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12th January 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Designates Iranian Chief Justice

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

The U.S. Treasury Department designated Ayatollah Sadegh Amoli Larijani today under non-nuclear authorities for his role in the human rights violations in Iran. As Iran’s chief justice and head of the judicial branch since August 2009, Larijani has for nearly a decade overseen the Islamic Republic’s judicial apparatus, a central component of the regime’s repression of the Iranian people. more...

20th October 2017 – FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance Policy Brief

Implications of the New IRGC Sanctions

Annie Fixler

The U.S. Treasury designated Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under Executive Order 13224 for its support for terrorism last Friday, pursuant to Congressional legislation. While the immediate legal implications are limited, the designation of the IRGC in its entirely sends a chilling message to companies doing business in Iran. more...

18th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani Will Seek to Divide the West at the UN General Assembly

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will deliver his fifth annual address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) this Wednesday. Rouhani is likely to emphasize two related themes that are key to the Iranian strategy of dividing the United States from its partners in Europe with regard to addressing the nuclear threat from Iran. more...

18th September 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Certifying Iran’s Compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Certifying Iran’s Compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Tzvi Kahn

On August 31, major Western media outlets reported that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had once again certified Iran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal. is assertion, which purported to reflect the IAEA’s seventh and latest post-implementation report on Tehran’s nuclear activities, mirrors statements by the Iranian government and key world leaders in response to the agency’s previous reports. more...

15th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Officials Charged in Iran Sanctions-Busting Case

Aykan Erdemir

U.S. authorities last week charged Turkey’s former economy minister with conspiring to evade sanctions against Iran. The fourth superseding indictment in a case that initially involved Iranian-Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab and two Iranian accomplices has brought the total number of defendants to nine. more...

18th August 2017 – Institute for Science and International Security

Revisiting Parchin

Olli Heinonen

Fear of derailing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and facing political pressure led the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the summer of 2015 to negotiate a problematic arrangement with Iran regarding nuclear weapons development activities at a site at the Parchin military complex. more...

15th August 2017 – The Jerusalem Post

Report: Iran And Russia Violated UN Weapons Sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

German media and state intelligence agencies revealed how Russia and Iran bypassed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear accord. more...

14th August 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Iran’s Compliance with UNSCR 2231: Alleged Violations Must Be Addressed

Behnam Ben Taleblu

UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 2231 implements the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and imposes missile- and arms-related restrictions. Little-noticed biannual reporting by the UN Secretary General alleges that Iran is repeatedly violating these non-nuclear provisions. Thus far, the United States has responded to such violations with sanctions and designations of Iranian and foreign entities supporting Tehran’s ballistic missile development. However, the UN and its member states have not responded. More must be done to investigate allegations of noncompliance and to punish violations of the resolution. more...

28th July 2017 – The Hill

How Trump can show Iran that America will not be intimidated

Behnam Ben Taleblu

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27th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Reassert Itself in Iran Policy Oversight

Tyler Stapleton

This week, Congress moved to sanction Iran, North Korea, and Russia in an attempt to reestablish the utility of financial restraints as a means of challenging the malign behavior of hostile regimes. more...

25th July 2017 – Politico

How Trump should handle Iran

Eric S. Edelman

The Trump administration’s priority should be restoring leverage against Tehran, so that we can dissuade Iran from sprinting toward a bomb and create far more favorable circumstances to negotiate an agreement that—unlike Obama’s deal—actually prevents a nuclear Iran. more...

20th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New Sanctions Highlight the Need to Counter Iran’s Non-Nuclear Threats

Tyler Stapleton, Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a joint effort on Tuesday, the Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice released new designations of Iranian, Chinese, and Turkish procurement networks that have facilitated material support for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the country’s ballistic missile program. more...

18th July 2017 – Foreign Policy

If Trump Is Serious About Curbing Iran, He’ll Kill Boeing’s Plan to Sell It Planes

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

If the president and his administration are as committed to combating terrorism and Iranian aggression as they’ve suggested, blocking the Boeing and Airbus deals really shouldn’t be too hard of a call. more...

8th July 2017 – Jerusalem Post

Iran Seeking Nuclear Weapons Technology, German Intel Says

Benjamin Weinthal

Damning German intelligence reports emerged in June and July revealing the Iranian regime’s continued pursuit of nuclear weapons and missile technology in defiance of international sanctions and UN resolutions. more...

6th July 2017 – Fox News

Iran illegally seeking weapons tech from German firms, according to report

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran is targeting German companies in its bid to advance its missile program, in possible violation of an international agreement, and at least on occasion with the aid of a Chinese company, according to a damning recent report from a German intelligence agency. more...

14th June 2017 – FDD Memo

Drawing a “Broader Conclusion” on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Olli Heinonen

Under the terms of the nuclear deal with Iran, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), key restrictions would expire if the IAEA formally reaches a “broader conclusion” that Tehran’s nuclear program is entirely peaceful. Such a conclusion would result in the lifting of the UN’s remaining non-nuclear sanctions, including the ban on ballistic missile testing and the conventional arms embargo. more...

18th May 2017 – Foreign Policy

Why Trump’s Iran Sanctions Waiver Should Worry the Mullahs

John Hannah

As part of the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that he inherited from his predecessor, President Donald Trump yesterday was forced to decide whether to renew the U.S. waiver on sanctions targeting Iran’s oil exports. Rather than violate the JCPOA and risk an early diplomatic crisis, the president — who has dubbed the nuclear deal the “worst” in history — swallowed hard and waived. more...

3rd April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Gets a Raise

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian parliament passed two pieces of legislation this month with wide-reaching repercussions for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...

29th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Congress Ups Ante with New Iran Sanctions

Tzvi Kahn

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests and other malign behavior. more...

28th March 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Arrests Senior Turkish Banker for Sanctions-Busting

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

U.S. authorities arrested Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy CEO of Turkey’s public lender Halkbank, upon his arrival in New York, according to news reports today. 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.