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20th June 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

New evidence of Iran’s chicanery — and the Obama administration’s

Mark Dubowitz

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Obama administration has concluded that uranium particles discovered last year at a secretive Iranian military base likely were tied to the country’s past, covert nuclear weapons program, current and former officials said, a finding that contradicts Tehran’s longstanding denials that it was pursuing a bomb. more...

20th June 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Experts Skeptical That Iran Stopped One Of The ‘Biggest Terrorist Plots’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Dozens of major news outlets reported Monday that Iran claimed to have stopped a massive terrorist plot against its capital of Tehran and other cities, but some experts are skeptical. more...

17th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Lawmakers Warn Boeing That Selling Jets to Iran Could Further Destabilize Middle East

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Leading Republican congressmen have warned Boeing Corporation not to proceed with a rumored deal to sell approximately 100 planes to Iran, pointing out that aircraft could be used to boost the Islamic Republic’s destabilizing activities throughout the Middle East, Fox News reported on Friday. more...

16th June 2016 – Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - The Algemeiner

Iranian Economy on the Rise Since Signing of Nuclear Deal, Say Authors of New Analysis

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Due to sanctions relief granted to Iran by the nuclear agreement reached last year between six world powers and the Islamic Republic, the Iranian economy is expected to grow by 3.7% in the coming fiscal year and between 4%-4.5% annually over the next five years, an analysis published on Wednesday by the Washington, DC-based think tank Foundation For Defense of Democracies (FDD) concluded. more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iranian News Agency Threatened Lebanese Banks Hours Before Beirut Bombing

Tony Badran

A semi-official Iranian news agency issued a report threatening Lebanon’s banking sector if it complied with a U.S. sanctions law targeting Hezbollah just hours before a bomb exploded outside a Beirut bank on Sunday, NOW Media news reported on Monday. more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by Saagar Enjeti - The Daily Caller

Boeing-Iran Deal Would Be Biggest US-Iran Commercial Relationship Since 1979

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian Airlines has reportedly signed a deal with U.S. aviation company Boeing to modernize their outdated fleet. If reached, the deal would be the largest commercial relationship between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran since 1979. more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by Jessie Fox, Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Boeing-Iran deal in jeopardy as concerns persist about Tehran’s terror links

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber, Chip Poncy

Two former U.S. Treasury officials cast doubt Wednesday on the prospects of a highly touted deal between Iran and the American aerospace giant Boeing, claiming concerns about Iranian money laundering and terrorism financing activities are likely to scuttle the agreement. more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Relief Set to Boost Iran’s Economy by 4% Annually Over Next 5 Years

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Despite complaints from Iranian officials, sanctions relief provided to the Islamic Republic is projected to boost its economy by 3.7 percent in the coming fiscal year and by estimates of more than 4 percent annually over the next five years, according to a study (.pdf) published Wednesday by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by Jonathan S. Tobin - Commentary Magazine

Not So Fast, Boeing and Iran

Mark Dubowitz

It’s likely that there’s some celebrating going on at the Boeing Company’s Chicago headquarters due to the news that Iran has reached a deal with the company for the purchase of new passenger airplanes. more...

15th June 2016 – Quoted by Steven Mufson - The Washington Post

Boeing nears landmark deal to sell airliners to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Iran is set to unveil terms of a multibillion-dollar deal to purchase about 100 commercial passenger planes from Boeing in what would be the biggest sale of U.S. goods to Iran since the easing of economic sanctions last October, a person familiar with the deal said. more...

14th June 2016 – Quoted by Donna Abu-Nasr - Bloomberg

In War and Now Finance, Losses Mount for Iranian Ally Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran may be emerging from the grip of western sanctions, but one of the most formidable militant groups it funds is paying the price. more...

14th June 2016 – Quoted by Rick Gladstone - The New York Times

Iran Said to Have Deal With Boeing to Buy Passenger Planes

Mark Dubowitz

Iran has reached an agreement with the Boeing Company for the acquisition of new passenger planes to help modernize its outdated fleet, state-run Iranian news media reported on Tuesday. more...

10th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Uses U.S. Taxpayer Money to Increase Military Spending by 90%

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A $1.7 billion payment by the U.S. to Iran that coincided with the release of American hostages in January is helping Tehran boost its military budget by 90% in the next year, Eli Lake of Bloomberg View reported on Thursday. more...

9th June 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats are still ducking on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran Sanctions Act, which imposed nuclear, missile and terrorism sanctions on Iran, expires at the end of 2016, and both Democrats and Republicans in Congress support extending it. more...

9th June 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

U.S. Taxpayers Are Funding Iran’s Military Expansion

Saeed Ghasseminejad

One of the unexpected results of President Barack Obama's new opening to Iran is that U.S. taxpayers are now funding both sides of the Middle East's arms race. more...

9th June 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

US Tax Dollars Will Help Subsidize Iran’s Massive Military Build Up

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A $1.7 billion U.S. government payment to Iran will be included in the Islamic Republic’s 90 percent military spending increase for the country’s 2016-2017 budget. more...

9th June 2016 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

The Iran Deal, One Year In: Economic, Nuclear, and Regional Implications

John Hannah, Mark Dubowitz

The Iran nuclear deal posed a simple trade: In exchange for Tehran agreeing to limit its nuclear capabilities, economic sanctions would be lifted. But the devil is in the details concerning, for example, a role for missiles on the nuclear side of the equation and state sponsorship of terrorism on the sanctions relief side. more...

7th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

WATCH: In Latest Sign of Expanding Influence, Iranian IRGC Soldier Embeds with Iraqi Troops

Footage has emerged on Twitter of an Iranian soldier from the elite Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) embedded among Iraqi troops, the latest indication of direct Iranian involvement in its neighboring country’s internal affairs. more...

2nd June 2016 – Quoted by Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

Allies of Syrian President Assad Seek an Opening in Washington

Tony Badran

A senior official of the Syrian regime made a rare and controversial appearance before a U.S. audience on Thursday, calling for a united front with the Obama administration in the fight against Islamic State and other international terrorist groups. more...

1st June 2016 – Quoted by Benny Avni - New York Post

How the next president can start fixing the Iran deal

Mark Dubowitz

What can our next president do about the flawed, and downright dangerous, Iran deal? more...


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12th February 2016 - 6:03 PM

Rising Tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia: Geopolitical and Energy Security Implications

The latest increase in tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia raises questions about the potential for further instability in the region and possible oil supply disruptions. These risks are most apparent in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home both to more than half of the nation’s oil production and a Shia majority. The panel discussion will focus on how these developments are impacting U.S. national and energy security interests at a time when Iran sanctions are being lifted, allowing Tehran to export its petroleum, further adding to an oversupplied global oil market.

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.