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9th April 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Khamenei Breaks Silence over Nuclear Framework

Behnam Ben Taleblu

There is “nothing to congratulate,” Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said Thursday, breaking his silence over a nuclear framework agreement signed with international negotiators a week earlier in Switzerland. more...

3rd April 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Negotiating Triumph Over Obama and America

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

President Obama believes that the nuclear “framework” concluded Friday in Switzerland is a historic achievement. Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, says he believes the same. Those two positions are incompatible. more...

2nd April 2015 – Washington Examiner

Iran nuclear deal an abject capitulation

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Iran nuclear deal announced Thursday in Lausanne, Switzerland, is an abject capitulation of Western interests and a sure pathway to a cascade of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East. more...

30th March 2015 – The National Interest

Doomsday: Stopping a Middle East Nuclear Arms Race

David Andrew Weinberg

Imagine the imposition of financial sanctions on the central bank of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia—the only Arab member of the G20 group of major economies. To this, add biting multinational trade sanctions to stop the the majority of Saudi Arabia’s oil production from being sold on international markets. If these measures seem preposterous, it is because they are. Yet American counter-proliferation policy in the Middle East may be premised on implementing this bizarre, nightmarish scenario. more...

30th March 2015 – FoxNews.Com

Deal or no deal? Iran can’t be trusted to abide by agreement

Benjamin Weinthal

If past is prologue, Iran’s signature to an agreement -- or a fuzzy understanding -- to roll back development on its illicit nuclear weapons program will be followed by serious violations on its part. more...

27th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran sanctions relief sparks growing trade with Europe, Asia

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran provides only “limited” financial relief to the Islamic Republic. more...

26th March 2015 – Standpoint Magazine

Fait Pas Accompli

Emanuele Ottolenghi

How bad is the nuclear deal the Obama administration is negotiating with Iran? The American public would not know the answer, had it not been for the speech that Israel’s prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, delivered to a joint session of the US Congress on March 3. more...

25th March 2015 – Business Insider

The Sanctions on Iran Are Already Falling Apart

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration insists that the November 2013 interim nuclear deal with Iran gave Tehran’s economy only limited sanctions relief and that it can respond to Iranian misbehavior by snapping back sanctions at any time in. more...

24th March 2015 – Forbes

Lesson Of An Iran Sanctions Saga In Seoul

If international sanctions on Iran are lifted pronto — a condition Iran is demanding as part of any nuclear deal — how hard might it be to reimpose them, in the likely event that Iran cheats? more...

24th March 2015 – National Review

Still Needed: Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

In December 2010, a Tunisian fruit-stand vendor set himself ablaze to protest the arbitrary closure of his business. Mohamed Bouazizi’s suicide sparked an upheaval in Tunisia that led to the gradual, if halting, emergence of democracy in that country. more...

20th March 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Produce the Fatwa

Thomas Joscelyn

In his annual statement marking the Persian new year, President Obama said he believes that Iran and the U.S. “should be able” to resolve the dispute over the mullahs’ nuclear program “peacefully, with diplomacy.” more...

18th March 2015 – The Washington Times

A Farewell to Arms Control Treaties

Clifford D. May

The philosopher Lily Tomlin used to say: “No matter how cynical you get, it is impossible to keep up.” Has that ever been truer than it is in Washington right now? more...

16th March 2015 – The National Interest

A House Undivided: Israel’s New Consensus Politics

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Israelis go to the polls on March 17, and in a time-honored tradition, international pundits are hoping for a political earthquake. This ballot, they say, will finally and completely determine whether Israel ever makes peace with the Palestinians, whether its inter-communal tension will devolve into civil war and whether it can stop an Iranian nuclear bomb before it is too late. more...

15th March 2015 – The National Interest

Obama’s Security Council Gambit

David B. Rivkin

The administration should eschew this path and accept what the Constitution requires – Senate approval of the treaty it is now negotiating. more...

11th March 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Fires Cruise Missile Through Sanctions Loophole

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Patrick Megahan

Iranian defense officials over the weekend announced the successful test-firing of the Soumar, a new and indigenously produced land-attack cruise missile. more...

11th March 2015 – The Washington Times

The Ayatollah in Winter

Clifford D. May

The Lord works in mysterious ways. That sentence does not appear in the Koran. Nor, actually, is it found in the Bible. But in recent days it has probably occurred to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s Supreme Leader. more...

5th March 2015 – Foreign Policy

The Sun Sets on a Good Iran Deal

John Hannah

There’s so much wrong with the emerging Iran nuclear deal that it’s hard to know where to begin. more...

4th March 2015 – The Washington Times

The Dubious Deal of the Century

Clifford D. May

Remember when President Obama said that to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, he would keep all options “on the table”? more...

2nd March 2015 – The Washington Times

When Iran Goes Nuclear

James Woolsey

Our attention these days with regard to security is understandably riveted on the Islamic State, or ISIS, and its hideous decapitations, rapes and live immolations. more...

27th February 2015 – The Weekly Standard

New Docs Reveal Osama bin Laden’s Secret Ties With Iran

Thomas Joscelyn

This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in an al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. And prosecutors say the documents are essential for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s plotting. 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.