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5th August 2015 – The National Review

Why Obama Is Wrong to Compare Himself to JFK

Jonathan Schanzer, Clifford D. May

Speaking at American University today in defense of his nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama twice invoked President John F. Kennedy. more...

4th August 2015 – WSJ Live

Opinion Journal

Claudia Rosett

Foundation for Defense of Democracies Journalist in Residence Claudia Rosett explains how Pyongyang benefits from U.S.-Iran détente. more...

4th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Majles and the JCPOA

Amir Toumaj

In the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed last month, Iran’s concessions on its nuclear activities have sunset clauses that begin expiring in year 10. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by by i24 News

Firm Whose Crane Was Used for Hangings Set to Re-enter Iran Market

Benjamin Weinthal

An Austrian company, Palfinger AG, whose crane equipment was used to for executions, is set to re-enter the Iranian market. Company head Herbert Ortner says there is strong demand for cranes in Iran because there is no local production, the Austria Press Agency reported. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

The Limitations of Sanctions on Iran

Juan Zarate

The parts of the Iran nuclear agreement that would lift sanctions are among its most complicated and controversial elements, partly because there is disagreement about what effect the sanctions have had on Tehran’s nuclear program. more...

2nd August 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Business As Usual: Austria to Sell Iran Cranes for Possible Use in Hangings

Benjamin Weinthal

Traditionally, Austrian governments have been the least critical of the Islamic Republic’s human rights violations. Now, Austria’s government plans to rekindle a business relationship that could involve the export of cranes, to be used to hang Iranians. more...

2nd August 2015 – Salem Media

Lisa Benson Radio Show

James Woolsey

FDD Chairman James Woolsey appears on the Lisa Benson Show to answer questions: Does East Coast have missile defense? Is Obama failing to protect American people? more...

1st August 2015 – The Blaze

The Jacki Daily Show

James Woolsey

Amb. Jim Woolsey explains why this is a disastrous deal for the U.S., what he would be thinking if he were still Director of the CIA and what to expect when this petro-state goes nuclear. more...

31st July 2015 – Energy Compass

The Iran Deal and the Challenge of Sanctions Relief

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

Reaching a nuclear deal with Iran was a substantial undertaking for the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reflects that. more...

31st July 2015 – The World Affairs Journal

Iran’s Expendable President Rouhani

Ali Alfoneh

While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif celebrate their recent nuclear negotiating triumph, neither they nor their Washington-based fans should pop the Zamzam cola just yet. more...

31st July 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

History Contradicts the Dream of Iranian Moderation

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Most backers of the nuclear accord with Iran hopefully insist that the theocratic regime will moderate once sanctions are lifted. Plugged back into the global economy, Iran will become less militant. more...

31st July 2015 – Quoted by George F. Will - The New York Post

The Arrogance - and Futility - of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. more...

30th July 2015 – The Tower Magazine

Gold Rush: The Dismantling of the Sanctions Regime Against Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With most sanctions scheduled to be lifted on Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal signed in Vienna by Iran with the six world powers charged with negotiating over its nuclear program will inaugurate the rapid revival of Iran’s economy. more...

28th July 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

IRGC to Cash in On Nuke Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is poised to reap a large windfall as a result of a recently inked nuclear accord with Western powers that will fully remove economic sanctions on the fighting force and allow it to continue pursuing rogue activities across the globe, according to analysts and a copy of entities set to be delisted as part of the agreement. more...

28th July 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Khamenei’s Financial Empire

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration is gearing up to lift economic sanctions on a nearly $100 billion network of organizations belonging to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to the parameters of the recent Iranian nuclear deal. more...

27th July 2015 – The Hill Times

Canada Is Right Not To Lift Iran Sanctions Prematurely

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that six world powers signed with Iran earlier this month will soon remove most international sanctions in exchange for Iran’s acceptance of long-term restrictions on its nuclear program. more...

27th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

EU Delisting of IRGC Construction Giant Will Boost Terror Financing

Ali Alfoneh

The Iran nuclear deal signed July 14 stipulates that eight years after its implementation, the European Union will delist a construction conglomerate owned by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...

27th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Under Iran Agreement, U.S. Will Delist All Entities Controlled by Supreme Leader

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Of all the sanctions to be lifted in last week’s Iran nuclear agreement, few are more significant than those against a shadowy $100-billion network of foundations belonging to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. more...

27th July 2015 – Quoted by David Daoud - The Algemeiner

Iran Set to Receive Massive Relief From SWIFT Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian media outlets have been reporting that Iran is set to receive massive relief from the world’s biggest interbank transfer network, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) sanctions. more...

26th July 2015 – Kayhan TV

EU Delisting of IRGC Companies

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh comments on the EU delisting of IRGC companies as a part of the Iran nuclear deal. 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.