Analysis & Commentary

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.

27th January 2015 - FDD Press

The Case for Deadline -Triggered Sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler , Juan Zarate

Deadline-triggered sanctions are a strategic necessity to make it clear to Iran the consequences of its unwillingness to reach a timely and acceptable nuclear compromise.

10th December 2014 - FDD Press

Qatar and Terror Finance

David Andrew Weinberg

Qatar’s performance in the fight against terror finance tests the notion that it is a reliable friend and ally. Despite its tiny size, Doha is now being described by some U.S. officials as the region’s biggest source of private donations to radical groups in Syria and Iraq.

19th November 2014 - FDD Press

Bordering on Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer, Merve Tahiroglu

Southeastern Turkey has now become a jurisdiction for terrorism finance, weapons smuggling, illegal oil sales, and the flow of fighters to Syria. This pipeline serves the interest of several terrorist organizations, including Jabhat al-Nusra (JN) and the Islamic State (IS).

30th October 2014 - FDD - Roubini Report

Roubini Report: Out of the Red, Slowly Growing

Mark Dubowitz

With the November 24 deadline looming for the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna, we reassess the state of the Iranian economy and its near-term outlook in light of recent data, with particular attention to the value of previous sanctions relief.

22nd October 2014 - FDD Press

China’s Post-2014 Role in Afghanistan

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

As the United States draws down from Afghanistan, regional actors are recalibrating their policies to protect their interests in the country.

19th September 2014 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats

Islamist Foreign Fighters Returning Home and the Threat to Europe

Thomas Joscelyn

Chairman Rohrabacher, Ranking Member Keating and members of the Committee, thank you for inviting me here today to discuss the threat posed by Islamist foreign fighters returning home to Europe. We have been asked to answer the question, “How are European countries addressing the threat,...

9th September 2014 - House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Hamas’s Benefactors: A Network of Terror

Jonathan Schanzer

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, Chairman Poe, Ranking Member Deutch, Ranking Member Sherman, and distinguished members of these subcommittees, on behalf of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, I thank you for the opportunity to discuss with you today the state sponsors of the Palestinian...

23rd July 2014 - House Armed Services Committee - Subcommittee on Strategic Forces

U.S. National Missile Defense and the Growing Threat: Is a “Limited Defense” Enough?

I am honored to be asked to testify before you today on this important subject. I have incorporated in this testimony my answers to the five sets of questions sent to me by the Committee.

22nd July 2014 - FDD Research

The Petropower War On Fracking

David Andrew Weinberg

In London late last month, NATO’s Secretary General revealed what many in the energy industry have long suspected...

18th July 2014 - FDD Translation from The Turkish Daily

A Call to the Chief Rabbi

Merve Tahiroglu

A translation of the open-letter by Turkish journalist Faruk Kose to the chief Rabbi of Turkey: When these Jews, who cause strife and mischief every place they go, were banished from Spain, Ottomans opened their arms to them.

15th July 2014 - FDD Press Release

Iran Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their seventh joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy.

26th June 2014 - FDD Press

Congress Can Defend Iran Sanctions Architecture, Provide Smart Relief After Final Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Co-Authored by Richard Goldberg. As the P5+1 negotiates with Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs, FDD released a new report outlining how Congress can help build a post-agreement sanctions architecture.

11th June 2014 - Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology

Comments on the Revocation of Citizenship for Treason, Armed Conflict, and Terrorism under Bill C-24

Sheryl Saperia


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