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12th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

IMF and World Bank Predict Economic Slowdown in Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The IMF and World Bank this month released data predicting Iran’s economy will shrink over the next two years. This data follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement in May to leave the Iran nuclear deal and to re-impose U.S. sanctions. The first round of renewed sanctions took effect in August, with another round coming in early November. more...

10th October 2018 – Quoted by Algemeiner

Iran Joins Global Initiative to Combat Terrorism; Loopholes for Hamas and Hezbollah

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Looking to avoid further international sanctions, 143 out of 268 Iranian lawmakers voted on Sunday to support a UN Convention to end terrorist financing, but the bill they passed contains loopholes for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. more...

10th October 2018 – Quoted by JNS

Iran joins global initiative to combat terrorism, loopholes for Hamas and Hezbollah

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Looking to avoid further international sanctions, 143 out of 268 Iranian lawmakers voted on Sunday to support a U.N. Convention to end terrorist financing but the bill they passed contains loopholes for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. more...

9th October 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Iranian Anti-Terror Finance Bill Includes Exemptions to Allow Funding of Hezbollah

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

A recently passed bill by the Iranian parliament or Majlis, which was supposed to end the Islamic Republic’s support for terror financing, leaves huge loopholes, allowing the regime to continue funding terror groups such as Hezbollah, two experts assessed in an analysis Monday. more...

8th October 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iranian Parliament Approves Terror Finance Bill with Loopholes for Hamas and Hezbollah

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Toby Dershowitz

The Iranian parliament passed a bill this week that authorizes the country to join the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (CFT), one of several prerequisites for Iran’s removal from the Financial Action Task Force’s (FATF) blacklist of states that engage in systemic money laundering and terror finance. FATF will be reviewing Iran's case next week. more...

26th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Reports of Corruption Reinforce Case for Iran Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

“The Iranian people are rightly outraged,” President Trump told the UN General Assembly yesterday, “that their leaders have embezzled billions of dollars from Iran’s treasury, seized valuable portions of the economy, and looted the people’s religious endowments, all to line their own pockets and send their proxies to wage war.” more...

19th September 2018 – RealClearWorld

Europe’s Leading Companies Are Bowing to U.S. Sanctions

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Corporate Europe is bowing to the pressure of Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Iran. The continent’s leading multinational firms, such as Airbus, Maersk, Peugeot, Total, and Siemens, are leaving a market many of them entered with enthusiasm after the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. more...

18th September 2018 – The Hill

Iran hires financial arsonist to fight its financial fires

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Tyler Stapleton

With its economy reeling and its currency in free fall, Iran hired a new central banker in August to restore public confidence. President Hasan Rouhani appointed Abdolnaser Hemmati to replace Valiollah Seif as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI). Hemmati has a long history of laundering money and violating U.S. sanctions, just as Seif did. Neither the United States nor European governments should be fooled into believing that Hemmati is any sort of reformer. more...

13th September 2018 – Quoted by Radio Farda

Iran Poses As Much Threat To Europe As It Does To US, Says Think Tank

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

A new report released by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) suggests the U.S. should still work to bridge its differences with Europe, as the violent Islamism of Iran’s clerical regime poses as much of a threat to Europe as it does to the United States. more...

10th September 2018 – FDD Research Memo

Major Global Companies are Leaving Iran to Avoid U.S. Sanctions: FDD Study

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Major international corporations are leaving Iran rather than face the risk of unilateral U.S. sanctions, despite the efforts of European governments to neutralize the sanctions’ impact, according to a new report issued today by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD). more...

10th September 2018 – FDD Research Memo

Foreign Investment in Iran: Multinational Firms’ Compliance with U.S. Sanctions

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

When President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal with Iran, he ushered in a high-stakes competition between the United States and Europe to determine whether unilateral U.S. sanctions could impose overwhelming pressure on Iran, or if European governments could protect the economic gains that accrued to Tehran from the nuclear deal. If European countermeasures defused American sanctions, the incentives for Iran to abide by the deal would remain intact. Perhaps more importantly, Europe would demonstrate that Washington cannot wage economic warfare without its consent and participation. more...

29th August 2018 – Quoted by Alex Vatanka in Foreign Policy

Rouhani’s Path to Becoming Supreme Leader

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

On Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani appeared in front of Iran’s parliament to defend his government’s economic record. He faced a tough crowd. The body had already removed his economy minister, Masoud Karbasian, on Sunday. And before that, it had canned his labor minister, Ali Rabiei. Both were ousted on charges amounting to incompetence. more...

6th August 2018 – Quoted by John Bennett - CQ Roll Call

White House’s Mixed Messages to Iran Continue With Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trump administration reactivated sanctions Monday on Iran in an attempt to further squeeze its stumbling economy, a tough move that is the latest in a volley of mixed signals from Washington. more...

3rd August 2018 – Quoted by Bel Trew - The Independent

Thousands protest for a fourth consecutive day in Iran on eve of US sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Thousands of people have rallied for a fourth day in Iran against soaring unemployment and a dramatic drop in the currency, as the country braces for the return of crippling US sanctions next week. more...

3rd August 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s New Central Bank Governor Tied to Sanctioned Entities

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Behnam Ben Taleblu

On July 25, Abdolnasser Hemmati replaced Valiollah Seif as the governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI).  more...

2nd August 2018 – Manoto


Saeed Ghasseminejad

FDD's Saeed Ghasseminejad joins Manoto to discuss the recent protests in Iran and the falling economy. more...

15th July 2018 – Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

Mullah-Sender zeigt erzwungene Geständnisse

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

Junge Frauen mussten sich im iranischen Staatsfernsehen öffentlich dafür entschuldigen, Instagram-Videos aufgenommen zu haben, in denen sie tanzen. more...

10th July 2018 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

Bring Back Sanctions on Iranian State TV, Too

Saeed Ghasseminejad

An 18-year old gymnast named Maedeh Hojabri is the latest Iranian to confess to a crime on state television. Her offense? Posting videos on Instagram that featured her dancing to popular music without wearing a hijab. more...

5th July 2018 – Real Clear World

The Rial’s Fall Shakes Tehran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A small number of merchants in Tehran on June 24 protested against the rapid depreciation of the rial, the Iranian currency. One day later, that small protest turned into the largest demonstration in Tehran since the Green Revolution of 2009, which brought hundreds of thousands into the streets. more...

3rd July 2018 – Quoted by Francesca Chambers - The Daily Mail

Trump appears to confirm Iranian cleric’s claims that Obama administration granted citizenship to 2,

Saeed Ghasseminejad

President Trump appeared to confirm a report on Tuesday that Barack Obama's administration granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians in 2015, including family members of government officials, while negotiating the Iran nuclear deal. more...