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26th June 2015 – Forbes

Nuclear Bargains And State Department Backlogs

Should a final deal emerge from the Iran nuclear talks, now nearing a June 30 deadline, Congress will expect reports from the President every six months on whether Iran is in compliance. more...

24th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Reactions to Khamenei’s Nuclear Speech Mirror Iran’s Fault Lines

Iranian reactions to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s address Tuesday on international nuclear negotiations closely follow the country’s factional fault lines, from relative pragmatists desperate for sanctions relief to hardliners opposed to any accommodation with the West. more...

19th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

The Fundamental Flaws of the Emerging Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Under the emerging Iran nuclear agreement, there is an inherent asymmetry between an expanding Iranian nuclear program and diminishing economic leverage. more...

5th June 2015 – Turkish Policy Quarterly

Turkey and Iran: The Best of Frenemies

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Inheriting a legacy of imperial competition, the Turkey-Iran rivalry today manifests itself through the contest for leadership of the Arab Middle East, and Muslim hearts and minds more generally. more...

4th June 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Sanctions Relief and the IRGC

OPEC “needs to open space” for the increased Iranian exports that could soon flow due to sanctions relief, Tehran’s oil minister said Wednesday at the cartel’s Vienna headquarters. more...

20th May 2015 – The Canadian Jewish News

The Case for Expanding Canada’s Sanctions Against Iran

Sheryl Saperia

In a desperate attempt to reach a nuclear agreement with Iran, the Obama administration has forfeited many of its core demands. The framework announced last month in Lausanne, Switzerland, abandons UN Security Council resolutions calling for Iran to halt its enrichment activities and is ambiguous on both compliance verification and penalties for violation. more...

20th May 2015 – The National Interest

Who Really Controls Iran’s Economy?

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The looming nuclear deal will soon unshackle Iran’s economy from the burden of Western sanctions. Who stands to benefit from this opening? more...

18th May 2015 – FDD Policy Brief

Russia and the Illusion of “Snapback” Iran Sanctions

Boris Zilberman

President Obama insists that international sanctions, soon to be removed, can be “snapped back” should Iran violate the terms of a potentially impending nuclear deal. more...

8th May 2015 – Forbes

Iran Shipping Sanctions Run Aground?

Officially, the Obama administration remains committed to enforcing sanctions on Iran’s main merchant shipping fleet, the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines, also known as IRISL. But in practice, since the Iran nuclear talks began early last year, many of IRISL’s cargo ships appear to be operating ever more freely, with fading protest from Washington. more...

29th April 2015 – Business Insider

The Iranian ‘Deep State’ is Trying to Buy an Oil Refinery in Switzerland

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranians hit the streets earlier this month to celebrate a nuclear framework agreement that they hope will remove the international sanctions that have crippled their country’s economy for over a decade. more...

15th April 2015 – The National Interest

Defrosted: Will German Firms Plunge Head First Into Iran?

Benjamin Weinthal

With a framework in place for addressing the Iran nuclear issue, Germany, a member of the P5+1 powers negotiating with Tehran, stands to reap an economic windfall. more...

13th April 2015 – Huffington Post

How to Keep the Financial Pressure on Iran and Its Proxies

Jonathan Schanzer

"...Our concerns will remain with respect to Iranian behavior so long as Iran continues its sponsorship of terrorism, its support for proxies who destabilize the Middle East, its threats against America's friends and allies -- like Israel," President Barack Obama said, immediately after lauding Washington's new nuclear framework agreement with Iran. more...

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...

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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.