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14th October 2015 – The Canadian Jewish News

Sanctions Targeting Iranian Human Rights Abusers are Right, Not Radical

Sheryl Saperia

On September 23rd, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson announced that the Conservatives, if re-elected, would amend the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) to include gross human rights abuses as new grounds for Canadian sanctions against foreign states, entities and individuals. more...

14th October 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Administration’s Orwellian Language

Mark Dubowitz

It is a truism that if one does not think straight, one’s words will be confused and one’s actions are likely to reflect that confusion. This is nowhere more evident than in the Obama administration, which now deploys Orwellian language to obscure evil and hide from its own obligations. more...

8th October 2015 – Business Insider

Here’s How to Stop Iran’s Revolutionary Guard From Profiting Off of the Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The slogan of Iran’s largest mobile telecommunication business, the Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI), is “Nobody is alone.” That sentiment is far from reassuring. more...

3rd October 2015 – Quoted by The Week Staff

The Iran Deal: A Brief Guide

Mark Dubowitz

Having survived Republican opposition in Congress, President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran will soon go into effect. Here, a brief rundown of the deal and its effects: more...

2nd October 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats Look for Cover on Lousy Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Nine Democrats trying frantically to dispel the impression that their party was sold a bill of goods on the Iran deal came out with legislation Thursday that they said would “strengthen U.S. policy toward Iran and to clarify aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that is set to take effect.” more...

1st October 2015 – Quoted by Todd Ruger and Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Supreme Court, Congress Take on Iran Terrorism Judgments

Mark Dubowitz

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a dispute over $1.75 billion in terrorism-related judgments against Iran while lawmakers moved to keep congressionally-imposed sanctions on the country until it pays $43 billion of such court-ordered judgments. more...

30th September 2015 – The Hill

Don’t Let the Revolutionary Guards Join Iran’s Gold Rush

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the regime's top exporter of terrorism and chief enforcer of repression at home. Regrettably, it is the IRGC that will benefit most from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement that world powers signed with Tehran in July. more...

28th September 2015 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Cardin’s Iran Bill Pleases Few on Either Side of Debate

Mark Dubowitz

A draft bill from Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin that aims to boost Israel’s security and constrain Iran’s potential to foment chaos in the Middle East doesn’t have many fans among both supporters and opponents of the recently concluded nuclear accord. more...

22nd September 2015 – Quoted by Makiko Kitamura Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Money Follows Diplomacy Into Iran as European Interest Heats Up

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Diplomacy came first, now it’s money’s turn. Two months after Iran and six world powers signed a landmark nuclear agreement, foreign companies are seeking to secure a foothold in an economy bigger than Thailand’s and oil reserves rivaling those of Canada. more...

21st September 2015 – Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

Done Deal For Iran Nuke Pact, But Debate Still in Congress

Mark Dubowitz

It's a done deal, yet opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement won't go quietly. more...

21st September 2015 – Quoted by David Yaffe-Bellany - Yale Daily News

Experts Square off on Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

More than 150 students gathered in Linsly-Chittenden Hall Sunday evening to watch two foreign policy experts spar over an issue that has drawn the praise of Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 and the ire of Henry Kissinger: the Iran deal. more...

21st September 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Still Hope for Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

To better understand tha Islamic Republic of Iran, don’t turn straight away to the front page of the newspaper. Rather flip to the labor union and business sections and press. Growing worker unrest, particularly among trade unions, suggests that regime change in Iran cannot be summarily dismissed. more...

18th September 2015 – Cited by Andrew McCarthy - National Review Online

Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact — Follow the Money

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Why on earth would Republicans do that?” That is a question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obama’s Iran deal. more...

18th September 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Our Iranian Interlocutor

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Antisemitism has never been an easy subject for America’s foreign-policy establishment. Read through State Department telegrams and Central Intelligence Agency operational and intelligence cables on the Middle East and you will seldom find it discussed, even though Jew-hatred—not just anti-Zionism—has been a significant aspect, if not a core component, of modern Arab nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, and what usually passes for critical thought among sophisticated Arab elites. more...

17th September 2015 – Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

Kasich: If Iran Helps Hezbollah, We Can ‘Slap the Sanctions Back On’

Mark Dubowitz

Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich said on Wednesday that he would take a wait-and-see approach to the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that if Tehran is found to be aiding Hezbollah and Hamas then the United States could “slap the sanctions back on.” more...

17th September 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Still Operating U.S.-Sanctioned Airline in Support of Assad, IRGC

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline is still operating in Europe, which it uses as a base to provide arms, fighters, and logistical support to the Syrian regime despite American sanctions against it. Benjamin Weinthal and Emanuele Ottolenghi, fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported Tuesday in Politico that Mahan Air continues to expand its European connections in the wake of the nuclear deal. more...

16th September 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What’s Next on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Post reports: Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a second Republican attempt to pass a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal. more...

16th September 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Khamenei-Run Foundation Will Receive Windfall From Nuclear Deal

A foundation run by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands to be a major beneficiary of lifted sanctions as part of the nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reported Tuesday. more...

15th September 2015 – Quoted by Orrin Hatch - The Washington Times

Why the Iran Deal Makes War More Likely

Mark Dubowitz

The Iranian regime is one of our most dangerous foes. It has declared the United States to be the Great Satan. It has repeatedly proclaimed its intent to wipe Israel off the map. It has perpetrated violence against American servicemen and civilians alike. more...

15th September 2015 – Politico Europe

The Wings of War

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

When Mahan Air, Iran’s largest private airline, bought nine used Airbus aircraft last May, Iranians celebrated the opportunity to upgrade their country’s aging, sanctions-hit commercial fleet. more...

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Events

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.