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3rd September 2015 – Quoted by Rebecca Shimoni Stoil - The Times of Israel

Iran Deal’s DC Opponents Down but Not Out

Mark Dubowitz

Although Senator Barbara Mikulski’s announcement that she intends to throw her support behind the Iranian nuclear deal guaranteed victory for US President Barack Obama on Capitol Hill, groups that oppose the current Iran deal redoubled their efforts Wednesday evening, rallying supporters to continue their advocacy against the agreement. more...

2nd September 2015 – Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

White House Not Celebrating Iran Deal Win Yet

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama scored big Wednesday when he snagged the last vote he needs to ensure the Iran nuclear deal survives Congress. But now the White House is more determined than ever to keep the agreement from reaching a vote in the first place. more...

28th August 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

Foes Try New Ways To Attack Obama’s Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Capitol Hill opponents of the landmark Iranian nuclear accord are devising a Plan B to ratchet up pressure on Iran as President Barack Obama moves closer to locking up the support needed to implement the deal. more...

28th August 2015 – Quoted by Eli Lake and Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Congressional Fight on Iran Deal Is All But Over

Mark Dubowitz

Opponents of the Iran nuclear deal in Congress admit they can no longer kill the accord. Their focus now is making sure there will be a vote on the agreement at all, and salvaging some political benefit from their well-funded bid to stop it. more...

26th August 2015 – Quoted by Haaretz

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Set for Windfall After Infiltrating 230 Sanctions-free Firms

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard is set to receive a windfall in funds from the U.S. and U.K. after taking control of hundreds of Iranian businesses that do not appear on sanctions lists, according to The Times. more...

26th August 2015 – Quoted by Alexi Mostrous, Billy Kenber and Hugh Tomlinson - The Times of London

Iranian Militia to Grab British Cash

Iran’s hardline religious militia is about to receive a rush of funds from Britain and the West after taking control of hundreds of companies that do not appear on sanctions lists. more...

25th August 2015 – Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Republicans Plan New Iran Sanctions After Vote on Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Opponents of the Iran deal aren’t expecting the Congressional vote next month to go their way, but they are already planning for the day after their loss. Republicans in Congress are preparing several bills to sanction Iran. Even if those never reach a vote, the proposals could be problematic for Democrats well into 2016. more...

18th August 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

A Better Iran Deal is Possible

Mark Dubowitz

Former senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), experts such as Robert Satloff and now sanctions guru Mark Dubowitz make the case that a better Iran deal is doable, but only if Congress votes down President Obama’s deal. After reviewing the deal’s numerous and serious deficiencies, Dubowitz writes: more...

18th August 2015 – Quoted by Alex Anderson and Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

The Future of Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran, Explained in 90 Seconds

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Under a deal requiring Iran to curb its nuclear program, the United States and the broader international community will lift sanctions on Tehran imposed over several decades. The Obama administration has said the deal will give Iran relief from nuclear-related sanctions, and not impact other sanctions aimed at Tehran over its sponsorship of terrorism and human rights abuses. more...

17th August 2015 – Quoted by David J. Lynch - Bloomberg

Iran’s Shopping List Disputed in U.S. Debate Over Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. debate over the Iran nuclear accord is turning in part on conflicting assessments of the Islamic Republic’s likely shopping list. While President Barack Obama contends Iran will fund urgent domestic needs with most of the money it obtains once frozen assets are released, his Republican opponents say they expect the newly flush Islamic Republic to binge on weapons support for regional terrorism. more...

17th August 2015 – Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

Iran Nuclear Deal Could Survive Even If Congress Disapproves

Mark Dubowitz

The September vote on the Iran nuclear deal is billed as a titanic standoff between President Barack Obama and Congress. Yet even if lawmakers reject the agreement, it's not game over for the White House. more...

16th August 2015 – Quoted by Jeremy Bender and Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The World is Already Weakening One of the Key ‘Checks’ on the Iran Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Despite the fact that the US Congress has yet to sign off on the Iranian nuclear deal, Europe appears ready to forge ahead. Multiple European countries are already laying the groundwork for massive business opportunities in Iran. more...

14th August 2015 – Quoted by Max Boot - Commentary

Fareed Zakaria’s Unconvincing Case in Favor of the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Dear Dr. Zakaria, You have just published an open letter to Sen. Chuck Schumer explaining why you found his statement of opposition to the Iran deal “unconvincing.” more...

13th August 2015 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

How the U.S. Will Ease Europe’s Iran Sanctions Jitters

Mark Dubowitz

In the final days of the Iran negotiations in Vienna, America's European partners asked Secretary of State John Kerry for a favor. They wanted a letter from Kerry promising that the U.S. Treasury Department would consult European companies on what kinds of investment in Iran would be permissible after U.N. sanctions were lifted. more...

13th August 2015 – Quoted by Cnaan Liphshiz - JTA

Can the US Trust Europe to Punish Iran If It Violates the Nuclear Deal?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Among his rationales for opposing the nuclear deal with Iran, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer said that he did not trust the three European Union partners to punish Iran should it violate the terms of the accord that offers the Islamic Republic sanctions relief in exchange for scaling back its nuclear activities. more...

13th August 2015 – Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Daily Signal

Foreign Policy Experts Warn Against Iran Deal, Calling It ‘Threat’ to US Security

Emanuele Ottolenghi

President Barack Obama has launched a sweeping campaign to sell his historic Iran deal to Congress, advertising the accord as the sole alternative to war with Tehran to convince skeptical lawmakers to buy in. more...

12th August 2015 – Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

Europe’s Ayatollah Gold Rush

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The U.S. Congress still hasn’t voted on the nuclear deal with Iran, but European companies are already rushing to invest in the Islamic Republic. Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni last week led a business delegation to Tehran, where he told his hosts that “our two countries can work together in the fields of trade, commerce and economy,” according to Iranian media. more...

12th August 2015 – Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

How Obama Could Salvage the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

If Congress votes down the Iran nuclear deal, President Barack Obama says, the agreement will collapse and war will come “soon.” more...

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

How Obama’s Deal Would Make the West Complicit in Funding Terrorism

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Concern about bolstering Iran’s support for international terrorism is reason enough to nix the Iran deal. One report explains: “‘Khatam al Anbia,’ the construction division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is about to become the wealthy magnate for a whole new corporate world in Iran.” more...

10th August 2015 – Quoted by Hana Levi Julian - The Jewish Press

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards to Become Brokers for Newly Available Firms

Mark Dubowitz

‘Khatam al Anbia,’ the construction division of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), is about to become the wealthy magnate for a whole new corporate world in Iran. 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.