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12th July 2016 – Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Iran Tries to Get Nuclear Technology from Germany, says German Intelligence Report

Benjamin Weinthal

Iran has been making repeated attempts to acquire nuclear-, chemical- and biological weapons technology from Germany, reveals the annual domestic intelligence report published by the German State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) last week. According to the report, last year Iran made 141 attempts to illegally secure technologies related to [nuclear, chemical, biological] proliferation in the state of NRW alone. This indicates an almost 100 percent rise compared to 83 such attempts in 2014. more...

11th July 2016 – Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

Truth Catches the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

What diplomats call the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action—known to the rest of us as the Disastrous Iran Deal—was agreed in Vienna a year ago this week. Now comes a status update, courtesy of our friends at the Bundesamt für Verfassungsschutz, or BfV. more...

9th July 2016 – Quoted by Michael Warren - The Weekly Standard

Report: Iran Sought Weapons Technology From Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

The Iran government tried to obtain nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons technology from German companies, according to a new report from the Jerusalem Post. more...

8th July 2016 – Quoted by Avaneesh Pandey - International Business Times

Boeing-Iran Deal: US House Lawmakers Approve Measures To Block Sale Of Jets To Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

The Republican-led U.S. House on Thursday approved two amendments to a financial services spending bill aimed at blocking Boeing's planned sale of over 100 aircraft to Iran’s national airline Iran Air. The $25 billion deal, announced last month, has come under increasing scrutiny in Washington, where lawmakers have expressed fears that it may violate sanctions still in place. more...

7th July 2016 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Boeing’s Agreement With Iran Comes Under Congressional Scrutiny

Mark Dubowitz

Boeing Co.’s historic agreement to provide 109 aircraft to Iran’s national airline is coming under increasing pressure from lawmakers in Washington. more...

7th July 2016 – Quoted by Julian Pecquet - Al Monitor

Congress weighs restrictions on Boeing sales to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A number of House Democrats joined their Republican colleagues July 7 in expressing support for setting conditions before the manufacturing giant can proceed with its $17.6 billion deal to sell 80 passenger aircraft to Iran Air. The Obama administration insists it has the tools to ensure that any planes won't be diverted to unapproved purposes, but lawmakers of both parties are showing an interest in requiring Iran to meet certain criteria before the Treasury Department approves any sale. more...

7th July 2016 – Quoted by Erica Brosnan - The Washington Times

Hill critics pushing to block Boeing Iran deal

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. lawmakers expressed mounting concern Thursday over the proposed $17 billion-plus deal by Boeing to sell commercial jets to Iran — by far the largest deal inked by an American company since the signing of the landmark deal to curb Iran’s nuclear programs in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions a year ago. more...

7th July 2016 – Quoted by Adam Ereli - Foreign Policy

Keep Up the Pressure on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

One year into the life of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the international agreement that dismantled Iran’s nuclear program, the best hopes and worst fears of the deal’s advocates and critics have failed to materialize. more...

6th July 2016 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Foreign Policy

Iran and its Protégées

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer

What if we understood al Qaeda and the Islamic State as protégées of Iran, rather than merely its rivals? more...

6th July 2016 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough -

State Official Blasted After Quoting Iranian Foreign Minister on Terrorism

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department’s Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy, Rick Stengel, raised eyebrows and ire on Twitter after quoting Iran’s foreign minister voicing Muslim solidarity after terror attacks in Saudi Arabia. more...

6th July 2016 – Quoted by Vicki Needham - The Hill

House panel aiming to halt Boeing’s sale of jets to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A House subcommittee on Thursday will debate three bill aimed at halting Boeing’s sale of passenger jets to Iran. more...

1st July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Boeing Comes Under Bipartisan Criticism Over Controversial Jet Sale to Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Boeing’s recently announced multi-billion dollar deal with Iran has drawn stinging rebukes from influential members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. more...

30th June 2016 – Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen, Zahra Nader - The Guardian

Iran covertly recruits Afghan Shias to fight in Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iran is covertly recruiting hundreds of Afghan Shias in Afghanistan to fight for Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, drawing them out of their own conflict-ridden country and into another war in which Afghanistan plays no official part. more...

29th June 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

White House Emerges as Iran’s Top ‘Lobbying Shop’

Mark Dubowitz

Obama administration officials are orchestrating an international campaign to encourage businesses and governments to reengage in the Iranian marketplace, prompting accusations from leading members of Congress that the White House is behaving as the Islamic Republic’s top global “lobbying shop,” according to conversations with lawmakers and multiple sources tracking the issue. more...

29th June 2016 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

IMF Official Says There’s a ‘Buzz’ About Doing Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A senior International Monetary Fund official expressed optimism about Iran's ability to increase global confidence in its economy Wednesday, after months of international reluctance to invest and trade there despite sanctions relief from the Iran deal. more...

27th June 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

How Obama’s Iran Policy Undermines Clinton’s Campaign Message

Mark Dubowitz

In a year when the GOP has grown increasingly fractured, it's easy to lose sight of a foreign-policy schism inside the other major party. After all, the presumptive Democratic nominee was the current president's first secretary of state. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

Money-Laundering Standards Body Suspends Some Iran Restrictions

The Financial Action Task Force, an international anti-money-laundering standards body, said Friday it would suspend some of its restrictions against Iran for a year to monitor Tehran’s progress implementing changes to its regulatory regime. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Top economies ease penalties on Iran over money laundering

Mark Dubowitz

The world's major economies on Friday suspended anti-money laundering measures against Iran for a year despite concerns that the Islamic Republic uses its financial sector to protect criminal enterprises and fund terrorist activity. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Watchdog Ruling Proves It’s Still Unsafe to Do Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The decision by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial watchdog supported by more than 30 Western countries, to suspend countermeasures against Iran for one year rather than totally remove the country from its blacklist is a sign that Iran “still has a long way to go before it’s safe to do business there,” experts from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in a policy brief on Friday. more...

24th June 2016 – Quoted by Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

Money laundering body keeps Iran blacklisted, freezes some steps

Mark Dubowitz

An international group that monitors money laundering worldwide decided on Friday to keep Iran on its blacklist of high-risk countries but welcomed Iranian promises to improve and called for a one-year suspension of some restrictions on Tehran. 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.