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26th August 2015 – FDD Press

Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between the P5+1 and Iran places term-limited constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of many of the most impactful global sanctions. more...

17th August 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Even Seemingly Harmless Investments in Iran Will Flow to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Proponents of the Iran nuclear agreement say assisting Iran out of its economic isolation could help prop up more moderate elements within the Islamic Republic. By any standard, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, or IRGC, fails the moderation test: it is Tehran’s ideological vanguard, responsible for exporting the revolution abroad and enforcing its rule at home. more...

17th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Russia’s Airline Aeroflot Carried Qassem Soleimani to Moscow and Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Fox News reported that on July 24, General Qassem Soleimani, commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force (IRGC-QF), travelled to Moscow, met Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, and discussed possible future arms deals with Russian officials. more...

17th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Unraveling of Sanctions on the Quds Force’s Qassem Soleimani

Toby Dershowitz, Annie Fixler

Sanctions against Qassem Soleimani “will stay forever,” Secretary of State John Kerry said Tuesday. Soleimani is head of the Quds Force, the arm of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...

17th August 2015 – Foreign Policy

How to Get a Better Deal With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal is a ticking time bomb. Its key provisions sunset too quickly, and it grants Iran too much leverage to engage in nuclear blackmail. To defuse it, Congress needs to do what it has done dozens of times in the past including during the Cold War in requiring changes to key U.S.-Soviet arms control agreements: Demand a better deal. more...

15th August 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Embracing Iran: The Swiss Cheese Sanctions Policy

Benjamin Weinthal

The non-EU member Switzerland became the first Western country to lift sanctions against the Islamic Republic of Iran. more...

13th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran Deal Rewards Airlines that Served as IRGC Terror Fronts

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Between 2011 and 2013, the U.S. Department of Treasury designated five of the seventeen airlines currently operating in Iran for their support to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). more...

13th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC’s Sanctions Relief Bonanza

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The European Union is slated to delist the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), its commanders, and dozens of its commercial entities within the next eight years, pursuant to the nuclear deal. Washington has downplayed this, noting that the agreement only grants relief for nuclear-related sanctions, and that the IRGC will benefit minimally if at all, noting that IRGC entities will remain under U.S. sanctions even after the EU has delisted them. more...

12th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC’s Ambivalent Response to the Nuclear Deal

With all eyes fixed on the battle between President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress over the nuclear deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s struggle against Iranian critics of the deal gains less attention in the Western media. But this battle could also be consequential. more...

6th August 2015 – Foreign Policy

What the President Got Wrong in His Defense of the Iran Deal

John Hannah

It’s hard to know where to begin a critique of President Obama’s speech on Wednesday at American University defending his Iran deal... more...

6th August 2015 – Turkish Policy Quarterly

Supreme Sensibilities: How Iran’s Khamenei Defines The Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is slated to provide Iran with sanctions relief, unfrozen assets, and a return to the international banking system. Most important, should the Islamic Republic implement and fully comply with the agreement, it will also have a pathway towards the legalization of its nuclear program. more...

5th August 2015 –

Putting Iran’s Arms Proliferation Back in Business

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

President Barack Obama, defending the recent Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), insists that his negotiators are providing an alternative to war. more...

5th August 2015 – USA Today

Amend Iran Deal to Improve It: Opposing View

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal has a major structural flaw. Rather than permanently blocking Iran’s nuclear weapons pathways, it opens a patient path. Tehran simply has to follow the deal to emerge in 10 to 15 years as a much more dangerous adversary with a massive nuclear program, a short path to a bomb, intercontinental ballistic missiles and its economy immunized against future sanctions. more...

5th August 2015 – The National Review

Why Obama Is Wrong to Compare Himself to JFK

Jonathan Schanzer, Clifford D. May

Speaking at American University today in defense of his nuclear deal with Iran, President Obama twice invoked President John F. Kennedy. more...

4th August 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Majles and the JCPOA

Amir Toumaj

In the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed last month, Iran’s concessions on its nuclear activities have sunset clauses that begin expiring in year 10. more...

2nd August 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Business As Usual: Austria to Sell Iran Cranes for Possible Use in Hangings

Benjamin Weinthal

Traditionally, Austrian governments have been the least critical of the Islamic Republic’s human rights violations. Now, Austria’s government plans to rekindle a business relationship that could involve the export of cranes, to be used to hang Iranians. more...

31st July 2015 – Energy Compass

The Iran Deal and the Challenge of Sanctions Relief

Annie Fixler , Behnam Ben Taleblu

Reaching a nuclear deal with Iran was a substantial undertaking for the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany), and the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reflects that. more...

31st July 2015 – The World Affairs Journal

Iran’s Expendable President Rouhani

While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif celebrate their recent nuclear negotiating triumph, neither they nor their Washington-based fans should pop the Zamzam cola just yet. more...

31st July 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

History Contradicts the Dream of Iranian Moderation

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Most backers of the nuclear accord with Iran hopefully insist that the theocratic regime will moderate once sanctions are lifted. Plugged back into the global economy, Iran will become less militant. more...

30th July 2015 – The Tower Magazine

Gold Rush: The Dismantling of the Sanctions Regime Against Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

With most sanctions scheduled to be lifted on Implementation Day of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal signed in Vienna by Iran with the six world powers charged with negotiating over its nuclear program will inaugurate the rapid revival of Iran’s economy. more...


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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.