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30th June 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer, Aykan Erdemir

FDD senior fellows Aykan Erdemir and Jonathan Schanzer joined the John Batchelor show to comment on the Istanbul airport attack and the Iran-Boeing deal. more...

30th June 2016 – Huffington Post Politics

Now Is Not The Time To Lift Sanctions On Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Islamic Republic of Iran is energetically trying to legitimize its financial sector despite a decades-long rap sheet of illicit financial activities. more...

29th June 2016 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

IMF Official Says There’s a ‘Buzz’ About Doing Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A senior International Monetary Fund official expressed optimism about Iran's ability to increase global confidence in its economy Wednesday, after months of international reluctance to invest and trade there despite sanctions relief from the Iran deal. more...

28th June 2016 – Forbes

Risky Business In Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the intergovernmental organization that sets global standards to combat money laundering and finance for terrorism and proliferation, had a clear message for financial institutions last week when it declined to remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from its high-risk blacklist: Iran may say it’s open for business but it’s not yet safe to do it. more...

27th June 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

How Obama’s Iran Policy Undermines Clinton’s Campaign Message

Mark Dubowitz

In a year when the GOP has grown increasingly fractured, it's easy to lose sight of a foreign-policy schism inside the other major party. After all, the presumptive Democratic nominee was the current president's first secretary of state. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

Money-Laundering Standards Body Suspends Some Iran Restrictions

The Financial Action Task Force, an international anti-money-laundering standards body, said Friday it would suspend some of its restrictions against Iran for a year to monitor Tehran’s progress implementing changes to its regulatory regime. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Top economies ease penalties on Iran over money laundering

Mark Dubowitz

The world's major economies on Friday suspended anti-money laundering measures against Iran for a year despite concerns that the Islamic Republic uses its financial sector to protect criminal enterprises and fund terrorist activity. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Watchdog Ruling Proves It’s Still Unsafe to Do Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The decision by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial watchdog supported by more than 30 Western countries, to suspend countermeasures against Iran for one year rather than totally remove the country from its blacklist is a sign that Iran “still has a long way to go before it’s safe to do business there,” experts from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in a policy brief on Friday. more...

22nd June 2016 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Officials Urge Financial Watchdog to Strengthen Counter-Measures Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A group of think tank scholars, congressmen, and intelligence officials is urging an intergovernmental financial watchdog to keep Iran on its so-called blacklist, despite Obama administration officials' vocal encouragement of trade and investment in the Islamic Republic. more...

21st June 2016 – The Hill

The risks of the Iran-Boeing deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Boeing's potential deal to sell aircraft to Iran may have benefits for the company's ledger and for the U.S. banks that will finance it. But the deal is also fraught with danger, including the possibility that the aircraft may one day become a tool for Iran's ongoing support for atrocities and war crimes in Syria. more...

17th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Lawmakers Warn Boeing That Selling Jets to Iran Could Further Destabilize Middle East

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Leading Republican congressmen have warned Boeing Corporation not to proceed with a rumored deal to sell approximately 100 planes to Iran, pointing out that aircraft could be used to boost the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East, Fox News reported on Friday. more...

17th June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-Boeing Deal: Rewards and Risks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran’s minister of transport, Abbas Akhoundi, announced an aircraft deal this week with U.S. aviation industry giant, Boeing. more...

16th June 2016 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowtiz discusses FDD's latest report with Roubini Global Economics on the post-JCPOA growth of the Iranian economy. more...

16th June 2016 – Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iranian Economy on the Rise Since Signing of Nuclear Deal, Say Authors of New Analysis

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Due to sanctions relief granted to Iran by the nuclear agreement reached last year between six world powers and the Islamic Republic, the Iranian economy is expected to grow by 3.7% in the coming fiscal year and between 4%-4.5% annually over the next five years, an analysis published on Wednesday by the Washington, DC-based think tank Foundation For Defense of Democracies (FDD) concluded. more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iranian News Agency Threatened Lebanese Banks Hours Before Beirut Bombing

Tony Badran

A semi-official Iranian news agency issued a report threatening Lebanon’s banking sector if it complied with a U.S. sanctions law targeting Hezbollah just hours before a bomb exploded outside a Beirut bank on Sunday, NOW Media news reported on Monday. more...

9th June 2016 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

The Iran Deal, One Year In: Economic, Nuclear, and Regional Implications

John Hannah, Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal posed a simple trade: In exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit its nuclear capabilities, economic sanctions would be lifted. But the devil is in the details concerning, for example, a role for missiles on the nuclear side of the equation and state sponsorship of terrorism on the sanctions relief side. more...

26th May 2016 – CSIF Policy Brief

How Iran Taints the Dollar

Eric B. Lorber

For the past two months, a debate has raged between the Obama administration and Congress over whether last summer’s nuclear deal provides Tehran access to dollars outside of the U.S. financial system. In a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Chairman Ed Royce was able to finally reveal Treasury’s thinking on the matter. more...

26th May 2016 – Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Iran has limited, indirect access to US dollars, Treasury official says

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has no jurisdiction over foreign banks engaging with Iran in US dollars, but will continue to bar the country from directly accessing the American financial system, a senior Treasury Department official said on Wednesday. more...

26th May 2016 – Real Clear World

Obama Administration Helps Iran Get Its Money Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On March 19, the FBI arrested Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab upon his arrival in Miami for evading sanctions against Iran, money laundering, and bank fraud. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Do the opposite of what the Obama administration wants on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration has been wrong again and again on Iran. It has overestimated Iran’s desire to be a normal country in the “international community” and underestimated its determination to continue on its course of domestic repression, regional aggression and defiance of international obligations. Unfortunately, it keeps doubling down. 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.