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10th August 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

WaPo Editorial: Reporter’s Trial Should be Warning for Companies Seeking to Invest in Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Companies and nations considering making an “unseemly rush” to open commercial ties with Iran in the wake of last month’s nuclear deal should take note of the ordeal of detained Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian before commencing business with the Islamic Republic, an editorial in the Post warned today. more...

10th August 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Former Treasury Official: Iran Nuclear Deal Will Enrich Supreme Leader’s Personal Slush Fund

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The nuclear deal with Iran will further enrich the country’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, by freeing the organization through which he built his personal fortune from international sanctions, Jonathan Schanzer, a former Treasury Department official who is now the vice-president of research for the Foundation of Defense of Democracies (FDD), and Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of FDD, wrote today in an op-ed in The New York Post. more...

10th August 2015 – Quoted by Von Antje Schippmann - Bild

Was hat Irans Terrorchef mit Putin in Moskau getrieben?

Toby Dershowitz, Toby Dershowitz


9th August 2015 – Quoted by Ari Yahsar - Artuz Sheva

Nuclear Deal Makes IRGC ‘Key’ to Entering Iranian Market

Mark Dubowitz

Details of the Iranian nuclear deal show that sanctions relief will primarily benefit Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), which is involved in terrorist activity around the world. more...

9th August 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Nuke Deal to Increase LGBT Persecution in Iran, Tie Western Companies to Human Rights Abuses

Benjamin Weinthal

The nuclear deal with Iran will empower a regime that has killed an estimated 4,000 to 6,000 gays and lesbians since 1979 and enable the increased persecution of sexual minorities in the Islamic Republic, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote in an analysis published Saturday at PinkNews. more...

9th August 2015 – Quoted by Babak Dehghanpisheh and Yeganeh Torbati - Reuters

Firms Linked to Revolutionary Guards to Win Sanctions Relief Under Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Dozens of companies tied to Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, a military force commanding a powerful industrial empire with huge political influence, will win sanctions relief under a nuclear deal agreed with world powers. more...

8th August 2015 – Quoted by Von Antje Schippmann - Bild

Zerbricht jetzt Obamas Iran-Allianz?

Toby Dershowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Toby Dershowitz

„Schumers Erklärung könnte die Demokraten beeinflussen, die noch unschlüssig waren“, sagt Iran-Experte und Analyst Emanuele Ottolenghi zu BILD. more...

7th August 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Reversing Iran deal Wouldn’t Be Easy for Next President

Mark Dubowitz

Republican presidential candidates have slammed President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran, with some vowing to repudiate it if they win. more...

6th August 2015 – Quoted by Scott Johnson - Power Line

The Obama Method

Clifford D. May, Jonathan Schanzer

Obama’s potted history of the Cold War includes this revealing nugget: “With Kennedy at the helm, the Cuban Missile Crisis was resolved peacefully.” The Cuban Missile Crisis was resolved, of course, by the American naval blockade of Cuba that brought us to the brink of war and led to the capitulation of the Soviet Union. more...

6th August 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

Italy Gives Iran $3 Billion Line of Credit

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Italy has agreed to give Iran a more than $3 billion dollar line of credit following several meetings this week between senior Iranian and Italian officials, according to Persian language reports. more...

5th August 2015 – Quoted by Azadeh Moaveni, Donna Abu-Nasr, Indira AR Lakshmann - Bloomberg

The New Middle East

Mark Dubowitz

Mobile phones in Tehran started beeping and buzzing well before Iran’s nuclear agreement with the West was finalised on 14 July in Vienna. They carried an important sentiment that couldn’t wait for the niggling details to be ironed out in the talks between Iran, on one side, and China, France, Germany, Russia, the UK, and the US on the other. more...

4th August 2015 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

What Can Iran Hide in 24 Days? Answering the Questions Posed by the Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Congress has until mid- to late September to consider whether to reject the nuclear restrictions for the sanctions rollback deal reached by Iran and six major powers on July 14. Some of the debate is over the meaning of certain provisions in the accord. Here’s a breakdown of differences in how the sides interpret parts of the deal. more...

4th August 2015 – Quoted by Don Snyder -

German Critics Blast Berlin Over Economic Minister’s ‘Scandalous’ Trip to Tehran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The ink was barely dry on the international agreement to drop sanctions against Iran before a top German official led a delegation of business leaders to Tehran to drum up business, leading to criticism from Jewish leaders and the German press. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by by i24 News

Firm Whose Crane Was Used for Hangings Set to Re-enter Iran Market

Benjamin Weinthal

An Austrian company, Palfinger AG, whose crane equipment was used to for executions, is set to re-enter the Iranian market. Company head Herbert Ortner says there is strong demand for cranes in Iran because there is no local production, the Austria Press Agency reported. more...

3rd August 2015 – Quoted by Walter Pincus - The Washington Post

The Limitations of Sanctions on Iran

Juan Zarate

The parts of the Iran nuclear agreement that would lift sanctions are among its most complicated and controversial elements, partly because there is disagreement about what effect the sanctions have had on Tehran’s nuclear program. more...

31st July 2015 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Iran Nuclear Agreement: Is a ‘Better Deal’ Possible – and At What Cost?

Mark Dubowitz

The television ads are airing across the country, from Washington to Honolulu: The Iran nuclear deal is a “bad deal,” the ad says, before concluding, “We want a better deal.” As Congress debates the complex international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program in anticipation of a September vote, the option of rejecting this deal in favor of a “better deal” appears to be catching on. more...

30th July 2015 – Quoted by David M. Weinberg - The Jerusalem Post

Know Comment: American-Iranian Fairy Tales

Claudia Rosett

Here is an updated scorecard of the misrepresentations advanced by the Obama administration in defense of its concordat with Iran. The list grows every day. more...

30th July 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Iran Will Exploit Growing Commercial Ties With West To Increase Repression

Benjamin Weinthal

Western corporations rushing to take advantage of the removal of economic sanctions on Iran in the wake of the nuclear deal may find themselves implicated in the regime’s repression, Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, warned Wednesday in an article written for Forbes. more...

30th July 2015 – Quoted by United State Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Corker Rejects Obama Administration’s False Choice on Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

During the second in a series of hearings to examine the Iran nuclear deal, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, rejected the Obama administration’s false choice between supporting the nuclear deal or supporting war, which was part of the administration’s presentation to Congress last week both in a private meeting and a public hearing. more...

30th July 2015 – Quoted by George Will - National Review Online

With the Iran Deal, Obama’s Contempt for Congress Is on Full Display

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It came two days after the announcement of the nuclear agreement with Iran, yet little mention was made on July 16 of the 70th anniversary of the first nuclear explosion, near Alamogordo, New Mexico. The anniversary underscored that the agreement attempts to thwart proliferation of technology seven decades old. 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.