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Mark Dubowitz's Latest Books and Briefings

19th April 2017 – FDD Research

Auditing Standards for Clients Doing Business with Iran

Auditing Standards for Clients Doing Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

This CSIF discussion memorandum provides an assessment of the responsibilities of an external auditing accounting firm whose clients are doing business with Iran. It covers auditing, disclosure, and reporting. more...

6th October 2016 – FDD Event

Transcript of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East

Juan Zarate, Mark Dubowitz

Transcript of the discussion to mark the release of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East by Jay Solomon, chief foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. more...

14th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaws After One Year: Emboldened Iran and Diminished American Deterrence

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it is worth recalling why this deal is fatally flawed. The JCPOA provides Iran with a patient pathway to nuclear weapons capability by placing limited, temporary, and reversible constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities. more...

15th June 2016 – FDD-Roubini Report

Don’t Buy the Spin: Iran is Getting Economic Relief

Don’t Buy the Spin: Iran is Getting Economic Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In recent weeks, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has been on an international “road show” to encourage large European banks to return to business with Iran and to help alleviate their concerns about the legal risks associated with engaging with a country still under U.S. sanctions for money laundering, terrorism, missile proliferation, and human rights abuses. more...

16th October 2015 – FDD Press

Proliferation Fallout from the Iran Deal: The South Korean Case Study

Proliferation Fallout from the Iran Deal: The South Korean Case Study

Mark Dubowitz

The nuclear agreement with Iran, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), fails to achieve the stated goal of the P5+1: blocking all pathways to an Iranian nuclear bomb. more...

11th September 2015 – FDD - Roubini Report

Iran’s Mysterious Shrinking Reserves: Estimating the Value of Tehran’s Foreign Assets

Iran’s Mysterious Shrinking Reserves: Estimating the Value of Tehran’s Foreign Assets

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

A close review of the Iran nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has exposed a major divergence between estimates of the Iranian government’s assets held abroad. more...

26th August 2015 – FDD Press

Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Improving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) negotiated between the P5+1 and Iran places term-limited constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of many of the most impactful global sanctions. more...

7th July 2015 – FDD Press

‘SWIFT’ Warfare

‘SWIFT’ Warfare

Annie Fixler , Mark Dubowitz, Juan Zarate

Economic warfare is now the default instrument of coercive statecraft for confronting challenges to the international order. Sanctions have become President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice to combat Iran’s nuclear program, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the Assad regime in Syria, and the financing of terrorist groups such as the Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and others. more...

29th June 2015 – FDD - Roubini Report

Iran’s Economic Resilience Against Snapback Sanctions Will Grow Over Time

Iran’s Economic Resilience Against Snapback Sanctions Will Grow Over Time

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

As the P5+1 and Iran enter the final days to conclude a nuclear agreement, the details of the emerging deal are becoming clearer. In the final deal, Iran is likely to receive substantial payments from oil assets currently held in escrow accounts. more...

24th February 2015 – CSIF Launch Event

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mark Dubowitz

Good afternoon. My name is Mark Dubowitz, and on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, I’d like to welcome to the inaugural conference of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. more...

4th February 2015 – FDD - Roubini Report

Iran’s Economy Will Slow But Continue To Grow Under Cheaper Oil and Current Sanctions

Iran’s Economy Will Slow But Continue To Grow Under Cheaper Oil and Current Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

Iran has escaped from the severe recession that threatened its economy in 2012 and early 2013. more...

27th January 2015 – FDD Press

The Case for Deadline -Triggered Sanctions on Iran

The Case for Deadline -Triggered Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler , Juan Zarate

Deadline-triggered sanctions are a strategic necessity to make it clear to Iran the consequences of its unwillingness to reach a timely and acceptable nuclear compromise. more...

30th October 2014 – FDD - Roubini Report

Roubini Report: Out of the Red, Slowly Growing

Mark Dubowitz

With the November 24 deadline looming for the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna, we reassess the state of the Iranian economy and its near-term outlook in light of recent data, with particular attention to the value of previous sanctions relief. more...

15th July 2014 – FDD Press Release

Iran Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

Iran Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their seventh joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy. more...

26th June 2014 – FDD Press

Congress Can Defend Iran Sanctions Architecture, Provide Smart Relief After Final Deal

Congress Can Defend Iran Sanctions Architecture, Provide Smart Relief After Final Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Co-Authored by Richard Goldberg. As the P5+1 negotiates with Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, FDD released a new report outlining how Congress can help build a post-agreement sanctions architecture. more...

15th May 2014 – FDD Iran Sanctions Analysis

New Sentiment Indicator Shows Positive Impact of Sanctions Relief on Iran’s Economy

New Sentiment Indicator Shows Positive Impact of Sanctions Relief on Iran’s Economy

Mark Dubowitz

With P5+1 negotiators back in Vienna trying to hammer out a nuclear deal with Iran, a new quantitative indicator developed by Roubini Global Economics working... more...

1st May 2014 – FDD Press

Allies, Adversaries & Enemies: America’s Increasingly Complex Alliances

Allies, Adversaries & Enemies: America’s Increasingly Complex Alliances

Jonathan Schanzer, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Thomas Joscelyn, Reuel Marc Gerecht, David Andrew Weinberg, Tony Badran, Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi, Clifford D. May

This volume examines the growing problem of American allies that simultaneously act as Washington’s adversaries or even enemies. This phenomenon, which has markedly grown in recent decades, can be discerned in the U.S.'s bilateral relationships with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Turkey, all four of which are examined in extended case studies in this volume. more...

4th February 2014 – Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Negotiations on Iran’s Nuclear Program

Mark Dubowitz

Chairman Menendez, Ranking Member Corker, members of the Committee, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), thank you for inviting... more...

9th January 2014 – FDD Iran Sanctions Analysis

Early Signs of an Iranian Economic Recovery

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. Senate has 51 bipartisan co-sponsors for new legislation that would impose sanctions on Iran if it cheats on its obligations under the Joint Plan of Action... more...

10th December 2013 – FDD Iran Sanctions Analysis

The Real Value of Auto Sanctions Relief to Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

American sanctions on “Iran's auto industry, as well as sanctions on associated services,” like insurance, transportation and financial, will be suspended... more...