Analysis & Commentary

21st September 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Still Hope for Regime Change in Iran

Benjamin Weinthal

To better understand tha Islamic Republic of Iran, don’t turn straight away to the front page of the newspaper. Rather flip to the labor union and business sections and press. Growing worker unrest, particularly among trade unions, suggests that regime change in Iran cannot be summarily...

11th September 2015 - FDD - Roubini Report

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.

3rd September 2015 - FDD Press

The Race to Replace Mahmoud Abbas

Grant Rumley

The Palestinian national project is at a crossroads. Mahmoud Abbas—the aging president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and leader of Fatah—is 10 years into a four-year term as PA president and shows no signs of stepping down....

2nd September 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama’s Pyrrhic Victory on Iran

Clifford D. May

Reaction to the 34th vote in favor of upholding a veto of a disapproval of the Iran deal (cast by a retiring Democrat, by the way) has been noteworthy for its high-mindedness.

26th August 2015 - FDD Press

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.

7th July 2015 - FDD Press

‘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...

7th July 2015 - FDD Press

The Cyber Financial Wars on the Horizon

Juan Zarate

Cyberattacks and intrusions threaten U.S. private sector institutions on a daily basis.

29th June 2015 - FDD - Roubini Report

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.

26th June 2015 - FDD CSIF

Sanctions Evasion Series

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) is introducing a new publication series focusing on the issue of sanctions evasion.

5th June 2015 - Turkish Policy Quarterly

Turkey and Iran: The Best of Frenemies

Merve Tahiroglu, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Inheriting a legacy of imperial competition, the Turkey-Iran rivalry today manifests itself through the contest for leadership of the Arab Middle East, and Muslim hearts and minds more generally.

2nd June 2015 - FDD - Roubini Report

Turkish Medium-Term Economic Scenarios: The Costs of Policy Stasis

Jonathan Schanzer

The majority of the analysis on Turkey’s general elections, to be held on June 7, has focused on the domestic political ramifications of President Erdoğan’s

2nd June 2015 - FDD Research

2015 Turkish Parliamentary Elections

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey’s June 7 elections will determine the composition of the parliament for the next four years. Polls show the AKP, in power since 2002, potentially suffering significant setbacks.

24th March 2015 - FDD Press

Persian Truths and American Self-Deception

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

A monograph exploring the personalities and motivations of three Iranian leaders who are currently deeply engaged in the Iranian nuclear negotiations with the United States.

10th March 2015 - FDD Press Release

New Report Documents Saudi Rights Abuses That Harm U.S. Interests

David Andrew Weinberg

FDD Senior Fellow David Andrew Weinberg is the principal author of a new report outlining the dangerous consequences that could result if the United States continues to condone or ignore human rights abuses by the Saudi Arabian government.

24th February 2015 - CSIF Launch Event

Russia, China, and the Future of Economic Warfare

Chip Poncy

The second panel focused on the future of economic warfare and questioned whether the United States might already be in or headed toward a form of economic warfare with Russia and China.

24th February 2015 - CSIF Launch Event

Remarks from General Michael V. Hayden

General Michael Hayden, former NSA and CIA director, provided remarks on the transformation of economic coercions and the evolution of targeted sanctions, which he called “the precision-guided weapons of the 21st century.”

24th February 2015 - CSIF Launch Event

Keynote Remarks from Juan Zarate

Juan Zarate

CSIF Senior Counselor Juan Zarate offered remarks on the vision and goals of the Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. He noted that we have entered a new era in which financial power and economic influence are central to national security and are filling the gap between diplomacy and...

24th February 2015 - CSIF Launch Event

New Threats from Illicit Finance in the Middle East and Africa

Jonathan Schanzer, Thomas Joscelyn

What challenges do the U.S. and its allies face in combatting the threats of illicit finance, not only today but over a longer horizon?

24th February 2015 - CSIF Launch Event

Transcript of Keynote Remarks from Juan Zarate

Juan Zarate

It’s really an honor for me to be here. Mark, I want to thank you for all the kind things you said at the introduction and certainly at this introduction.

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.


Ali Alfoneh

Senior Fellow

Tony Badran

Research Fellow, Levant

Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Aykan Erdemir

Nonresident Senior Fellow


Yaya J. Fanusie

Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance - Director of Analysis

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