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28th October 2016 – Quoted by John Bennett - Roll Call

Sources: White House Angling for ‘Clean’ Renewal of Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The House plans to vote to renew expiring sanctions on Iran without adding provisions the White House would likely find objectionable, and sources say President Barack Obama is likely to let such a “clean” bill become law. more...

26th October 2016 – Quoted by Susan Crabtree - Washington Examiner

Royce: Iran’s new ransom demand confirms worst fears

Jonathan Schanzer

The chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee said news that Iran is demanding at least $4 million for the safe return of a U.S. permanent resident confirms his fears that the Obama administration's huge cash payment to Tehran in January is encouraging Iran to take more hostages. more...

19th October 2016 – Quoted by Matthew Continetti - The Weekly Standard

Obama Admin Leaves Congress in Dark About Quiet Changes to Iran Sanctions Guidelines

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Obama administration won't provide Congress with a range of details about a recent announcement that cleared the way for doing business with Iran, including Iranian firms controlled by sanctioned military and terrorist groups, according to congressional sources and experts who spoke to The Weekly Standard. more...

1st September 2016 – Quoted by Michael Hernandez - Anadolu Agency

Iran plane deals threaten boost in support for Assad

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Leading aviation companies are pushing ahead with the planned sale of commercial aircraft to Iran despite fears they could be helping Tehran airlift weapons and troops to the Syrian government. more...

25th August 2016 – Quoted by Saleha Mohsin - Bloomberg

Lew Loose Ends From Inversions to Iran Await Next U.S. President

Mark Dubowitz

Jacob J. Lew looks set to close out his tenure as one of just two Treasury secretaries to serve during the Obama administration. Not since the days of Eisenhower has a two-term U.S. president had such stability at the helm of the Treasury Department. more...

23rd August 2016 – Quoted by Roland Elliott Brown - IranWire

Who Holds the Key to Sanctions Relief?

Jonathan Schanzer

When Iran signed a nuclear agreement last year with the US, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif hailed the deal as “a triumph of diplomacy.” more...

3rd August 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The US reportedly airlifted $400 million in cash to Iran amid a high-stakes prisoner swap

Amir Toumaj

Washington secretly airlifted $400 million to Tehran amid a prisoner swap in January in which seven Iranians detained in the US were exchanged for Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and three other Iranian-American prisoners, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. more...

29th July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Ranked World’s Top Money Laundering Risk, Despite Relaxing of Financial Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad, Toby Dershowitz

Iran was ranked as the world’s top global money laundering threat by the Basel Institute on Governance this week, marking the third straight year that the Islamic Republic held the position. more...

18th July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iranian Hardliners “Gaining Authority” One Year After Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian hardliners close to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei are “gaining authority” in the wake of last year’s nuclear deal, Reuters reported on Monday. more...

15th July 2016 – Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan - Politico

Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

For Barack Obama, July 14, 2015 marked the greatest diplomatic triumph of his presidency: Amid flags and flashbulbs in Vienna, his secretary of State, John Kerry, announced a historic, UN-backed nuclear accord to defuse the global security threat of a nuclear-armed Iran. more...

14th July 2016 – Quoted by Ryan Browne - CNN

Iran nuclear deal at anniversary not the rallying cry GOP sought

Mark Dubowitz

In the months leading up to the signing of the Iran nuclear deal one year ago Thursday, Republican critics galvanized opposition to push back against the agreement. more...

8th July 2016 – Quoted by Avaneesh Pandey - International Business Times

Boeing-Iran Deal: US House Lawmakers Approve Measures To Block Sale Of Jets To Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

The Republican-led U.S. House on Thursday approved two amendments to a financial services spending bill aimed at blocking Boeing's planned sale of over 100 aircraft to Iran’s national airline Iran Air. The $25 billion deal, announced last month, has come under increasing scrutiny in Washington, where lawmakers have expressed fears that it may violate sanctions still in place. more...

7th July 2016 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Boeing’s Agreement With Iran Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny

Mark Dubowitz

Boeing Co.’s historic agreement to provide 109 aircraft to Iran’s national airline is coming under increasing pressure from lawmakers in Washington. more...

7th July 2016 – Quoted by Adam Ereli - Foreign Policy

Keep Up the Pressure on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

One year into the life of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the international agreement that dismantled Iran’s nuclear program, the best hopes and worst fears of the deal’s advocates and critics have failed to materialize. more...

6th July 2016 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Iran and its Protégées

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

What if we understood al Qaeda and the Islamic State as protégées of Iran, rather than merely its rivals? more...

29th June 2016 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

IMF Official Says There’s a ‘Buzz’ About Doing Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A senior International Monetary Fund official expressed optimism about Iran's ability to increase global confidence in its economy Wednesday, after months of international reluctance to invest and trade there despite sanctions relief from the Iran deal. more...

27th June 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

How Obama’s Iran Policy Undermines Clinton’s Campaign Message

Mark Dubowitz

In a year when the GOP has grown increasingly fractured, it's easy to lose sight of a foreign-policy schism inside the other major party. After all, the presumptive Democratic nominee was the current president's first secretary of state. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

Money-Laundering Standards Body Suspends Some Iran Restrictions

The Financial Action Task Force, an international anti-money-laundering standards body, said Friday it would suspend some of its restrictions against Iran for a year to monitor Tehran’s progress implementing changes to its regulatory regime. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Top economies ease penalties on Iran over money laundering

Mark Dubowitz

The world's major economies on Friday suspended anti-money laundering measures against Iran for a year despite concerns that the Islamic Republic uses its financial sector to protect criminal enterprises and fund terrorist activity. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Watchdog Ruling Proves It’s Still Unsafe to Do Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The decision by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial watchdog supported by more than 30 Western countries, to suspend countermeasures against Iran for one year rather than totally remove the country from its blacklist is a sign that Iran “still has a long way to go before it’s safe to do business there,” experts from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in a policy brief on Friday. 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.