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11th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Should Re-impose Sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

President Trump this week must decide whether the State Department will continue waiving congressional sanctions against the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the primary propaganda organ of the clerical regime. 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...

1st July 2018 – Arab News

ANALYSIS: Qatar will pay a price for its financial links with Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Varsha Koduvayur

Iran’s mullahs are growing nervous about Tehran’s access to foreign markets, and with good reason. more...

22nd June 2018 – Business Insider

Iran’s supreme leader torpedoed his country’s best chance to get off the terror financing blacklist

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran's own Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, may have just torpedoed his own country's campaign to be removed from the blacklist of states who cannot or will not prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. more...

13th June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Major Austrian Energy Firm to Leave Iran

Saeed Ghasseminejad

OMV, a major Austrian energy firm, will no longer resist U.S. efforts to re-impose sanctions on Iran. “Let’s face it, you cannot simply carry on in Iran,” said CEO Reiner Seele, “U.S. sanctions are a much bigger risk for OMV’s business than any possible compensation that Europe ... could offer.” The OMV reversal follows the decision of oil giants such as Total, British Petroleum, and Lukoil to leave Iran’s market despite European governments’ opposition to U.S. policy. more...

12th June 2018 – Toronto Sun

Is Canada a safe haven for corrupt Iranian officials and their money?

Sheryl Saperia, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Trudeau government has been under heavy fire lately for its continued pursuit of re-establishing diplomatic ties with Iran, but a shift may be underway. On Monday, several members of the Liberal caucus were strongly supportive of a Conservative motion that calls for, among other things, an immediate cessation of any negotiations to restore diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic and a prompt designation of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code. more...

1st June 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

In Iran, Intense Capital Flight Threatens Economy

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Parliament Research Center, an official arm of the country’s legislature, published a report last week that sheds light on the extent of capital flight from Iran and the causes of the rial’s depreciation. more...

4th May 2018 – Foreign Policy

The United States Should Seize on Iran’s Currency Crisis

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

While the debate over the future of the Iran nuclear deal and U.S. military strategy in Syria rages in Washington, policymakers cannot afford to miss the historic events unfolding inside Iran. The United States’ response to these developments will not only affect the future of the Islamic Republic but Syria and the broader Middle East, too. more...

11th April 2018 – The Hill

Iran’s currency is in free fall — time for the US to exploit it

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

The Iranian rial fell to a record low this weekend, largely in response to President Trump’s appointment of John Bolton – seen as hawkish on Iran – to serve as his national security advisor. FDD experts Richard Goldberg and Saeed Ghasseminejad argue that the administration should use Iran’s economic unrest to its advantage in shaping tougher foreign policy towards Iran – including re-imposing sanctions. more...

23rd February 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

The Dire Consequences of Iran’s Water Crisis

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Islamic Republic’s decades-long mismanagement of water resources has led to a shortage of fresh water, a problem compounded by drought and rising temperatures due to climate change. The shortage is acutely felt across Iran and has fueled recent protests against the government. more...

16th February 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Lawmakers Can Defend Iranian Dissidents and Punish the Revolutionary Guards at the Same Time

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

There is bipartisan consensus in Congress on the need to support the nonviolent protesters in Iran who are calling for an end to corruption and dictatorship. One important way to protect the protesters from surveillance and punishment would be to sanction Iran’s largest telecommunications enterprise, the Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI). more...

6th February 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

The Case for Designating Iran’s State Media

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

During the recent protests in Iran, dissidents both inside and outside the country asked the U.S. government to enforce sanctions against Tehran’s state-run media enterprise, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB). 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...

13th December 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iranian Budget Hints at British Ransom Payment

Saeed Ghasseminejad

This past weekend, British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson departed Tehran without securing the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, the Iranian-British dual citizen being held hostage by Tehran. However, a single line in Iran’s newly released budget proposal for the coming fiscal year suggests that London and Tehran may be close to a ransom arrangement. more...

1st November 2017 – The Hill

Iran’s supreme leader has a business empire — the US must sanction it

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu and Research Fellow Saeed Ghasseminejad discuss the need to have a high-profile determination to target EIKO (Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order) – an Iranian holding company owned by the Supreme Leader that has a stake in nearly every sector of the Iranian economy. more...

8th October 2017 – Fox News

Trump should refuse to certify the Iran deal as the first step to fixing a deeply flawed agreement

Saeed Ghasseminejad, David Adesnik

The Washington Post and New York Times reported Thursday night that President Trump will soon announce his refusal to certify that the nuclear deal with Iran is in America’s national interest. This is the right call, because decertification is the indispensable first step toward fixing a deeply flawed agreement that puts Iran on the path to becoming another North Korea. more...

18th July 2017 – Foreign Policy

If Trump Is Serious About Curbing Iran, He’ll Kill Boeing’s Plan to Sell It Planes

John Hannah, Saeed Ghasseminejad

If the president and his administration are as committed to combating terrorism and Iranian aggression as they’ve suggested, blocking the Boeing and Airbus deals really shouldn’t be too hard of a call. more...

29th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

How the Nuclear Deal Boosted Iran’s Economy

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Last week, the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) announced a staggering 12.5 percent GDP growth rate for the most recent year on the Persian calendar, which ran from March 2016 to March 2017. more...

24th April 2017 – RealClearDefense

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last month it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines –Iran’s third-largest carrier – in a deal valued at around $3 billion. more...

11th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

CEO of Iranian Airline to Buy Boeing Jets Has Ties to IRGC

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Boeing announced last week it would sell 30 B737 Max aircraft to Aseman Airlines – a government-owned carrier that is Iran’s third-largest – in a deal valued at around $3 billion. The deal appears to be permitted under the 2015 nuclear agreement, which lifted U.S. sanctions against the Islamic Republic’s aviation sector. There is, however, a problem: Aseman’s CEO, Hossein Alaei, is a decades-long senior member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which remains under U.S. sanctions. more...