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17th April 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

A Clinton Iran approach Republicans could support

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton, who is in the course of a fierce struggle for the affection of the Democratic base, is not about to disown the JCPOA, President Obama’s signature second-term accomplishment. more...

17th April 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Top Iranian Banker Threatens End of Nuke Deal if U.S. Doesn’t Make Concessions

Mark Dubowitz

The governor of Iran’s central bank warned that if the United States doesn’t facilitate Iran’s reintegration into the international financial system, the nuclear deal will “[break] up under its own terms,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday. more...

16th April 2016 – Quoted by Alex Rowell - NOW Lebanon

Iranian boots on the ground

Amir Toumaj

The first deployment of foreign regular army ground troops to the front lines of the five-year-long battle between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came with rather less fanfare and controversy than might have been expected. more...

15th April 2016 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Tablet Magazine

Will Tehran Be Given Access to the U.S. Dollar?

Mark Dubowitz

Although the Iran nuclear deal went into effect on January 16—“Implementation Day,” in the wonky parlance of what’s officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—it’s becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. and Iran don’t quite agree on what the landmark accord actually requires them to do. more...

15th April 2016 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNSNews.com

Treasury Official: New Iran Sanctions Legislation Would Risk Int’l Unity

Any attempt by Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program would jeopardize international unity, a senior U.S. Treasury Department official said Wednesday. more...

15th April 2016 – Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal - Risk and Compliance Journal

The Morning Risk Report: Szubin’s Iran Deal Defense, Guidance

A top U.S. Treasury Department official on Wednesday defended the Iran nuclear agreement before an audience that has been hostile to it, telling the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that lifting the U.S. nuclear-related sanctions “was the incentive” for Tehran to give up its nuclear program. more...

15th April 2016 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Tablet Magazine

Will Tehran Be Given Access to the U.S. Dollar?

Although the Iran nuclear deal went into effect on January 16—“Implementation Day,” in the wonky parlance of what’s officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—it’s becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. and Iran don’t quite agree on what the landmark accord actually requires them to do. more...

15th April 2016 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - CS Monitor

Obama and human rights: Is ‘soft power’ working?

Mark Dubowitz

A new and downbeat assessment of human rights trends worldwide is raising questions about whether the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy is making the situation worse. more...

14th April 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Tensions Rise Over Granting Iran Access to U.S. Dollar

Treasury Department officials are moving to reassure Congress that Iran will not be granted access to U.S. financial markets following comments by top Obama administration officials suggesting such a plan was under consideration, according to correspondence obtained by the Washington Free Beacon and conversations with congressional sources. more...

13th April 2016 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Amid rumors, White House rules out giving Iran access to US dollar

The Obama administration will continue to block Iran’s access to the dollar or the U.S. financial system, its top sanctions official said amid speculation to the contrary. more...

13th April 2016 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

U.S. Frowns on New Iran Sanctions by Congress After Missile Test

A top Treasury Department official argued against imposing new legislative sanctions on Iran after its ballistic missile tests last month, even as he said the Islamic Republic would remain blocked from the U.S. financial system. more...

13th April 2016 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Saudi-Egypt deals part of Gulf effort to unite Sunnis against Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Recently signed agreements between Saudi Arabia and Egypt appear to be part of a broader Saudi effort to build a regional Sunni alliance against Iran, yet the results of such an alliance are still lacking. more...

13th April 2016 – Quoted by Sean Durns - JNS

Media miss emergence of new Iranian-funded Palestinian terror group

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

A new Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist group has emerged—and by appearances, it may be expanding. In less than two years, Harakat as-Sabeeren Nasran il-Filastin (The Movement for the Patient Ones for the Liberation of Palestine), also known as al-Sabireen, has committed several terrorist attacks against Israel, drawn worries from rival terror groups, and promoted its “brand” through an ambitious social media presence. more...

12th April 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Granting Iran Access to Dollars Endangers Global Banking System

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

Giving Iran access to U.S. dollars in order to boost its international business profile would erode diplomatic leverage against the Islamic Republic and jeopardize the international banking system, experts said in a conference call with the Foreign Policy Initiative last week. more...

12th April 2016 – Quoted by Nahal Toosi - POLITICO

Obama aides vexed by visa crackdown

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last December, as the world reeled from the deadly attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, President Barack Obama fully backed lawmakers who passed legislation aimed at keeping out terrorists who try to reach the U.S. through the popular Visa Waiver Program. more...

8th April 2016 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Tablet Magazine

Was Iran Involved in Sept. 11? A Federal Judge Awards Victims $10.5 Billion in Damages.

Thomas Joscelyn

On March 9, the U.S. District Court in the southern district of New York reached a default judgment ordering Iran to pay some $10 billion to the relatives of victims of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, as well as to an insurance company. A default judgment is not a determination of guilt, or even a finding on the merits. But the ruling hints at one of the myriad risks of empowering an unpredictable regime with a violently anti-American ideological bent. more...

7th April 2016 – Interviewed by The Foreign Policy Initiative

FPI Conference Call: Implications of Granting Iran Access to U.S. Financial Market

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

On April 7, 2016, the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) hosted a conference call about the implications of the Obama administration’s plan to grant Iran access to the U.S. financial system. more...

7th April 2016 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Trade Won’t Lead to Iranian Moderation

Clifford D. May

Last week, it became evident that the U.S. was planning to allow the Islamic Republic to make financial transactions through American banks, using American currency—in direct violation of a promise made by the secretary of the treasury to Congress last year. more...

6th April 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s sneaky concession to Iran

Clifford D. May

The Obama administration, facing a violent backlash in Congress, swears up and down that it does not mean to give Iran direct access to U.S. banks. When pressed, however, it seems that the president is trying to achieve the same result, a unilateral concession to Iran that bolsters its economy, only by different means. more...

6th April 2016 – Quoted by Eric R. Mandel - The Jerusalem Post

Legitimizing Iran: The US administration’s Middle East agenda

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Last year, while lobbying the American people to support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, President Barack Obama repeatedly reassured undecided members of Congress that the deal was only about ending the Iranian nuclear program. 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.