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13th June 2014 – Quoted by Arshad Mohammed & Timothy Gardner - Reuters

Why Higher Iran Oil Exports Are Not Roiling Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

At first glance, Iran appears to have exported more oil than allowed under a nuclear agreement with major powers, but rather than complaining, U.S. officials argue Tehran is skating just inside the deal's ambiguous limits. more...

13th June 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Heading For Disaster In Iran

Ali Alfoneh

As Iraq descends into chaos, the looming threat of a nuclear-armed Iran hangs over the Middle East. more...

12th June 2014 – Quoted by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan & Anthony DiPaola, Bloomberg News

Growing Iran Oil Exports Challenge U.S. Nuclear Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Iran’s oil exports have risen this year, according to Bloomberg calculations, a trend that threatens to violate U.S. sanctions on the Islamic Republic’s main source of revenue. more...

10th June 2014 – Quoted by Shahrzad Elghanayan - The New York Times

Clerical Rules, Luxury Lifestyle

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nouveaux riches in Tehran drive Porsches, Ferraris and Maseratis and live in multimillion-dollar luxury apartments replete with walk-in closets, Bosch appliances and computerized shower systems. more...

10th June 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Where Does Iran’s Supreme Leader Stand on Nuclear Diplomacy?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As the deadline for the expiration of the Joint Plan of Action (JPOA) nears, Iran and the P5+1 continue to work towards solving the various outstanding issues preventing a comprehensive nuclear deal. more...

5th June 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Overtures To The Gulf

Oren Adaki

Sheikh Sabah al Ahmed al Sabah, Emir of Kuwait, concluded a two day landmark visit to Iran on Monday, the first such visit by a Kuwaiti... more...

3rd June 2014 – Quoted by Annie Lowrey - The New York Times

Aiming Financial Weapons From Treasury War Room

Mark Dubowitz

In a dingy suite of offices in a Treasury Department annex, the troops work into the night... more...

3rd June 2014 – Forbes

Prepaid Cards May Be Iran’s Latest Sanctions-Busting Tactic

Emanuele Ottolenghi


29th May 2014 – Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Alex Lawler, Reuters

Iran’s Oil Exports Turn Higher In May

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's crude oil exports increased in May after a decline in April, according to sources who track tanker movements... more...

28th May 2014 – Cited by Omri Ceren, The Tower

State Dept. Pressed Over Iran Sanctions - Busting As Concerns Mount About Eroded Leverage

Timothy Wilson, Mark Dubowitz

The State Department was pressed on Tuesday over mounting evidence that Iranian crude export violations... more...

25th May 2014 – Cited by The Chicago Tribune

Make Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Stick

Mark Dubowitz

With a July 20 deadline approaching, Iranian and Western nuclear negotiators recently were supposed to start drafting a final... more...

23rd May 2014 – FDD Policy Brief

Has Iran Exceeded JPOA Oil Export Limits?

Timothy Wilson

Iran’s crude oil supertankers are likely exporting more oil than planned and agreed upon under the Joint Plan Of Action (JPOA). more...

22nd May 2014 – The National Interest

Iran: The Psychology of Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Despite the current impasse in negotiations with the Islamic Republic of Iran over the fate of its once-clandestine military-nuclear program, U.S. officials remain hopeful that a final accord is within reach. more...

20th May 2014 – The New Yorker

The Adversary: Is Iran’s nuclear negotiator, Javad Zarif, for real?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

September 4th of last year, shortly after Javad Zarif was named Iran’s foreign minister, a new Twitter account with the handle @JZarif posted its first tweet... more...

15th May 2014 – Quoted by Josh Rogin, The Daily Beast

Hillary Clinton Celebrates the Iran Sanctions That Her State Department Tried to Stop

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton is now claiming to be the architect of crippling sanctions on the Iranian economy. But during her tenure at Secretary of... more...

15th May 2014 – FDD Iran Sanctions Analysis

New Sentiment Indicator Shows Positive Impact of Sanctions Relief on Iran’s Economy

Mark Dubowitz

With P5+1 negotiators back in Vienna trying to hammer out a nuclear deal with Iran, a new quantitative indicator developed by Roubini Global Economics working... more...

15th May 2014 – Quoted by Ali Weinberg, ABC News

Hillary Revising History of Her Iran Sanctions Role, Senator Claims

Mark Dubowitz

One Republican senator accused Hillary Clinton of exaggerating her role in imposing sanctions on Iran when she was Secretary of State... more...

15th May 2014 – Quoted by Alex Lawler and Jonathan Saul, Reuters

Iran’s April Oil Exports Fall Closer to West’s Sanctions Cap

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's oil exports dropped for a second month in April, the International Energy Agency said, moving closer to levels allowed by November's... more...

14th May 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell, USA TODAY

Iran Nuclear Deal May Leave Program in Place, Say Analysts

Mark Dubowitz

The emerging deal with Iran over its disputed nuclear program appears headed toward limiting the time it would take the Islamic republic... more...

14th May 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Iran Isn’t Complying with the Interim Deal

Mark Dubowitz

A fundamental requirement of the interim deal — Iran’s cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency personnel — is not being fulfilled. The White House’s... more...


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26th August 2014 - 11:45 AM

Polling the Iranian Street: A Look Inside the Prospects for Reform in Iran

The IMF reports that Iran is experiencing a modest economic recovery. While the Iranian regime has used the breathing space to build greater resiliency, the overall standard of living for the Iranian people is not improving. At the same time, the tempo of arrests and executions has increased, freedom of the press has been further curtailed, Green Movement leaders Mir Hussein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi remain in isolation, and public protests over Iranian involvement in Syria and Iraq have increased.

What does President Rouhani’s failure to improve economic conditions and human rights for average Iranians say about his political will and Iran’s capacity for meaningful reform? Is there still a significant domestic movement for real reform? What do these and other factors indicate for the strength and stability of the Iranian regime? How do these factors impact P5+1 negotiations and future U.S. policy towards Iran?

17th July 2014 - 11:45 AM

High Standards and High Stakes: Defining Terms of an Acceptable Iran Nuclear Deal

As the P5+1 approaches the July 20th deadline for a final Iran nuclear deal, what standards should Congress seek in an acceptable agreement? And what are the stakes for the United States and its allies? Join BPC, FPI, and FDD for a public forum on these and other questions featuring Members of Congress and experts.