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9th January 2016 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Saudi-Iran Crisis is Latest Reality Check for Nuke Deal Backers

Mark Dubowitz

Just months after the conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama administration hoped would help defuse a volatile region, the Middle East seems ready to spiral out of control. more...

7th January 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Somalia Severs Ties with Tehran as Tensions Mount Following Attack on Saudi Embassy

Amir Toumaj

Somalia ordered all Iranian diplomats to leave its borders within 72 hours, joining a growing number of countries who are severing relations with the Islamic Republic amid its escalation with Saudi Arabia, the Associated Press reported Thursday. more...

7th January 2016 – Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS

Sound of Silence: Iranian-Saudi Tension Highlights U.S. Pullback from the Region

David Andrew Weinberg

Amid heightened tensions between the two most powerful Muslim nations in the Middle East, experts say the loudest sound might be American silence. more...

7th January 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

After Bomb Test, North Korea, Iran Continue Illicit Nuke Cooperation

Ali Alfoneh

One day after North Korea claimed to have successfully tested a miniaturized hydrogen bomb, lawmakers and regional experts are warning that Pyongyang and Tehran are continuing an illicit clandestine partnership enabling the rogue nations to master nuclear technology. more...

7th January 2016 – Quoted by Shane Dixon Kavanaugh - Vocativ

Meltdown Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Roils Unstable Middle East

David Andrew Weinberg

Tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran continue to escalate, ever since the Kingdom executed a prominent Shiite sheik over the weekend, threatening to further destabilize the Middle East. more...

6th January 2016 – Quoted by Pamela Engel - Business Insider

Rebuilding Cities Reclaimed From ISIS Will Cost an Exorbitant Amount of Money

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

A US-led coalition and ground forces declared victory in Ramadi, Iraq, after they drove ISIS militants out of the city last week. more...

6th January 2016 – Quoted by Brent Scher - The Washington Free Beacon

Joe Sestak: ‘Iran Has Met Its End Of The Deal’

Mark Dubowitz

Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak said this week that “Iran has met its end of the deal” despite repeated ballistic missile tests that violate United Nations Security Council resolutions. more...

6th January 2016 – Jamie Dettmer - Voice of America

Islamic State Militants Target Saudi Arabia

Jonathan Schanzer

Iran isn’t alone in issuing dire threats against Saudi Arabia — the Islamic State has ratcheted up a propaganda campaign against the Gulf kingdom’s ruling family. ` more...

5th January 2016 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘Provoke at Your Peril’: The Obama Administration is Sending a ‘Message’ to Saudi Arabia

Tony Badran

Saudi Arabia cut off all diplomatic ties with Iran on Sunday, after Iranian protesters ransacked and set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran amid a row over the kingdom's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. more...

5th January 2016 – Quoted by Justin Salhani - Think Progress

Saudi Arabia ‘Torpedoes’ American Middle East Policy With Execution Of Shia Cleric

David Andrew Weinberg

Tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran has long festered via regional proxy wars, but the execution of a prominent Saudi Shia cleric by Riyadh over the weekend and the subsequent reactions could affect the United States’ interests in the Middle East. more...

5th January 2016 – Quoted by Babak Dehghanpisheh and Bozorgmehr Sharafedin - Reuters

As Cold War With Saudi Sharpens, Iran’s Guards Deliver Warning

Ali Alfoneh

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps was quick to condemn the execution of Saudi cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, stating: "Without a doubt, the hated Saudi regime will pay a price for this shameful act." more...

5th January 2016 – Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Arab World Takes Sides As Crisis Between Saudi Arabia and Iran Escalates

David Andrew Weinberg

Gulf allies of Saudi Arabia severed ties with Iran on Monday in a show of solidarity with Riyadh, after Iranian protesters raided the Saudi Embassy in Tehran over the weekend. more...

5th January 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Faces Regional, Economic Isolation Amid Rising Tensions With Saudi Arabia

David Andrew Weinberg, Mark Dubowitz

Iran is facing increased political isolation as fallout from its escalating feud with Saudi Arabia, regional experts say. The tensions between the nations were sparked by the execution of a Shiite cleric by Saudi Arabia, and the subsequent torching of the Saudi embassy in Tehran. more...

4th January 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo- Washington Free Beacon

Saudi Arabia: Iran Waited 12 Hours to Send Security to Sieged Embassy

David Andrew Weinberg

Iranian authorities waited at least 12 hours before sending reinforcements to help defend a Saudi Arabian embassy compound that had come under attack by protestors, according to a timeline of the incident released by the Saudi government. more...

4th January 2016 – The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Deal Backers Embarrassed By Obama Admin’s Sanctions Blunder

Mark Dubowitz

A last minute delay last week in the implementation of new Iran sanctions has some prominent congressional backers of the nuclear deal accusing the Obama administration of capitulating to Iranian demands, according to sources both on and off Capitol Hill. more...

4th January 2016 – Voice of America

Saudi, Iran Tensions Risk Sinking Syria Peace Efforts

David Andrew Weinberg

Boiling tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia risk dooming fragile, painstaking efforts to negotiate a Syrian peace deal as the fallout from the Saudis’ execution of a Shi’ite cleric spreads across the region. more...

4th January 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo- The Washington Free Beacon

Iran: ‘Knowledge and Capability to Build the Atomic Bomb is Necessary’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A leading Iranian political scholar has stated that the “knowledge and capability to build the atomic bomb is necessary” for its global standing, according to recent comments carried by the country’s state-controlled Persian language press. more...

4th January 2016 – Quoted by Teresa Welsh - U.S. News & World Report

Tensions Flare at a Bad Time for the Middle East

David Andrew Weinberg

The execution of a Shiite cleric in Saudi Arabia escalated into a regional crisis Monday, when the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Sudan joined their Saudi ally in cutting diplomatic ties with Iran in a troubling development that threatens to harden sectarian divisions and derail efforts to restore peace to the fragile Middle East. more...

31st December 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: White House’s New Iran Sanctions For Ballistic Missile Violations Are “Bare Minimum”

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Facing strong bipartisan Congressional pressure, the Obama administration is preparing to impose new sanctions on Iran for its illicit ballistic missile program, The Wall Street Journal reported (Google link) Wednesday. more...

31st December 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Obama Administration is Playing a ‘Game of Whack-a-Mole’ With Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration is planning a new round of sanctions against individuals and companies in Iran over the country's ballistic-missile program, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. 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.