions regime against Iran. more...

13th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC’s Sanctions Relief Bonanza

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The European Union is slated to delist the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), its commanders, and dozens of its commercial entities within the next eight years, pursuant to the nuclear deal. Washington has downplayed this, noting that the agreement only grants relief for nuclear-related sanctions, and that the IRGC will benefit minimally if at all, noting that IRGC entities will remain under U.S. sanctions even after the EU has delisted them. more...

13th August 2015 – Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Daily Signal

Foreign Policy Experts Warn Against Iran Deal, Calling It ‘Threat’ to US Security

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Barack Obama has launched a sweeping campaign to sell his historic Iran deal to Congress, advertising the accord as the sole alternative to war with Tehran to convince skeptical lawmakers to buy in. more...

12th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC’s Ambivalent Response to the Nuclear Deal

Ali Alfoneh

With all eyes fixed on the battle between President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress over the nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s struggle against Iranian critics of the deal gains less attention in the Western media. But this battle could also be consequential. more...

12th August 2015 – Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

Europe’s Ayatollah Gold Rush

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The U.S. Congress still hasn’t voted on the nuclear deal with Iran, but European companies are already rushing to invest in the Islamic Republic. Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni last week led a business delegation to Tehran, where he told his hosts that “our two countries can work together in the fields of trade, commerce and economy,” according to Iranian media. more...

12th August 2015 – Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

How Obama Could Salvage the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

If Congress votes down the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama says, the agreement will collapse and war will come “soon.” more...

11th August 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

How Obama’s Deal Would Make the West Complicit in Funding Terrorism

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Concern about bolstering Iran’s support for international terrorism is reason enough to nix the Iran deal. One report explains: “‘Khatam al Anbia,’ the construction division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is about to become the wealthy magnate for a whole new corporate world in Iran.” more...

10th August 2015 – Quoted by Hana Levi Julian - The Jewish Press

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to Become Brokers for Newly Available Firms

Mark Dubowitz

‘Khatam al Anbia,’ the construction division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is about to become the wealthy magnate for a whole new corporate world in Iran. more...

10th August 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

WaPo Editorial: Reporter’s Trial Should be Warning for Companies Seeking to Invest in Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Companies and nations considering making an “unseemly rush” to open commercial ties with Iran in the wake of last month’s nuclear deal should take note of the ordeal of detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian before commencing business with the Islamic Republic, an editorial in the Post warned today. 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.