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27th January 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats Fold, Of Course, on Iran Sanctions

John Hannah

Unless there is any doubt, the vast majority of Democrats value partisan support for a failed president over support for our own national security and for that of Israel. more...

27th January 2015 – Quoted by Elena Holodny - Business Insider

Iran Is Ditching The Dollar In Foreign Trade

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran is ditching the dollar. Iran is no longer using the US dollar in foreign-trade transactions and is replacing it with other currencies, the deputy governor at the Iranian Central Bank Gholami Kamyab said, according to Sputnik News. more...

23rd January 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Administration in Panic Over Sanctions Bill?

Jonathan Schanzer

An Israel news report tells us: A senior Israeli official delivered an uncommonly harsh attack on US President Barack Obama’s administration Thursday evening, following the American report that alleged that Mossad Head Tamir Pardo had warned US senators against further Iran sanctions, in contradiction of Israel’s official stance. more...

22nd January 2015 – Quoted by Raf Sanchez - The Telegraph

David Cameron’s Iran Lobbying Effort Fails to Sway Republicans

Mark Dubowitz

David Cameron appears to have failed in his effort to personally lobby US senators on Iran, with one Republican saying the prime minister's intervention into American politics was "not a productive move". more...

21st January 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Sen. Mark Kirk Slams Obama Plan to Release $11.9B to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration on Wednesday paid $490 million in cash assets to Iran and will have released a total of $11.9 billion to the Islamic Republic by the time nuclear talks are scheduled to end in June, according to figures provided by the State Department. more...

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

Unanimity at Last: Obama is Delusional on Foreign Policy

Mark Dubowitz

If there is one thing the right and left, Democrats and Republicans, politicians and experts could all agree on, it was that President Obama’s take on the world is shockingly delusional. The most common question seems to be: Could he believe what he was saying? more...

21st January 2015 – Quoted by Yasmeen Sami Alamiri - Al Arabiya

President Obama’s State of the Union Reflects ‘Strong’ America

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Seemingly defiant, President Obama addressed joint members of Congress Tuesday evening, declaring: “The shadow of crisis has passed, and the State of the Union is strong.” more...

20th January 2015 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Senate Iran Sanctions Bill Delayed Over Lack of Democratic Support

Mark Dubowitz

A Senate committee markup of draft legislation to impose new sanctions on Iran scheduled for Thursday has been postponed for a week because the bill is not attracting as much Democratic support as expected, according to experts closely following the issue. more...

16th January 2015 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - Christian Science Monitor

Obama Warns Congress Against New Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

In a joint press conference with the president Friday, British Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed he has taken the unusual step of contacting several US senators since arriving in Washington to underscore the threat he believes new sanctions now would pose. more...

16th January 2015 – Quoted by Carol E. Lee, Jay Solomon, Michael R. Crittenden - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Sets Fight Over Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama vowed to veto any legislation approving new economic sanctions against Iran, placing him on a collision course with the Republican-controlled Congress as U.S. diplomats seek to secure a deal curtailing Tehran’s nuclear program by July. more...

5th January 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Obama’s Leverage Wanes with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration has been willing to tolerate just about anything from Iran — even cheating — to save talks about limiting the country’s nuclear program, even as the White House rejects growing congressional support for tougher sanctions. more...

31st December 2014 – Quoted by Jon Greenberg - Politifact

Stephen Hayes: Iran Cheated on the Interim Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

As the pundits look ahead to 2015, they know that time is running out for the United States to reach a permanent deal with Iran over its nuclear program. more...

30th December 2014 – Quoted by Colby Adams, Kira Zalan - ACAMS

In Latest Sanctions, U.S. Again Targets Iranians Holding Caribbean Passports

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For the fourth time this year, U.S. officials blacklisted an Iranian national using a Caribbean passport while purportedly helping Iran circumvent sanctions. more...

29th December 2014 – Quoted by Neil Munro - The Daily Caller

Obama’s See-No-Islam Policy Forces Military Rethink

Jonathan Schanzer

President Barack Obama’s top special-forces general in the Middle East is quietly trying to look beyond the president’s insistence that Islamic terrorism isn’t Islamic. more...

24th December 2014 – Quoted by Pamela Engel and Michael B Kelley - Business Insider

Rouhani’s Façade Is Crumbling

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was elected largely on the premise that he's a moderate. more...

15th December 2014 – Cited by The Tower

With Sanctions Relief Looming, Iran Prepares to Open for Business

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Expecting an end to sanctions, Iranian manufacturers are preparing to open for business with the West, according to a report Friday in The New York Times. more...

13th December 2014 – Interviewed by Jonathan Weckerle - Jungle World (Germany)

Die US-Regierung hat versagt

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Saeed Ghaseminejad ist Publizist, politischer Analyst und unter anderem Fellow der Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Während seines Studiums in Teheran war er Mitgründer der studentischen Vereinigung »Iranian liberal students and graduates«. Er lebt heute in New York. Mit der Jungle World sprach er über das iranische Atomprogramm und die Iran-Politik der US-Regierung. more...

12th December 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Can Congress stop a rotten Iran deal?

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, the sanctions guru at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, writes: "Lest we forget, Iran is at the negotiation table because Congress passed tough economic sanctions that hammered its economy, and many of them over the Obama administration’s objections. But Congress’ work is not done. It must ensure that Iran does not retain the essential elements of its nuclear infrastructure to develop a nuclear weapon and continue gaming the international community." more...

5th December 2014 – Quoted by Jay Solomon and Peter Nicholas - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Talks Likely to Figure in Any Hillary Clinton 2016 Bid

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton has distanced herself from the Obama administration’s increasingly unpopular handling of international issues, including Syria and Russia. more...

5th December 2014 – Cited by Emily Cadei, Ozy

The Wonks Waging Financial War on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank, is small, nonpartisan and little known outside of Washington, D.C. So is its lead Iranian sanctions guru, Mark Dubowitz, a soft-spoken lawyer turned tech exec turned Middle East finance wonk. more...


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2nd December 2014 - 12:00 PM

Extended Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: An Oil Market Perspective

The latest round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran resulted in a decision to extend negotiations until July 1, 2015. Given today’s low oil prices and glut in global oil supplies, the panel discussion will focus on how current market dynamics contribute to ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program

20th November 2014 - 9:30 AM

Looming Deadline and Unanswered Questions: What’s Next for the P5+1 and Iran?

With the JPOA deadline for the negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran rapidly approaching, what questions remain unanswered and what next steps should Congress be considering in response to any scenario?

The in-depth discussion will feature remarks by Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL); and a conversation with Amb. Eric Edelman;  former Deputy Director General of the IAEA, Olli Heinonen; former senior advisor on Iran at the Department of State, Dr. Ray Takeyh; and FDD Executive Director and sanctions expert, Mark Dubowitz. BPC Foreign Policy Project Director Blaise Misztal will moderate the discussion.

These speakers will address, among other topics, the “check list” by which any deal should be judged; what role Congress can and should play in the final days before the deadline; how sanctions enforcement and smart relief can be structured to best strengthen a deal or enhance negotiation leverage in the case of any extension.