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25th May 2016 – Quoted by Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Lawmakers press Obama officials on Iran nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal is being fully implemented, according to Obama administration officials who told skeptical lawmakers Wednesday that they'll continue to sanction Tehran for its missile tests, support for terrorism and human rights violations. more...

13th May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Too Risky for Banks to Open Up to Iran, Despite Kerry’s Assurances

Mark Dubowitz

While the White House is encouraging foreign banks to do business with Iran, the Islamic Republic has continued to engage in the same illicit behavior that initially prompted its sanctioning, President Barack Obama’s former undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed Friday. more...

13th May 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Done Deal?

Reuel Marc Gerecht

All administrations are short-sighted. Even the brightest, most reflective people can develop acute tunnel vision when they join the paper-pushing, crisis-a-minute senior ranks of the National Security Council and the State Department. more...

10th May 2016 – Quoted by Jacob Kornbluh - Jewish Insider

Why European banks, companies are avoiding Iran

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday pushed back against claims that U.S. restrictions are preventing European companies from doing business in Iran following last year’s nuclear deal. more...

6th May 2016 – The Huffington Post

Money Laundering For The Mullahs

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Islamic Republic of Iran has mounted a full court press to persuade the global financial community to overlook its long rap sheet of financial crimes. In recent weeks, two of the Islamic Republic's most savvy diplomats were on the offensive to persuade the Obama administration to green light Iran's access to U.S. dollar transactions. more...

6th May 2016 – Foreign Policy

Understanding the Promise — and Limits — of Sanctions

Eric B. Lorber

Last week, David Francis and Lara Jakes published a report for Foreign Policy, titled “Sanctions Are a Failure… Let’s Admit That,” on the feeling in Washington that recent attempts to impose biting economic sanctions have not achieved their objectives and have led to unintended and negative consequences. Francis and Jakes’s reporting overstate the findings of the scholarship in this area, including some of our own. (See also). more...

3rd May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran’s Excess Heavy Water Development Highlights Concerns over Compliance with Nuclear Deal

Olli Heinonen

The United States agreed last month to buy 32 tons of excess “heavy water,” a byproduct of nuclear enrichment, from Iran, which had produced more heavy water than the agreed-upon limits of the nuclear deal it signed with global powers last year. more...

22nd April 2016 – Quoted by Fred Lucas - The Blaze

Here’s How the Obama Administration Is Paying Millions Directly to Iran to Preserve the Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is paying $8.6 million directly to the government of Iran to buy 32 tons of heavy water, a top component to develop nuclear weapons — a transaction seen as a means of preserving the controversial nuclear agreement. more...

20th April 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Backlash grows over Obama’s Iran concession

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s hint that it was considering allowing Iran to access directly or indirectly U.S. dollars drew furious, negative reaction from both sides of the aisle. On Monday, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) denounced the effort and called for the administration to reaffirm definitively its explicit promise that barriers to Iran’s accessing dollars would remain in place. more...

18th April 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Obama Administration Urges States to Lift Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

After lifting international and federal sanctions related to Iran's nuclear program, the Barack Obama administration is turning its attention to state governments. more...

17th April 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

A Clinton Iran approach Republicans could support

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton, who is in the course of a fierce struggle for the affection of the Democratic base, is not about to disown the JCPOA, President Obama’s signature second-term accomplishment. more...

17th April 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Top Iranian Banker Threatens End of Nuke Deal if U.S. Doesn’t Make Concessions

Mark Dubowitz

The governor of Iran’s central bank warned that if the United States doesn’t facilitate Iran’s reintegration into the international financial system, the nuclear deal will “[break] up under its own terms,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. more...

15th April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Center for Illicit Finance

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Iranian Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif is in Washington this week to attend summits at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, make the rounds at think tanks, and meet with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew. more...

15th April 2016 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNSNews.com

Treasury Official: New Iran Sanctions Legislation Would Risk Int’l Unity

Any attempt by Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program would jeopardize international unity, a senior U.S. Treasury Department official said Wednesday. more...

15th April 2016 – Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal - Risk and Compliance Journal

The Morning Risk Report: Szubin’s Iran Deal Defense, Guidance

A top U.S. Treasury Department official on Wednesday defended the Iran nuclear agreement before an audience that has been hostile to it, telling the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that lifting the U.S. nuclear-related sanctions “was the incentive” for Tehran to give up its nuclear program. more...

14th April 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Tensions Rise Over Granting Iran Access to U.S. Dollar

Treasury Department officials are moving to reassure Congress that Iran will not be granted access to U.S. financial markets following comments by top Obama administration officials suggesting such a plan was under consideration, according to correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and conversations with congressional sources. more...

13th April 2016 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Amid rumors, White House rules out giving Iran access to US dollar

The Obama administration will continue to block Iran’s access to the dollar or the U.S. financial system, its top sanctions official said amid speculation to the contrary. more...

13th April 2016 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

U.S. Frowns on New Iran Sanctions by Congress After Missile Test

A top Treasury Department official argued against imposing new legislative sanctions on Iran after its ballistic missile tests last month, even as he said the Islamic Republic would remain blocked from the U.S. financial system. more...

12th April 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Granting Iran Access to Dollars Endangers Global Banking System

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

Giving Iran access to U.S. dollars in order to boost its international business profile would erode diplomatic leverage against the Islamic Republic and jeopardize the international banking system, experts said in a conference call with the Foreign Policy Initiative last week. more...

7th April 2016 – Interviewed by The Foreign Policy Initiative

FPI Conference Call: Implications of Granting Iran Access to U.S. Financial Market

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

On April 7, 2016, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a conference call about the implications of the Obama administration’s plan to grant Iran access to the U.S. financial system. 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.