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20th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Latest Test Shows It Is Doubling Down on Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran reportedly tried to test yet another ballistic missile last week – the latest in a series of tests dating back to October. Despite the launch’s failure, it succeeded in a larger goal: continuing Tehran’s experimentation with delivery vehicles that could be topped with a nuclear...

18th July 2016 - FDD Press

The Third Lebanon War

Tony Badran, Jonathan Schanzer, David Daoud

In August 2015, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) released its first-ever public strategy paper, highlighting the complex challenges to Israel’s national security. Notably, it was not Iran’s nuclear program nor its ballistic missile development that ranked as the greatest threats to...

18th July 2016 - FDD Press

Flying Above the Radar

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler , Yaya J. Fanusie

With the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in January 2016, most international sanctions against Iran have been lifted. These include long-standing U.S. sanctions against Iran’s aviation sector. The United States has removed all but four Iranian civilian...

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...

24th June 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Watchdog Ruling Proves It’s Still Unsafe to Do Business with Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The decision by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), a global financial watchdog supported by more than 30 Western countries, to suspend countermeasures against Iran for one year rather than totally remove the country from its blacklist is a sign that Iran “still has a long way to go...

16th June 2016 - Quoted by Vijeta Uniyal - Legal Insurrection

Leading German bank shuts down anti-Israel BDS account

Benjamin Weinthal

What should be first of its kind, a leading German bank has shut down an account connected to the anti-Israel boycott campaign — also know by the acronym of BDS. Commerzbank, Germany’s second largest bank, closed the account of anti-Israel and pro-BDS website “Der Semit”.

15th June 2016 - FDD-Roubini Report

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...

2nd June 2016 - FDD Press

Russian Hybrid Warfare: How to Confront a New Challenge to the West

Pasi Eronen

In 2013, General Valery Gerasimov, chief of Russia’s Armed Forces, publicly unveiled a fresh idea. In what came to be called the Gerasimov Doctrine,1 he described “new-generation” warfare – pre-emptive operations employing a mixture of nonmilitary and military measures to achieve...

11th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Abbas Establishes New Court to Consolidate Hold on Power

Grant Rumley

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has formed a new constitutional court that will have primacy over lower courts and further entrench his hold on power, Reuters reported on Monday.

5th April 2016 - International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague

The Islamic State’s Global Propaganda Strategy

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

This Research Paper aims to analyse in depth the global propaganda strategy of the so-called “Islamic State” (IS) by looking at the methods through which this grand strategy is carried out as well as the objectives that IS wants to achieve through it.

17th March 2016 - Research Memo

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program and Economic Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran this week engaged in a series of ballistic-missile drills, launching next-generation short-, medium-, and long range missiles from silos and missile bases built deep underground and in mountains. It was the third ballistic missile test since last summer’s nuclear deal.

3rd February 2016 - FDD Press

Nuclear Deal: Impact on Iran-Turkey Economic Relations

Jonathan Schanzer

The recent implementation of the Iran nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) will have a profound impact on the Middle East. From heightened tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia to Iran’s ability to finance terrorist proxies with sanctions relief, there are many...

27th January 2016 - FDD Press

The Iran-North Korea Nuclear Nexus: Unanswered Questions

Is there a nuclear proliferation nexus between Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK)? Pyongyang tested a nuclear weapon in early January – its fourth such test in a decade and its third since President Barack Obama took office. A top Iranian official overseeing...

11th January 2016 - FDD Press

Doubling Down on Damascus: Iran’s Military Surge to Save the Assad Regime

Max Peck

Iran’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in his country’s civil war reached new heights in 2015.

1st January 2016 - Oxford University Press

Lawfare: Law as a Weapon of War

Orde Kittrie

In Lawfare, author Orde Kittrie draws on his experiences as a lawfare practitioner, US State Department attorney, and international law scholar in analyzing the theory and practice of lawfare.

20th November 2015 - FDD Press

Monumental Fight: Countering the Islamic State’s Antiquities Trafficking

Yaya J. Fanusie

In the four and a half years since the Syrian civil war began, the terrorist group known as Islamic State (IS) has become one of the most destabilizing actors in the Middle East.

16th October 2015 - FDD Press

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.

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....

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.

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