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22nd April 2015 – Quoted by Kevin Cirilli - The Hill

Ex-Treasury Official Warns Iran Funds Going to Terror Groups

Jonathan Schanzer

A former Treasury Department official raised concerns on Wednesday about terrorists obtaining some of the international community's financing to Iran. more...

22nd April 2015 – Mentioned by the Office of Congressman Dennis A. Ross

Iran is the Terrorist Central Bank

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. Rep. Dennis A. Ross (R-FL-15), Senior Deputy Majority Whip and member of the bipartisan Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Financing, today participated in the Task Force’s first hearing entitled, “A Survey of Global Terrorism and Terrorist Financing.” During this hearing, Ross inquired about the ongoing negotiations surrounding Iran’s nuclear development program and the effect this might have on their ability to finance terrorist organizations. more...

22nd April 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Chaos in Middle East Could Last for ‘at Least a Decade,’ Expert Tells ‘Post’

David Andrew Weinberg

The breakdown of states throughout the Middle East since the outbreak of the Arab Spring has led the people in the region to fall back on primordial attachments, enhancing the power of sectarianism, tribalism, and Islamism, experts told The Jerusalem Post. more...

21st April 2015 – Quoted by Lawrence J. Haas - U.S. News & World Report

Iran Is Already Winning

Mark Dubowitz

As global talks over Iran’s nuclear program resume in Vienna this week, one can’t help wonder whether, in a larger sense, the die of an Iranian regional, military and economic victory has already been cast. From Washington to Berlin, Moscow to Beijing, and many places in between, Iran’s isolation is disappearing as governments and businesses prepare to exploit its return to global respectability. more...

20th April 2015 – Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Nuclear Deal That Iran’s Moderates Want May Entrench Hard-Liners

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Even if an agreement to curb Iran’s nuclear program is reached, it would leave one big question unanswered. more...

20th April 2015 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iranian Support for Yemen’s Houthis Goes Back Years

David Andrew Weinberg

Iran has long supported Houthi rebels in Yemen with arms, training and financing. more...

20th April 2015 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - Washington Free Beacon

State Department Won’t Rule Out $50 Billion ‘Signing Bonus’ For Iran

Jonathan Schanzer

The State Department on Monday would not rule out giving Iran up to $50 billion as a so-called “signing bonus” for agreeing to a nuclear deal later this year, according to comments made to journalists following reports that the Obama administration had formulated a plan to release tens of billions of frozen Iranian funds. more...

19th April 2015 – Quoted by Tom Fontaine - Pittsburgh Tribune

Pittsburgh Pair Plans Rare Trip to Iran for American Classical Musicians

Ali Alfoneh

A composer and nonprofit leader from Pittsburgh have brokered a deal to send American classical musicians to Tehran for the first time since the Iranian Revolution. more...

18th April 2015 – Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Obama May Be Smiling Today but the Congressional Fight Over an Iran Deal is Far From Over

President Barack Obama may have dodged a worst-case scenario when it came to Congress's response to the Iran nuclear deal this week, but the fight is far from over. more...

17th April 2015 – Quoted by Toluse Olorunnipa & Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Iran Obama Sidesteps Iran Sanctions Timeline to Focus on Snapback

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama left open the possibility of negotiators lifting most sanctions against Iran at the start of a final nuclear deal -- rather than in phases -- so long as sanctions could be reimposed quickly if Iran violates its end of the deal. more...

17th April 2015 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran-U.S. Differences Over Nuclear Deal Widen

Mark Dubowitz

Two weeks after world powers and Iran announced a framework agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, widening gaps between the two sides are emerging. more...

17th April 2015 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

James Baker Is Wrong: The Iran Deal Can’t Be Fixed

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Each day brings more evidence that the Iran framework is a farce. more...

17th April 2015 – Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Framework Deal Opens Floodgates for Investment in Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The framework nuclear agreement Iran and world powers signed this month has opened the floodgates toward an end of sanctions and to new business deals. more...

16th April 2015 – Quoted by Deb Riechmann - PBS Newshour

President Obama May Not Need Congress to Defang Sanctions Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own. more...

15th April 2015 – Quoted by Jacqueline Klimas - The Washington Times

Ileana Ros-Lehtinen: Obama Consulting Congress is ‘Like Fantasy Football’

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican, said Wednesday that suggesting Obama might consult Congress on matters of foreign policy or national security is “kind of like fantasy football.” more...

14th April 2015 – Quoted by Paul Aster - FOX News

Hamas, PA Could Be Next Pawns in Saudi-Iranian Proxy War

Jonathan Schanzer

Top Palestinian Authority officials are appealing to Saudi Arabia to use an "iron hand" toward Iranian-backed rival Hamas, a development that underscores the ill will within the so-called unity government and could become the latest front for the proxy war between the Middle East powers. more...

14th April 2015 – Quoted by Eli Lake, Josh Rogin - Bloomberg

Putin Boosts Congress’s Case for Role in Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Demands from Congress that it should get to review President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran have received a boost from an unlikely source: Vladimir Putin. more...

13th April 2015 – Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

If Iran Cheats, Resurrecting Sanctions Wouldn’t Be Easy

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama's ability to sell any nuclear deal with Iran depends heavily on the idea that sanctions could quickly be "snapped back" if the agreement is violated, restoring the leverage needed to bring Tehran back into line. more...

13th April 2015 – Quoted by Dave Majumdar - The Daily Beast

Putin’s Missile Could Make U.S. Attacks on Iran Nearly Impossible

Mark Dubowitz

This nuke deal with Iran had better work. Because the Kremlin is lifting a ban on selling a powerful air defense system to Iran that would render an airstrike on Tehran’s nuclear weapons facilities nearly impossible. more...

12th April 2015 – Quoted by Robert McFarlane - The Washington Times

The Means of Coercing Iran

Mark Dubowitz

How would the prospects for stability in the Middle East be affected if Iran were to succeed in its effort to become a nuclear power? In what ways might we expect Iran to behave differently? more...


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13th May 2015 - 11:30 AM

Disputed Borders and the Struggle for Order: Addressing Security Threats in the Middle East

With continued Hezbollah activity emanating from Lebanon, Iran and the IRGC trying to set up a base of operations in the Golan Heights, the decline of the Assad regime in southern Syria, and rising tensions in the Sinai Peninsula, Israel's security situation has become increasingly complex and dangerous. What is the Israeli security outlook for the near and mid-term future?

2nd December 2014 - 12:00 PM

Extended Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: An Oil Market Perspective

The latest round of negotiations between the P5+1 and Iran resulted in a decision to extend negotiations until July 1, 2015. Given today’s low oil prices and glut in global oil supplies, the panel discussion will focus on how current market dynamics contribute to ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program