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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...

10th August 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

WaPo Editorial: Reporter’s Trial Should be Warning for Companies Seeking to Invest in Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Companies and nations considering making an “unseemly rush” to open commercial ties with Iran in the wake of last month’s nuclear deal should take note of the ordeal of detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian before commencing business with the Islamic Republic, an editorial in the Post warned today. more...

10th August 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Iran Nuclear Deal Will Enrich Supreme Leader’s Personal Slush Fund

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The nuclear deal with Iran will further enrich the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, by freeing the organization through which he built his personal fortune from international sanctions, Jonathan Schanzer, a former Treasury Department official who is now the vice-president of research for the Foundation of Defense of Democracies (FDD), and Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of FDD, wrote today in an op-ed in The New York Post. more...

9th August 2015 – Quoted by Ari Yahsar - Artuz Sheva

Nuclear Deal Makes IRGC ‘Key’ to Entering Iranian Market

Mark Dubowitz

Details of the Iranian nuclear deal show that sanctions relief will primarily benefit Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which is involved in terrorist activity around the world. more...

7th August 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Reversing Iran deal Wouldn’t Be Easy for Next President

Mark Dubowitz

Republican presidential candidates have slammed President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, with some vowing to repudiate it if they win. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by by i24 News

Firm Whose Crane Was Used for Hangings Set to Re-enter Iran Market

Benjamin Weinthal

An Austrian company, Palfinger AG, whose crane equipment was used to for executions, is set to re-enter the Iranian market. Company head Herbert Ortner says there is strong demand for cranes in Iran because there is no local production, the Austria Press Agency reported. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

The Limitations of Sanctions on Iran

Juan Zarate

The parts of the Iran nuclear agreement that would lift sanctions are among its most complicated and controversial elements, partly because there is disagreement about what effect the sanctions have had on Tehran’s nuclear program. more...

31st July 2015 – Quoted by George F. Will - The New York Post

The Arrogance - and Futility - of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. more...

28th July 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

IRGC to Cash in On Nuke Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is poised to reap a large windfall as a result of a recently inked nuclear accord with Western powers that will fully remove economic sanctions on the fighting force and allow it to continue pursuing rogue activities across the globe, according to analysts and a copy of entities set to be delisted as part of the agreement. more...

28th July 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. to Lift Sanctions on Khamenei’s Financial Empire

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Obama administration is gearing up to lift economic sanctions on a nearly $100 billion network of organizations belonging to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to the parameters of the recent Iranian nuclear deal. more...

27th July 2015 – Quoted by David Daoud - The Algemeiner

Iran Set to Receive Massive Relief From SWIFT Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Iranian media outlets have been reporting that Iran is set to receive massive relief from the world’s biggest interbank transfer network, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) sanctions. more...

24th July 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Iran Nuclear Deal Has Dueling Sanctions ‘Snapbacks’

Mark Dubowitz

A key enforcement tool of the nuclear deal with Iran is the idea that international sanctions would quickly "snap back" into place if Tehran violates any of its terms. more...

23rd July 2015 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Four Key Questions About the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Senators grilled three members of President Obama's Cabinet on Thursday about the international agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief. more...

22nd July 2015 – Quoted by Energy Intelligence - Oil Daily

Does Iran Clause Shield Firms From Sanctions?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

As governments start to move forward with this month's historic Iran nuclear deal, oil and gas companies considering post sanctions deals will be gauging the threat of a re-imposition of sanctions under so-called "snapback" provisions. 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.