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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

Ali Alfoneh

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...

27th July 2015 – The Hill Times

Canada Is Right Not To Lift Iran Sanctions Prematurely

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that six world powers signed with Iran earlier this month will soon remove most international sanctions in exchange for Iran’s acceptance of long-term restrictions on its nuclear program. more...

27th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

EU Delisting of IRGC Construction Giant Will Boost Terror Financing

Ali Alfoneh

The Iran nuclear deal signed July 14 stipulates that eight years after its implementation, the European Union will delist a construction conglomerate owned by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). more...

27th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Under Iran Agreement, U.S. Will Delist All Entities Controlled by Supreme Leader

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Of all the sanctions to be lifted in last week’s Iran nuclear agreement, few are more significant than those against a shadowy $100-billion network of foundations belonging to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei. more...

21st July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The IRGC Reacts to the Nuclear Deal

Ali Alfoneh

After more than a week of silence, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has weighed in on the nuclear agreement Tehran signed last week with the P5+1 negotiators. more...

20th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Post-Deal, Khamenei’s Remarks as Belligerent as Ever

Ali Alfoneh

Khamenei’s latest broadside against the United States was not an isolated incident, but part of a deliberate ratcheting-up of rhetoric since last week’s nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). more...

17th July 2015 – Foreign Policy

It Just Got Easier for Iran to Fund Terrorism

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, did not enter into Tuesday’s historic deal with six world powers to reset relations with the West. It was the promise of more than $100 billion in sanctions relief, rather, that greased the wheels of the recently completed diplomacy in Vienna. more...

17th July 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Nuclear Deal’s Impact on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

One of the foremost beneficiaries of the Iran nuclear deal signed this week is the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the militia-cum-business empire whose clout has grown exponentially over the last decade and now controls at least one-sixth of the Iranian economy. more...

8th July 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

The Iranian Nuclear Paradox

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

The lines are clearly drawn in Washington on President Obama’s plan for a nuclear deal with Iran. As negotiations for a final agreement continue well past their June 30 deadline, most Republicans oppose the deal and Democrats will not block it. more...

7th July 2015 – FDD Press

‘SWIFT’ Warfare

‘SWIFT’ Warfare

Annie Fixler , Mark Dubowitz, Juan Zarate

Economic warfare is now the default instrument of coercive statecraft for confronting challenges to the international order. Sanctions have become President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice to combat Iran’s nuclear program, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Assad regime in Syria, and the financing of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and others. more...

6th July 2015 – Business Insider

Iran’s Regime Knows ‘Snapback Sanctions’ Aren’t Going to Be Able to Stop it From Going Nuclear

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

As world powers prepare to finalize a nuclear deal with Iran, European businesses are gearing up for a swift re-entry into the Islamic Republic. The potentially impending deal will open Iran — one of the world’s last large untapped emerging markets — to foreign investment and trade. more...

1st July 2015 – The Tower Magazine

The Central Pillar Supporting the Iran Deal Has a Big Crack In It

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If the emerging deal is “not based on trust,” as John Kerry says, then it has to be based on the credible threat of re-imposed sanctions. And that’s a huge problem. more...

1st July 2015 – Tablet

Snap-Back: A Journey Through Iranian Sanctions Evasion in Georgia

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The fantasy is that sanctions halt economies. The reality is that enforcement requires tedious bookkeeping, painstaking forensic work, and the ability to stay a step ahead of experienced middlemen. more...

28th June 2015 – Standpoint

The Grand Illusion

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Middle East as maps still show it in atlases and globes, schoolbooks and Foreign Office corridors, no longer exists. It has vanished under our noses in less than five years. The consequences range from the serious to the disastrous. Yet Western policymakers still act as if they could put Humpty Dumpty together again. Here’s a guide to what is wrong and what should be fixed in Western foreign policy. 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.