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7th April 2016 – Interviewed by The Foreign Policy Initiative

FPI Conference Call: Implications of Granting Iran Access to U.S. Financial Market

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

On April 7, 2016, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a conference call about the implications of the Obama administration’s plan to grant Iran access to the U.S. financial system. more...

4th April 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Congress Investigating Obama Admin Deception on Iran Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Congress is investigating whether the Obama administration misled lawmakers last summer about the extent of concessions granted to Iran under the nuclear deal, as well as if administration officials have been quietly rewriting the deal’s terms in the aftermath of the agreement, according to sources and a formal notice sent to the State Department. more...

1st April 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Backlash over Iran concessions: Has Congress had enough?

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The suggestion that the Obama administration might allow Iran access to the U.S. banking system — something not required under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and something the administration has previously vowed not to do — has provoked a hostile reception among sanctions experts and members of Congress. more...

1st April 2016 – Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

More Dollars for the Ayatollahs

Mark Dubowitz

In life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate—or so we’ve read in airline magazines. But if you’re an Iranian mullah and you’re dealing with the Obama Administration, you can get more than you negotiated, and what you never deserved. more...

29th March 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Expands Covert Ballistic Missile Program, Dismisses U.S. Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is covertly expanding an underground network of ballistic missile construction and testing sites, despite new U.S. sanctions aimed at deterring the Islamic Republic’s illicit program, which is believed to be focused on the delivery of a nuclear warhead. more...

28th March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Lawmakers, Experts Question Administration’s Interest in Granting Iran More Sanctions Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration appears willing to offer new sanctions relief to Iran, including allowing the country to access the U.S. financial market, causing concern among lawmakers and experts, the Associated Press reported Thursday. more...

14th March 2016 – Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen - Newsweek

How Babak Zanjani Went From Iran’s Top Sanctions Buster To Dead Billionaire Walking

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For the past two years, while he was languishing in Tehran’s Evin Prison, the world seemed to forget Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani. But he returned to the headlines on March 6, when an Iranian court sentenced him to death. more...

11th March 2016 – Quoted by Rebecca Shimono Stoil - The Times of Israel

White House under pressure to respond to Iran’s missile tests

Mark Dubowitz

Despite pressure from Congress, the Obama administration continued to move slowly toward acknowledging that Iran had violated a UN Security Council resolution prohibiting ballistic missile tests, and gestured toward a moremoderate sanctions response – if any – to Tehran’s actions. more...

3rd March 2016 – Quoted by Elise Labott and Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Iran elected reformers. Will that change relations with the West?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's reformers claimed election victories this week, but the preliminary outcome shows no signs of quieting the raging debate over Iranian intentions in the aftermath of the nuclear deal with Tehran. more...

24th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Defense Experts: U.S. Must Block Iran’s Attempts to Upgrade its Cruise Missile Arsenal

Mark Dubowitz

The United States must take steps to neutralize the threat of Iran’s cruise missile program, researchers at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs wrote in The Wall Street Journal Monday. more...

11th February 2016 – Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

US seeks to block sanctioned Iranian airline’s flights into Europe

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Obama administration is warning European countries and companies to shut out a sanctioned Iranian airline or risk US retaliation, Treasury officials told Al-Monitor. more...

4th February 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: U.S. Must Ground Iranian Airline that Transports Troops, Weapons to Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The United States’ failure to ground a sanctioned Iranian airline that provides logistical support to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Syria underscores a severe loss of American credibility, which the Obama administration should immediately act to restore by penalizing companies and financial institutions that allow the airline to operate, Emanuele Ottolenghi, senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an op-ed (Google link) published Wednesday in The Wall Street Journal. more...

20th January 2016 – Quoted by Matt Pearce - Los Angeles Times

Where are Iran’s billions in frozen assets, and how soon will it get them back?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's "frozen" money has begun to thaw. For years, Iran had tens of billions of dollars worth of funds that were languishing in banks, unable to be used, because of global sanctions. more...

16th January 2016 – Quoted by Toluse Olorunnipa and Angela Greiling Keane - Bloomberg

Benefits of Iran Sanctions Relief to Bypass Most U.S. Firms

Mark Dubowitz

The lifting of sanctions on Iran as part of the nuclear deal with world powers may be a bonanza for companies in Europe and Asia, but not so much for those in the U.S. more...

13th January 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama is Out to Lunch on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama reminded us in his State of the Union address that he considers his Iran deal a great achievement. In the real world, Iran has sent troops into Syria, grabbed another American to join those held against their will, conducted two ballistic missile tests in contravention of United Nations resolutions, threatened to speed up its missile program, and increased oppression of its own people. more...

13th January 2016 – Quoted by Stephen Collinson - CNN

U.S. Sailors’ Release: Diplomatic Coup or Cowing to Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Peace didn't suddenly break out Wednesday despite Iran's freeing of 10 U.S. sailors who strayed into Iranian waters the day before. more...

12th January 2016 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Sanctions Relief for Iran Could Come This Week

Iran has met all the requirements under its nuclear deal with world powers to gain relief from international sanctions beginning as early as this week. Yet that long-awaited moment may prove to be a bit of a political and economic letdown for the Islamic Republic. more...

12th January 2016 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - Congressional Quarterly

Iran Sanctions Bill Faces Steep White House, Democratic Opposition

Mark Dubowitz

The House this week is expected to pass legislation that if implemented would likely kill the Iran nuclear deal. more...

9th January 2016 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Saudi-Iran Crisis is Latest Reality Check for Nuke Deal Backers

Mark Dubowitz

Just months after the conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama administration hoped would help defuse a volatile region, the Middle East seems ready to spiral out of control. more...

8th January 2016 – Quoted by Taimur Khan - The National

United States Still Considering Fresh Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is still weighing whether it will impose fresh sanctions on Iran over ballistic missile tests conducted late last year, after preparing and then suddenly delaying the new measures last week. 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.