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Iran Latest Mentions

13th February 2014 – Quoted by Keith Johnson and Jamila Trindle, Foreign Policy

Iran’s Black Gold

Mark Dubowitz

Exports of Iranian crude oil jumped in January, raising concerns that the sanctions relief included in the interim nuclear agreement between Western countries and Tehran... more...

12th February 2014 – Quoted by Rick Gladstone. The New York Times

I.M.F. Study Details Perils of Iranian Economy

Mark Dubowitz

The International Monetary Fund issued a sobering appraisal of Iran’s economy on Wednesday, warning that years of government mismanagement aggravated by the... more...

12th February 2014 – Quoted by Ian Talley, The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Economy Improving Amid Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's economy is getting a boost from the reprieve in international sanctions amid ongoing talks with Tehran over the country's nuclear program, the International Monetary... more...

11th February 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Corker and Menendez Try to Implant Spine in Administration

Mark Dubowitz

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, did not join a letter last week signed by 42 Republicans that pushed for a... more...

10th February 2014 – Quoted by Babak Dehghanpisheh, Reuters

Insight: Nuclear Deal Heightens Tension Between Iran President and Guards

Ali Alfoneh

The article on Iran's semi-official Fars news agency appeared routine: the minister of roads and urban development said the ministry does not have a contract with... more...

6th February 2014 – Quoted by Benny Avni, Newsweek

Mullahs Prosper as Sanctions Fatigue Hits

Mark Dubowitz

Add this to the list of concerns over the crumbling state of international sanctions against Iran: The United Nations Security Council's authority and, specifically, its... more...

6th February 2014 – Cited by Caroline B. Glick, The Jerusalem Post

Iran’s Bomb in the Basement

Jonathan Schanzer

It is happening in slow motion, to be sure. But we are witnessing how a nuclear armed Iran is changing the face of the Middle East. For years, US leaders... more...

5th February 2014 – Quoted by Jay Solomon, The Wall Street Journal

Lawmakers Look for the ‘Golden Loophole’ in Iran Strategy

Mark Dubowitz

If Western sanctions and diplomacy fail to curb Iran’s nuclear program, Tehran’s use of Turkey to swap oil for gold in recent years may be seen as a primary reason. more...

4th February 2014 – Quoted by Ali Weinberg, ABC News

US Sends Mixed Message on Doing Business With Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Foreign delegations visiting Iran to talk business ahead of a final nuclear deal send the wrong message to Tehran about its temporary sanctions relief, two Obama... more...

4th February 2014 – Quoted by Deb Riechman, The Associated Press

US Officials: Iran Is Not Open for Business Yet

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. officials said Tuesday that an interim deal with Iran that promises to curb its nuclear program in exchange for some relief from economic sanctions... more...

31st January 2014 – Quoted by Benoit Faucon, Jay Soloman, and Asa Fitch, The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Warns Over Limits of Iran Sanctions Easing

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. officials are fanning out across the globe, privately warning international executives not to commit too much as they re-engage with Iran during a temporary... more...

28th January 2014 – Quoted by Tim Starks, CQ Roll Call

Fate of Iran Sanctions Bill Rests Largely With Reid

Mark Dubowitz

When Majority Leader Harry Reid on Monday outlined the Senate agenda for the upcoming work period, he left out a bill that 59 members of his body are co-sponsoring... more...

28th January 2014 – Quoted by Selcan Hacaoglu , Bloomberg

Erdogan Leads Turkey-Iran Trade Mission as U.S. Cautions

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will travel to Tehran today as both countries seek to bolster trade and energy ties while the U.S. cautioned businesses... more...

28th January 2014 – Quoted by Reuters & The Jerusalem Post

Turkey’s Erdogan to Arrive in Iran, Discuss Ankara-Tehran Ties

Jonathan Schanzer

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was expected to arrive in Tehran on Tuesday for a two-day official visit to the Islamic Republic. more...

28th January 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Morning Bits

Jonathan Schanzer

The Resurgent is counseling Republicans that the GOP shouldn’t just talk about repealing Obamacare: “Talking in the affirmative on health care includes in part advocating... more...

24th January 2014 – Quoted by Jeffrey Goldberg, Bloomberg

More Bad Omens for the Iran Nuclear Talks

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

The velocity of bad sign-spotting is increasing as we get closer to the main negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Bad Sign No. 1: I think it’s important to note that... more...

23rd January 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Rouhani Does Davos

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Nothing better sums up the disastrous Obama administration’s Iran policy than the Davos invitation extended to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Once President... more...

23rd January 2014 – Quoted by Benny Avni, Newsweek

Ban’s Syrian Bungle Defriends Iran’s Mullahs

Tony Badran

This week's near-fiasco about who should be invited to the Syrian peace talks in Montreux, Switzerland, that resulted from a private telephone conversation between... more...

22nd January 2014 – Quoted by Alex Lawler and Jonathan Saul, Reuters

Exclusive: Iran’s Oil Sales Rise as Sanctions Pressure Eases - Sources

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's oil exports have picked up modestly in January for the third consecutive month, according to sources who track tanker movements, adding to signs that the... more...

22nd January 2014 – Cited by Emily Cadei, Ozy

The Wonks Waging Financial War on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Few people outside a small circle of Middle East policy experts have ever heard of Mark Dubowitz, a diminutive lawyer turned tech exec turned Iran sanctions guru... more...


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15th April 2014 - 9:59 PM

Ali Alfoneh Joins Heritage Foundation Discussion on Iran

Iran long has posed major challenges to the United States, its allies and Middle Eastern stability. In recent years, Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons has been a primary focus for concern, but that issue should not eclipse all other issues.

24th October 2013 - 9:30 AM

Rouhani vs the Guards

A Conversation with Dexter Filkins, Mark Dubowitz, Ali Alfoneh, and Reuel Marc Gerecht

As Rouhani rages a full-scale charm offensive, how long before he and Suleimani face-off over the question of the direction and tone of Iran’s foreign policy? How much flexibility will Rouhani have on the nuclear question when the IRGC controls the program? The ultimate question is, at the end of the day, “Who rules Iran?”