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18th April 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Use Iran Sanctions to Stop Assad

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Since the weekend military strike against chemical-weapons sites in Syria, the debate in Washington has centered on whether the strike went far enough. But policy makers should consider another question of equal importance: Is the U.S. prepared to cut off the financial lifelines that keep Bashar Assad in power? more...

1st April 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Europe Will Now Decide if the Iran Deal Survives

Mark Dubowitz

If you heard a series of loud booms on March 22, they probably came from the exploding heads of many in the American and European political elite, following the appointment of John Bolton as White House national security adviser. With the ascension of this “hawk,” President Obama’s nuclear accord with the Islamic Republic of Iran appears to be on life support. more...

23rd March 2018 – New York Daily News

With John Bolton, the Iran deal ‘nixers’ have an upper hand over the ‘fixers’

Mark Dubowitz

My long-standing hope for a fix to the fatal flaws of Barack Obama’s Iran nuclear deal may have just gone on life support with the appointment of John Bolton as President Trump’s national security adviser. While we are both strong critics of the deal, Bolton and I have dueled it out in Op-Ed pages on what to do about it. more...

14th March 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

The Pyongyang-Tehran Axis

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Defying precedent and conventional wisdom, President Trump says he’ll meet in May with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump wants a sustainable deal that leads to North Korean denuclearization. The president’s critics scoff, and even his supporters are rightly skeptical. But Mr. Trump has conditions: His policy of maximum sanctions pressure will remain in place, Pyongyang must commit to the goal of denuclearization upfront, and it must refrain from missile or nuclear tests during talks. That may give him some leverage. more...

1st March 2018 – The Australian

Australia must not be duped into softening its stance on Iran

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

China and North Korea topped the list of mutual security concerns last week when Malcolm Turnbull met US President Donald Trump in Washington. more...

23rd January 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Hit Ayatollah Khamenei in His Pocketbook

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trump administration already has offered rhetorical support to Iran’s antigovernment protesters. Now, nearly a month after the demonstrations began, how can the U.S. provide material help? Follow the money. more...

22nd January 2018 – Al-Arabiya

Revelations uncover bitter truths about Hezbollah’s dirty money

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

The Trump Administration and Democrats in the American Congress can’t agree on much these days. We’ve got a government shutdown in Washington to prove it. But there is at least one area where both Democrats and the President have a meeting of the minds: combatting Hezbollah. more...

1st January 2018 – Co-authored by Ray Takeyh - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Theocracy Is on the Brink

Mark Dubowitz

Iran has a peculiar habit of surprising Americans. It has done so again with the protests engulfing its major cities. The demonstrations began over economic grievances and quickly transformed into a rejection of theocracy. more...

1st January 2018 – Co-authored by Daniel B. Shapiro - Politico Magazine

Where We Can Agree on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Imagine a free, democratic, independent and wealthy Iran giving full expression to the beauty of Persian culture and the brains and spirit of its people. more...

15th December 2017 – The Weekly Standard

Deceptive Deja Vu

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

In France, all right-thinking people know instinctively what the pensée unique is—the socially acceptable view on any subject that ensures a Parisian won’t get axed from the better dinner parties and weekends in Normandy. The Democratic party, which remains a more coherent concatenation than the Republican party, has long been the camp in America more prone to virtue tests, which can, if you fail, get you sent to the woodshed or worse. more...

11th December 2017 – The New York Times

Iranian Terror. Argentinian Cover Up. Justice at Last?

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

One morning last week, Argentines woke up to a political earthquake: A judge had charged a former president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, with “treason against the homeland,” punishable by up to 25 years in prison. more...

15th October 2017 – Interviewed by Tobin Harshaw - Bloomberg

Has Trump Fixed the ‘Worst Deal Ever’? Kinda, Sorta

Mark Dubowitz

Decertifying the Iran pact isn't the same thing as ripping it up. But Iran hawk Mark Dubowitz thinks it could be a start to a tougher agreement. more...

11th October 2017 – USA Today

‘Decertify, pressure and fix’

Mark Dubowitz

Decertifying the nuclear deal with Iran is the first step toward fixing its severe deficiencies that place Iran on a North Korean-style glide path to developing nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles. more...

25th September 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

How Trump Can Improve the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Powerful voices at home and abroad are pressuring President Trump to give his blessing to his predecessor’s nuclear agreement with Iran. Mr. Trump has repeatedly pledged to renegotiate the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or scrap it altogether. There is a way for him to highlight the agreement’s egregious deficiencies while showing his determination to improve the deal or leave it. We call this strategy “decertify, waive, slap and fix.” more...

1st August 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Averting a Third Lebanon War

Mark Dubowitz

Hezbollah’s missile buildup, facilitated by Lebanon and Iran, is forcing Israel’s hand. more...

28th July 2017 – Equities

Mark Dubowitz from the Foundation for Defense of Democracies on US Policy Toward Russia

Mark Dubowitz

In a recent interview with Julie Banderas for the Fox News Channel, Mark Dubowitz, executive director for the Foundation for Defensive Democracies, a non-profit, policy institute focusing on foreign policy and national security, discussed the following points regarding Sessions’ recusal and the related distractions stemming from the ongoing investigation of Russia’s meddling in the US Presidential election. more...

4th July 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Confront Iran the Reagan Way

Mark Dubowitz

One message of President Trump’s is popular at home with his political base and embraced abroad by key Middle Eastern allies: The Islamic Republic of Iran is imperialist, repressive, and—unless we adopt a new strategy—on its way toward possessing nuclear weapons. To keep the threat at bay, Mr. Trump should take a page from the playbook Ronald Reagan used against the Soviet Union. more...

17th May 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

Trump Tries a ‘Waive-and-Slap’ Approach to Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration had no sooner renewed a waiver on U.S. sanctions against Iran’s crude-oil exports Wednesday than it introduced a raft of new sanctions against the regime. Call it the waive-and-slap approach. more...

22nd March 2017 – The Wall Street Journal

The Delusion of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump promised to rigorously and radically enforce the Iran nuclear agreement, which he called “the worst deal ever negotiated.” It sounds tough, but it’s an approach that plays into the hands of the Iranian mullahs. more...

6th March 2017 – Foreign Affairs

Labeling Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Mark Dubowitz

Last month, the Donald Trump administration noted that it was contemplating whether to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization, a State Department listing that includes Hamas, Hezbollah, the Islamic State (also known as ISIS), and many other groups. more...