Analysis & Commentary


16th October 2018 - The Washington Times

‘America is not the enemy, the enemy is right here’

Tzvi Kahn

Ali Larijani, speaker of the Iranian parliament, has described the United States as a “threat to the entire world.” But his daughter Fatemeh Ardeshir-Larijani is safe in Ohio, where she recently completed the first year of her residency in internal medicine. In relative obscurity, she...

16th October 2018 - FDD Press

Former Government Officials, Policy Experts Support SWIFT Sanctions on Iran

Washington, D.C., October 16, 2018 – A group of 30 former government officials and Iran experts, in a statement released today, urged the Trump administration to fully enforce U.S. sanctions on banks represented on the board of directors of the SWIFT financial messaging service if the...

15th October 2018 - Newsy

The Briefing

Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan joins Newsy to discuss the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi and the ongoing Saudi Crisis.

15th October 2018 - Fox Business Network

Cavuto Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD's John Hannah joins Cavuto to discuss the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

15th October 2018 - The Washington Post

Pastor Brunson is free. But the West still needs a policy on Erdogan’s hostages.

Aykan Erdemir, Merve Tahiroglu

In a major reversal Friday, a Turkish court ordered the release of pastor Andrew Craig Brunson, an American evangelical missionary jailed in Turkey for the past two years. The pastor’s prosecution, based on farcical charges of espionage and conspiracy, had rattled Turkish American...

14th October 2018 - BBC

BBC World News

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer joins BBC World News to discuss the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

12th October 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Lawsuit causes German-Iranian consultant to resign from pro-Iran group

Benjamin Weinthal

The Lawfare Project announced on Wednesday that a controversial German-Iranian business consultant, who works to boost trade with Islamic Republic of Iran, resigned his position on the board of the umbrella organization for Shi’ite Muslims in Germany--an entity that has a strong presence...

12th October 2018 - FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Congress Again Puts Hezbollah and Its Partners in Its Crosshairs

Tyler Stapleton

Despite Congressional measures to push Hezbollah out of the formal banking sector in Lebanon, Hezbollah has continued to thrive in Lebanon through illicit finance channels and has received funding through its patron Iran. To counteract this, Congress last night unanimously approved the...

12th October 2018 - The Globalist- Co- authored by John Lechner

Khashoggi Crisis Holds a Mirror to Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi has gone missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, sparking a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

12th October 2018 - Fox News

Outnumbered: Overtime

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer joins Outnumbered: Overtime to discuss the release of U.S. Pastor Andrew Brunson.

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...

12th October 2018 - FDD Policy Brief - Co- authored by John Lechner

Khashoggi Crisis Holds a Mirror to Turkey

Aykan Erdemir

Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi has gone missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, sparking a diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The Turkish government alleges that a Saudi “assassin team” arrived in Istanbul to murder and dismember Khashoggi,...

11th October 2018 - Forbes

Seeking Sanctions Resistance Through Blockchain Technology

Yaya J. Fanusie

Policy experts can argue about the appropriateness of various sanctions policies. Some voice concerns that the U.S. overuses sanctions tools while others convey that the U.S. must increase targeted sanctions to hinder the financiers that enable terrorists and corrupt regimes. But there has...

11th October 2018 - KABC

McIntyre in the Morning

Varsha Koduvayur

FDD's Varsha Koduvayur discuss the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

10th October 2018 - The Jerusalem Post

Boycott-Israel activists disrupt Holocaust film in Berlin

Benjamin Weinthal

Berlin – Two activists from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign disrupted the presentation of an Israeli Holocaust film in Berlin last week, prompting Israeli security officials to evict the protesters as the audience booed the stoppage caused by the BDS people.

10th October 2018 - CGTN's America

The World Today

Aykan Erdemir

FDD's Aykan Erdemir discusses the strained relationship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

10th October 2018 - FDD Research

SWIFT Sanctions: Frequently Asked Questions

Mark Dubowitz

In 2012, Congress adopted legislation authorizing the president to impose sanctions on persons that provide financial messaging services to the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) or any other designated Iranian financial institution. This legislation led to the disconnection of the CBI and other...

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.

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.

10th October 2018 - Axios

U.S. and India headed toward clash over Iranian oil sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

India, a country the Trump administration has called “a key security and economic partner,” will soon test U.S. resolve on Iran. Two Indian firms are reportedly seeking to purchase Iranian oil in November. Should the imports go through, they would contravene the stated U.S. aim of...

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