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24th February 2015 – Quoted by Jonathan Saul, Parisa Hafezi, Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

Exclusive: Iran Smuggles in $1 Billion of Bank Notes to Skirt Sanctions - Sources

Jonathan Schanzer

At least $1 billion in cash has been smuggled into Iran as it seeks to avoid Western sanctions, a bigger figure than previously reported, Iranian officials and Western intelligence and diplomatic sources say. more...

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

Giving Iran Everything It Wants

Clifford D. May, Mark Dubowitz

Perhaps Congress should have invited King Abdullah of Jordan or Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to speak about an impending deal that would look like this: Iran gets to keep its entire nuclear infrastructure and, in 15 years, gets to build a bomb. more...

23rd February 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Leader of Anti-Proliferation Org Changes Tune on Preventing Iran Nukes

Mark Dubowitz

The leader of a prominent anti-proliferation organization that has spent millions touting the Obama administration’s diplomacy with Iran is under fire for seeking to rationalize a rumored administration collapse on a key condition of the nuclear negotiations after long advocating the opposite. more...

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

Hillary’s Cowardice in Face of Looming Iran Debacle

Mark Dubowitz

Dennis Ross suggests to heal the rift with Israel the administration should take two steps. more...

20th February 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

How Would We Ever Verify a Deal with Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Reuters reports: “Iran has still not addressed specific issues that could feed suspicions it may have researched an atomic bomb, a U.N. watchdog report showed on Thursday, potentially complicating efforts by six powers to clinch a nuclear deal with Tehran. . . . more...

19th February 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Top Iranian Nuke Negotiator Ordered to Stop Screaming at Kerry

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s foreign minister and lead negotiator in nuclear talks with the United States has been ordered by the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader to stop shouting and yelling at Secretary of State John Kerry during negotiating sessions. more...

10th February 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran’s New U.N. Ambassador Urged ‘Resistance to Israel’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s newly appointed ambassador to the United Nations is facing criticism for his anti-Israel views and past comments urging Muslims to “unite around resistance” to the Jewish state. more...

5th February 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran: The ‘Americans Are Begging Us for a Deal’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A top Iranian military leader claims that U.S. officials have been “begging us” to sign a nuclear deal during closed door negotiations with Tehran over its contested nuclear program, according to recent comments made to the Iranian state-controlled media.... more...

3rd February 2015 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Beyond Sanctions and Kerfuffles, the Iran Deal Netanyahu Wants to Avoid

Orde Kittrie

When Benjamin Netanyahu faces the Congress next month, two things are unlikely to come up in his speech: a consideration of diplomatic protocol and an analysis of the efficacy of sanctions. more...

28th January 2015 – Quoted by Josh Rogin - Bloomberg View

Expect Republicans to Add Teeth to Iran Sanctions Bill

Mark Dubowitz

When the Senate Banking Committee debates and almost certainly approves a new bill to increase pressure on Iran Thursday, some Republican senators are set to try and make the legislation's sanctions tougher. more...

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...


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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.