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15th April 2014 - Quoted by Today's Zaman

Dubai May Be a Hub for Turkey and Iran’s Illicit Transactions

Jonathan Schanzer

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington-based think tank, has claimed in a policy brief issued on Monday that Dubai may have turned into...

15th April 2014 - Quoted by Glen Johnson, Al Jazeera

Syria’s Conflict Raises Turkey Tension

Jonathan Schanzer

Men sit playing cards in a cafe perched beside the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean. The craggy peak of Mount Aqraa stretches away in the distance.

15th April 2014 - Quoted by Zack Beauchamp, Vox

A Nigerian Terrorist Group Just Kidnapped 100 Girls to Keep Them From Going to School

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, one of the world's most dangerous Islamist groups, just abducted 100 girls from a school in northeastern Nigeria. Why would...

14th April 2014 - Quoted by Anna Yukhananov and Warren Strobel, Reuters

After Success on Iran, U.S. Treasury’s Sanctions Team Faces New Challenges

Mark Dubowitz

This is what the modern American war room looks like: the clocks on the wall show the times in Kabul, Tehran and Bogota. The faces around the conference...

14th April 2014 - Quoted by Aaron T. Rose, Daily News - Egypt

Cairo Court Officially Rules Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis a Terrorist Organisation

David Barnett

On Monday the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters ruled the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis a terrorist organisation, compelling the Egyptian...

14th April 2014 - Quoted by Rick Gladstone. The New York Times

Sanctions Are Eased; Iran Sees Little Relief

Mark Dubowitz

Halfway through a six-month nuclear deal between Iran and major world powers that was meant to allow time to reach a comprehensive agreement, the Iranians have...

14th April 2014 - Quoted by Michael Weiss, NOW Media

Renewed Talks

David Andrew Weinberg

It was inevitable that US policy toward Syria and Iran would have a discernible knock-on effect in the Gulf Arab states. Whatever truth there is to the argument that the...

13th April 2014 - Quoted by Hend Kortam and Joel Gulhane, Daily News - Egypt

Egyptian Accused of Terrorism Charges After Returning From Syria

David Barnett

Prosecution has ordered the detention of an Egyptian citizen, who recently returned from fighting in Syria, for 15 days on terror-related...

12th April 2014 - Quoted by Awad Mustafa, Defense News

Warmer US-Iran Ties Would Not Undermine Saudis

David Andrew Weinberg

Although Saudi Arabia is skeptical of a US-Iranian rapprochement and the kingdom faces lost oil revenue if sanctions are dropped against Tehran, it will remain...

11th April 2014 - Quoted by Keith Johnson, Foreign Policy

Crude Business

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration may be betting that sanctions on Iranian oil exports force the country to make concessions over its nuclear program. But Iran is now...

11th April 2014 - Quoted by Ron Bousso, Reuters

Iran’s Oil Exports Surge Above West’s Sanctions Cap -IEA

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's crude oil exports have surged to their highest in 20 months, far exceeding a one million barrel-per-day limit set by the West under an interim deal on curbing...

10th April 2014 - Syndicated

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Boris Zilberman

Ukraine and Russia.

8th April 2014 - Cited by Bradley Klapper, The Associated Press

Russia Oil Talks Post New Hurdle to Iran Nuke Pact

Mark Dubowitz

The United States could impose economic sanctions if Iran and Russia move forward with a reported oil-for-goods contract, Secretary...

8th April 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Senators: Iran-Russia Trade Deal Opens Floodgates for Nuke Materials, Weapons

Mark Dubowitz

Iran and Russia’s recently announced $20 billion oil-for-goods trade deal has sparked concerns that Moscow is seeking to open up a direct...

8th April 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Is Iran About to Violate the Interim Deal?

Mark Dubowitz

As Russia seems poised to extend its land grab into eastern Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is also edging toward a deal with Iran that would make...

8th April 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake, The Daily Beast

Russia’s Ace in the Hole: a Super-Missile It Can Sell to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Tensions between Russia and the West are hitting a new peak. And in this face-off, Moscow has an extraordinary piece of leverage: a...

7th April 2014 - Quoted by Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

House Bill Demands Tougher Line Against Hezbollah

Jonathan Schanzer

House lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill Monday aimed at cutting off money and propaganda support for Hezbollah. The...

7th April 2014 - Quoted by M.L. Nestel and Ryan Walsh, Vocativ

The Mysterious “Second Shooter” at Fort Hood

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Last Wednesday, at about 4 p.m. EST, as first word of the shootings at Fort Hood quickly spread, a number of reports, official and unofficial...

6th April 2014 - Quoted by Deniz Arslan, Today's Zaman

Erdoğan’s Foreign Policy Faces Rough Road Between Landmark Elections

Jonathan Schanzer

In the wake of the Justice and Development Party's (AK Party) success in the March 30 municipal elections and ahead of the upcoming...

6th April 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Middle East Collapse: Does Kerry Finally Get It?

Jonathan Schanzer

Maybe Secretary of State John Kerry should have done a “reality check” a year ago. If he had, he wouldn’t have wasted a lot of time...

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