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20th July 2016 – The Long War Journal

Treasury designates 3 senior al Qaeda members in Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

The Treasury Department announced today that three senior al Qaeda members have been added to the US government’s list of designated terrorists. All three of them are “located in Iran.” more...

14th July 2016 – The Jerusalem Post

German government agency involved in violation of Iran sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

A German government quality control agency and a private certification agency that works with it both violated EU sanctions and the federal agency’s policy by providing certificates to Iranian banks, constructions companies and energy firms, a joint investigation by The Jerusalem Post and the Federal Republic’s largest daily, Bild, reveals. more...

14th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaws After One Year: Emboldened Iran and Diminished American Deterrence

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it is worth recalling why this deal is fatally flawed. The JCPOA provides Iran with a patient pathway to nuclear weapons capability by placing limited, temporary, and reversible constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities. more...

1st July 2016 – FDD Research

Uranium Particles at Parchin Indicate Possible Undeclared Iranian Nuclear Activities

Olli Heinonen

On December 2, 2015, the IAEA issued its assessment on past and present outstanding issues related to Iran’s nuclear program and its Possible Military Dimensions (PMD). more...

30th June 2016 – Huffington Post Politics

Now Is Not The Time To Lift Sanctions On Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Islamic Republic of Iran is energetically trying to legitimize its financial sector despite a decades-long rap sheet of illicit financial activities. more...

28th June 2016 – Forbes

Risky Business In Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the intergovernmental organization that sets global standards to combat money laundering and finance for terrorism and proliferation, had a clear message for financial institutions last week when it declined to remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from its high-risk blacklist: Iran may say it’s open for business but it’s not yet safe to do it. more...

21st June 2016 – The Hill

The risks of the Iran-Boeing deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Boeing's potential deal to sell aircraft to Iran may have benefits for the company's ledger and for the U.S. banks that will finance it. But the deal is also fraught with danger, including the possibility that the aircraft may one day become a tool for Iran's ongoing support for atrocities and war crimes in Syria. more...

17th June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-Boeing Deal: Rewards and Risks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran’s minister of transport, Abbas Akhoundi, announced an aircraft deal this week with U.S. aviation industry giant, Boeing. more...

26th May 2016 – CSIF Policy Brief

How Iran Taints the Dollar

Eric B. Lorber

For the past two months, a debate has raged between the Obama administration and Congress over whether last summer’s nuclear deal provides Tehran access to dollars outside of the U.S. financial system. In a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Chairman Ed Royce was able to finally reveal Treasury’s thinking on the matter. more...

26th May 2016 – Real Clear World

Obama Administration Helps Iran Get Its Money Back

Emanuele Ottolenghi

On March 19, the FBI arrested Turkish-Iranian businessman Reza Zarrab upon his arrival in Miami for evading sanctions against Iran, money laundering, and bank fraud. 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...

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...

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...

1st April 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

The White House Cedes More, Even As Iran’s Economy Recovers

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

While U.S. and European diplomats celebrated the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action last summer, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his government saw that deal as not the end of the negotiations but the beginning. more...

31st March 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Treasury Prepares to Take Dollarized Transactions with Iran Offshore

Eric B. Lorber

In a potential move that is raising concern among many in Congress, the Treasury Department is considering lifting a longstanding ban on Iranian access to dollar transactions, according to news reports. more...

31st March 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Don’t Politicize Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In a speech yesterday before the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew argued that sanctions are an effective instrument to address illicit activities, but they must be lifted when the illicit behavior changes: more...

28th March 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

Dollarizing the Ayatollahs

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The bruising battle between the president and Congress surrounding the Iran nuclear deal is over. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, despite its many troubling flaws, is already being implemented. Yet now another nasty battle is brewing. more...

17th March 2016 – Research Memo

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program and Economic Sanctions

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program and Economic Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran this week engaged in a series of ballistic-missile drills, launching next-generation short-, medium-, and long range missiles from silos and missile bases built deep underground and in mountains. It was the third ballistic missile test since last summer’s nuclear deal. more...

21st February 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

Where Obama Fails on Iran Sanctions, the Gulf States Can Step In

David Andrew Weinberg, Mark Dubowitz

Meaningful new U.S. sanctions on Iran will have to wait for the next administration. President Obama continues to oppose congressional efforts to inflict financial pain on Tehran for its malign activities. 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.