Analysis & Commentary


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.

23rd February 2015 - FDD Report

Sanctions Relief under the JPOA

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The White House insists that sanctions relief has provided Iran with less of a windfall than Tehran had hoped. The administration claims, that in the first half of last year, Iran’s direct revenues in cash and non-oil exports were over $2 billion less than Washington had predicted – $4.6...

9th February 2015 - Wikistrat

Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis’s Oath of Allegiance to the Islamic State

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

On November 10, 2014, the Egypt-based jihadist group Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis (ABM) – already notorious for its attacks on Egyptian security forces and religious minorities, and for utilizing brutal methods such as beheadings – pledged its allegiance (bayat) to the self-proclaimed caliphate...

8th February 2015 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

Doha’s Dangerous Dalliance

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Qatari support for Islamist non-state actors has been an escalating source of tension for the monarchy in some of its vital relationships.

4th February 2015 - FDD - Roubini Report

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.

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