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8th October 2015 – Business Insider

Here’s How to Stop Iran’s Revolutionary Guard From Profiting Off of the Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The slogan of Iran’s largest mobile telecommunication business, the Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI), is “Nobody is alone.” That sentiment is far from reassuring. more...

30th September 2015 – The Hill

Don’t Let the Revolutionary Guards Join Iran’s Gold Rush

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the regime's top exporter of terrorism and chief enforcer of repression at home. Regrettably, it is the IRGC that will benefit most from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement that world powers signed with Tehran in July. more...

21st September 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Still Hope for Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

To better understand tha Islamic Republic of Iran, don’t turn straight away to the front page of the newspaper. Rather flip to the labor union and business sections and press. Growing worker unrest, particularly among trade unions, suggests that regime change in Iran cannot be summarily dismissed. more...

18th September 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Our Iranian Interlocutor

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Antisemitism has never been an easy subject for America’s foreign-policy establishment. Read through State Department telegrams and Central Intelligence Agency operational and intelligence cables on the Middle East and you will seldom find it discussed, even though Jew-hatred—not just anti-Zionism—has been a significant aspect, if not a core component, of modern Arab nationalism, Islamic fundamentalism, and what usually passes for critical thought among sophisticated Arab elites. more...

15th September 2015 – Politico Europe

The Wings of War

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

When Mahan Air, Iran’s largest private airline, bought nine used Airbus aircraft last May, Iranians celebrated the opportunity to upgrade their country’s aging, sanctions-hit commercial fleet. more...

11th September 2015 – FDD - Roubini Report

Iran’s Mysterious Shrinking Reserves: Estimating the Value of Tehran’s Foreign Assets

Iran’s Mysterious Shrinking Reserves: Estimating the Value of Tehran’s Foreign Assets

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

A close review of the Iran nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has exposed a major divergence between estimates of the Iranian government’s assets held abroad. more...

8th September 2015 – The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Iran Sanctions Relief Will Feed Europe’s Syrian Refugee Crisis

Benjamin Weinthal

While Germany and Austria are in a celebratory mood about absorbing Syrian refugees, European politicians have ignored Iran’s role in producing the waves of desperate Syrians fleeing to Europe. more...

6th September 2015 – The Washington Post

A Side Agreement Could Void the Iran Deal

David B. Rivkin

The Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015, which requires the president to submit to Congress the nuclear agreement reached with Iran, represents an exceptional bipartisan congressional accommodation. more...

28th August 2015 – Standpoint

This Deal Is No Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal the six world powers and Iran signed in Vienna in July will not prevent a nuclear-armed Iran. All it will do is postpone Iran getting the bomb. In exchange for Tehran’s acquiescence, the deal legitimises Iran’s nuclear achievements and strengthens its regime. more...

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...

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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.