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15th July 2015 – Quoted by Alan Katz

Iran Likely to Wait for Months to Rejoin Global Banking System

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is still probably several months away from achieving one of the goals that drove it to pursue a historic nuclear accord -- reconnecting the nation’s banks to a global system that routes most money transfers. more...

14th July 2015 – Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

How a Republican President Could Kill the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

If the next president hates the nuclear deal with Iran, he (or she) can undo it after taking office. more...

7th July 2015 – Quoted by Robert McFarlane - The Washington Times

How Iran Turns Lemons Into High-Octane Lemonade

Mark Dubowitz, Clifford D. May

In 2009, as intelligence reports confirmed that Iran — the world’s leading state-sponsor of terrorism — had resumed its nuclear weapons development program, the efforts of American policy officials to reverse it focused first on Iranian vulnerabilities. more...

7th July 2015 – Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The Iranian Nuclear Talks Just Went Into Double Overtime

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators in Geneva are set to blow past another deadline in the ongoing discussions surrounding Iran's nuclear program. more...

5th July 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Vienna Dispatch: Kerry Says “Difficult Issues” Remain in Nuclear Talks with Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters in Vienna that ongoing negotiations between the P5+1 global powers and Iran had made progress but that more work was needed before a final agreement could be reached. more...

3rd July 2015 – Interviewed by Deutsche Welle

Con: Iran the Big Winner in Any Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear talks are headed into overtime. Iran out-negotiated the US, says expert Mark Dubowitz. In an interview with DW, he explains why no deal might be better than a bad one. more...

2nd July 2015 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - Congressional Quarterly

Pros, Foes of Iran Deal Gird Themselves for Congressional Fight

Mark Dubowitz

Iran watchers on Capitol Hill are gearing up for a contentious debate if a nuclear agreement is reached next week, and Congress starts reviewing the text. more...

1st July 2015 – Quoted by Ari Yashar - Arutz Sheva

Iran Receives 13 Tons of Gold in Sanctions Relief

Saeed Ghasseminejad

While nuclear talks have been held up by - among other things - Iran's demand to have all sanctions removed immediately, the Islamic regime showed how the current sanctions regime has been unable to punish its economy as it repatriated 13 tons of gold this week. more...

1st July 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Economic Benefits of Sanctions Relief Likely to Boost Iran’s Regional Threat

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The expected windfall Iran would receive from sanctions relief as part of a nuclear deal would likely benefit its internal and external security services—including proxy terrorist groups such as Hezbollah—which would further destabilize the Middle East, according to an analysis published today in The Wall Street Journal by Michael Singh, the managing director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. more...

30th June 2015 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

As Iran Deadline Approaches, Skeptics Draw Dueling Red Lines

Mark Dubowitz

In nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, it’s deadline time, and skeptics on both sides are laying out red lines in a bid to shape a final deal. more...

30th June 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Talks: Moral Equivalence and the Concession Frenzy

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In a written statement, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) observed, “It’s outrageous that a senior U.S. official pointed out that if the United States wouldn’t allow weapons inspectors full access to its military installations, Iran shouldn’t either. The United States is the chief defender of freedom across the world and a democratic nation founded on principles of liberty and the rule of law.” more...

29th June 2015 – Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

White House Confident Final Iran Nuclear Deal is in Reach

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s effort to reach a final nuclear agreement with Iran is expected to slip past its deadline Tuesday, though U.S. officials expressed confidence a deal is within reach. more...

29th June 2015 – Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Iran’s Economic Boost From Nuclear Deal Projected to Come Slowly

Iran may not see a rapid economic rebound from a potential nuclear deal that would lift the international sanctions now imposed on the country, according to new projections by Roubini Global Economics. more...

29th June 2015 – Interviewed by Boaz Bismuth - Israel Hayom

‘As an Iranian, I Would Be Pleased With the Emerging Deal’

Mark Dubowitz

Iran expert Mark Dubowitz believes there will be a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the West because the U.S. views no deal as worse than a bad deal • The Iranians are brilliant negotiators, but we must not lose hope, he says. more...

25th June 2015 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar and Sangwon Yoon - Bloomberg

A $500 Billion Maybe: Why Iran’s Big Moment Could Be Years Away

Mark Dubowitz

For every investor who sees opportunity in a post-sanctions Iran, there are others who see the same old legal morass. more...

21st June 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats, Republicans, Neutral Experts Reject Iran Sellout

Mark Dubowitz

Four new, deeply troubling reports suggest Congress, if it is serious about stopping Iran’s nuclear program, will have to reject the final deal P5+1 deal in the works. more...

18th June 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Critics Question Whether White House “Czar” Could Ensure Effective Iran Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama is considering appointing a “czar” to oversee an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, Politico reported Wednesday. But some critics are questioning whether such an appointment will be able to ensure that a nuclear deal would be effective. more...

17th June 2015 – Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

U.S. May Name ‘Czar’ for Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is considering appointing a “czar”-like official to oversee the enforcement of a nuclear deal with Iran, one of several options it is weighing to ensure the still-unfinished accord doesn’t unravel, according to sources familiar with the discussions. more...

15th June 2015 – Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Obama Could Lift Iran Sanctions Too Fast — or Too Slow

Mark Dubowitz

With a deadline for the Iran nuclear deal just weeks away, the Obama administration is weighing how and when to unwind sanctions on its long-time nemesis. more...

11th June 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

More Flaws in the Iran Framework

Mark Dubowitz

It has not been a good week for the president’s Iran framework. It seems the more experts and lawmakers see, the worse the deal looks. 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.