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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.

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

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...

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