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9th October 2015 – Quoted by Saeed Kamali Dehghan - The Guardian

Senior Iranian Commander Killed in Syria

Ali Alfoneh

A senior Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander has been killed in Syria in an incident that sheds light on Tehran’s growing, shadowy role in bolstering Bashar al-Assad’s regime. more...

8th October 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Reuters: Iran and Russia Plotted Defense of Assad During Final Months Of Nuclear Talks

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Russia and Iran decided in July to undertake joint military action to prop up Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, even while they sat on opposite sides of the table in nuclear negotiations, Reuters reported Tuesday. more...

8th October 2015 – Quoted by PR Newswire

New Report Examines U.S. Strategic Options Against Iran

The American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC), a Washington, DC-based foreign policy and national security think tank, today announced the release of a major new strategy paper dealing with Iran. more...

4th October 2015 – Quoted by Steven Emerson - The Algemeiner

Iranian President Tries to Bribe Revolutionary Guard Corps to Back Nuclear Deal

Ali Alfoneh

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeking to bribe the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to cease its efforts to undermine the nuclear deal with global powers, reports Ali Alfonen – a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. more...

3rd October 2015 – Quoted by The Week Staff

The Iran Deal: A Brief Guide

Mark Dubowitz

Having survived Republican opposition in Congress, President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran will soon go into effect. Here, a brief rundown of the deal and its effects: more...

2nd October 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats Look for Cover on Lousy Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Nine Democrats trying frantically to dispel the impression that their party was sold a bill of goods on the Iran deal came out with legislation Thursday that they said would “strengthen U.S. policy toward Iran and to clarify aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that is set to take effect.” more...

1st October 2015 – Quoted by Todd Ruger and Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Supreme Court, Congress Take on Iran Terrorism Judgments

Mark Dubowitz

The Supreme Court agreed Thursday to hear a dispute over $1.75 billion in terrorism-related judgments against Iran while lawmakers moved to keep congressionally-imposed sanctions on the country until it pays $43 billion of such court-ordered judgments. more...

28th September 2015 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Cardin’s Iran Bill Pleases Few on Either Side of Debate

Mark Dubowitz

A draft bill from Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin that aims to boost Israel’s security and constrain Iran’s potential to foment chaos in the Middle East doesn’t have many fans among both supporters and opponents of the recently concluded nuclear accord. more...

27th September 2015 – Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘It’s Classic Putin’: Russia’s Big Move in the Middle East Goes Beyond Syria

Tony Badran

Iraq announced on Sunday that it had reached a deal with Russia to begin sharing "security and intelligence" information about ISIS, the Associated Press reported. The announcement came amid reports that Russian, Syrian, and Iranian military advisers had begun building a coordination cell in Baghdad in an effort to bolster the Iranian-backed Shia militias fighting the Islamic State in northern Iraq. more...

23rd September 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran on Israel: ‘We Are Going to Destroy Them’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The commander of Iran’s army said on Tuesday that the Islamic Republic would destroy Israel at all costs despite the recent nuclear deal aimed at reining in the country’s rogue behavior, according to comments by these officials. more...

22nd September 2015 – Quoted by Makiko Kitamura Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Money Follows Diplomacy Into Iran as European Interest Heats Up

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Diplomacy came first, now it’s money’s turn. Two months after Iran and six world powers signed a landmark nuclear agreement, foreign companies are seeking to secure a foothold in an economy bigger than Thailand’s and oil reserves rivaling those of Canada. more...

21st September 2015 – Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

Done Deal For Iran Nuke Pact, But Debate Still in Congress

Mark Dubowitz

It's a done deal, yet opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement won't go quietly. more...

21st September 2015 – Quoted by David Yaffe-Bellany - Yale Daily News

Experts Square off on Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

More than 150 students gathered in Linsly-Chittenden Hall Sunday evening to watch two foreign policy experts spar over an issue that has drawn the praise of Hillary Clinton LAW ’73 and the ire of Henry Kissinger: the Iran deal. more...

18th September 2015 – Cited by Andrew McCarthy - National Review Online

Why GOP Congressional Leaders Support the Iran Deal in Fact — Follow the Money

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Benjamin Weinthal

Why on earth would Republicans do that?” That is a question I’ve been asked at least a dozen times since illustrating that the GOP has played a cynical game in connection with President Obama’s Iran deal. more...

18th September 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Russia to Help Iran Improve its Centrifuge Technology

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, confirmed on Wednesday that Russia had “announced their preparedness to cooperate and improve Iran’s centrifuges to produce stable isotopes.” more...

17th September 2015 – Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

Kasich: If Iran Helps Hezbollah, We Can ‘Slap the Sanctions Back On’

Mark Dubowitz

Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich said on Wednesday that he would take a wait-and-see approach to the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that if Tehran is found to be aiding Hezbollah and Hamas then the United States could “slap the sanctions back on.” more...

17th September 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Still Operating U.S.-Sanctioned Airline in Support of Assad, IRGC

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline is still operating in Europe, which it uses as a base to provide arms, fighters, and logistical support to the Syrian regime despite American sanctions against it. Benjamin Weinthal and Emanuele Ottolenghi, fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported Tuesday in Politico that Mahan Air continues to expand its European connections in the wake of the nuclear deal. more...

17th September 2015 – Quoted by Stephen Loiaconi - Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Deadline for Congress Passes, but Iran Deal Debate Far From Over

Clifford D. May

Democrats succeeded in keeping President Barack Obama's nuclear agreement with Iran alive Thursday with filibusters on two key votes. more...

16th September 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What’s Next on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Post reports: Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a second Republican attempt to pass a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal. more...

16th September 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Khamenei-Run Foundation Will Receive Windfall From Nuclear Deal

A foundation run by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stands to be a major beneficiary of lifted sanctions as part of the nuclear deal with Iran, Reuters reported Tuesday. 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.