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4th April 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Iran deploys special forces to Syria

Amir Toumaj

Iran’s army deployed Special Forces from the 65th Nohed Brigade on an advisory mission, army official said on Monday. more...

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

Congress Investigating Obama Admin Deception on Iran Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Congress is investigating whether the Obama administration misled lawmakers last summer about the extent of concessions granted to Iran under the nuclear deal, as well as if administration officials have been quietly rewriting the deal’s terms in the aftermath of the agreement, according to sources and a formal notice sent to the State Department. more...

1st April 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Bipartisan Opposition Grows to Additional Sanctions Relief for Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Two prominent Democratic lawmakers joined a growing number of their Republican colleagues in expressing opposition to the Obama administration’s plan to grant further sanctions relief to Iran, including access to the American banking system and the ability to conduct transactions in U.S. dollars, The Wall Street Journal reported (Google link) on Friday. more...

1st April 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Backlash over Iran concessions: Has Congress had enough?

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The suggestion that the Obama administration might allow Iran access to the U.S. banking system — something not required under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and something the administration has previously vowed not to do — has provoked a hostile reception among sanctions experts and members of Congress. more...

1st April 2016 – Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

More Dollars for the Ayatollahs

Mark Dubowitz

In life you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate—or so we’ve read in airline magazines. But if you’re an Iranian mullah and you’re dealing with the Obama Administration, you can get more than you negotiated, and what you never deserved. more...

31st March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Expert: US Concessions to Iran “Above and Beyond” Nuke Deal Requirements

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer, Annie Fixler

The Obama administration’s apparent intent to allow Iran access to the United States banking system goes “above and beyond” what is required by last year’s nuclear deal, a top Iran sanctions expert has said. more...

31st March 2016 – Quoted by Virginie Montet - Agence France- Presse

US official hints at letting Iran trade in dollars

Mark Dubowitz

The US treasury secretary seems to be laying the groundwork to let Iran begin trading in dollars, after a landmark accord with the West last year saw the country limit its nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. more...

31st March 2016 – Quoted by Bradley Klapper and Mathew Lee - Associated Press

Officials: US Mulls New Rules On Dollars To Help Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration may soon tell foreign governments and banks they can start using the dollar in some instances to facilitate business with Iran, officials told The Associated Press, describing an arcane tweak to U.S. financial rules that could prove significant for Tehran's sanctions-battered economy. more...

30th March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

State Dept. Declines to Address Growing Concerns about New Iran Sanctions Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

State Department spokesperson John Kirby declined to address growing concerns from experts and Congress about the Obama administration’s reported plans to extend additional sanctions relief to Iran during a press briefing on Tuesday. more...

30th March 2016 – Quoted by Fred Fleitz - Newsmax

Obama May Allow Iran Access to US Financial Markets

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

It seems that almost every month since the nuclear agreement with Iran, the “Obama bomb” deal, was announced last summer there have been new revelations about how the agreement is weaker that Obama administration claimed and side deals that the administration failed to disclose to Congress and the American people. more...

29th March 2016 – Quoted by David Ignatius - The Washington Post

A grim warning against America’s overuse of sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Economic sanctions have become the “silver bullet” of American foreign policy over the past decade, because they’re cheaper and more effective in compelling adversaries than traditional military power. But Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warns of a “risk of overuse” that could neuter the sanctions weapon and harm America. more...

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

Iran Expands Covert Ballistic Missile Program, Dismisses U.S. Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is covertly expanding an underground network of ballistic missile construction and testing sites, despite new U.S. sanctions aimed at deterring the Islamic Republic’s illicit program, which is believed to be focused on the delivery of a nuclear warhead. more...

28th March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Lawmakers Push Back Against White House Effort to Open U.S. Markets to Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration’s efforts to provide Iran with unprecedented access to the United States financial system is provoking push-back from leading legislators in the foreign policy arena, the Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday. more...

28th March 2016 – Quoted by Tolga Tanis - Hurriyet Daily News

Zarrab connections

Let’s not talk about the unknown. Did Reza Zarrab, a Turkish businessman of Iranian origin, go to the U.S. knowing he would be arrested? more...

28th March 2016 – Quoted by Mortimer B. Zuckerman - U.S. News & World Report

Missiles Speak Louder Than Words

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The international order that's emerged over nearly six decades, orchestrated by the U.S., is crumbling. Russia in Eastern Europe, China in East Asia and Iran in the Middle East are seeking to overturn the post-Cold War status quo. more...

28th March 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Lawmakers, Experts Question Administration’s Interest in Granting Iran More Sanctions Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration appears willing to offer new sanctions relief to Iran, including allowing the country to access the U.S. financial market, causing concern among lawmakers and experts, the Associated Press reported Thursday. more...

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

Republicans worry Obama is opening door to new Iran relief

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is leaving the door open to new sanctions relief for Iran, including possibly long-forbidden access to the U.S. financial market, prompting increased concern from Republican opponents of last year's nuclear deal. more...

24th March 2016 – Quoted by Fehim Tastekin - Al Monitor

Is corruption suspect’s US arrest bad news for Erdogan?

Aykan Erdemir

The March 19 arrest of Iranian-Turkish gold trader Reza Zarrab in Florida came as a bombshell to Ankara politics. Zarrab allegedly was the key figure running a money-transfer network in 2010-2015 that was designed to evade US sanctions against Iran. more...

23rd March 2016 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough -

Iran-Related Arrest in Florida Could Have Political Implications for Turkey’s Islamist Ruling Party

The arrest in Florida of a prominent Iranian-Turkish businessman accused of conspiring to conduct hundreds of millions of dollars in financial transactions to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions may have major political implications in Turkey, where the same man was linked to a corruption scandal reaching into the upper ranks of the ruling party. more...

23rd March 2016 – Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen - Newsweek Middle East

Iran: Dead Billionaire Walking

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For the past two years, while he was languishing in Tehran’s Evin Prison, the world seemed to forget Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani. But he returned to the headlines on March 6, when an Iranian court sentenced him to death. 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.