Analysis & Commentary


17th April 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Tear down Iran’s anti-democracy wall

Benjamin Weinthal

Since the closure of the Iran nuclear deal negotiations in July, Khamenei has intensified his efforts to block Western influences into Iranian society.

17th April 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

A Clinton Iran approach Republicans could support

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton, who is in the course of a fierce struggle for the affection of the Democratic base, is not about to disown the JCPOA, President Obama’s signature second-term accomplishment.

17th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Top Iranian Banker Threatens End of Nuke Deal if U.S. Doesn’t Make Concessions

Mark Dubowitz

The governor of Iran’s central bank warned that if the United States doesn’t facilitate Iran’s reintegration into the international financial system, the nuclear deal will “[break] up under its own terms,” The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.

16th April 2016 - Quoted by Alex Rowell - NOW Lebanon

Iranian boots on the ground

Amir Toumaj

The first deployment of foreign regular army ground troops to the front lines of the five-year-long battle between supporters and opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad came with rather less fanfare and controversy than might have been expected.

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Tablet Magazine

Will Tehran Be Given Access to the U.S. Dollar?

Mark Dubowitz

Although the Iran nuclear deal went into effect on January 16—“Implementation Day,” in the wonky parlance of what’s officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—it’s becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. and Iran don’t quite agree on what the landmark...

15th April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Center for Illicit Finance

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Iranian Central Bank Governor Valiollah Seif is in Washington this week to attend summits at the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, make the rounds at think tanks, and meet with U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew.

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNSNews.com

Treasury Official: New Iran Sanctions Legislation Would Risk Int’l Unity

Any attempt by Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program would jeopardize international unity, a senior U.S. Treasury Department official said Wednesday.

15th April 2016 - Defense Dossier - American Foreign Policy Council

The Sunni-Shi’ite Proxy War Heats Up

Jonathan Schanzer, Max Peck

Beneath the recent ferment of a highly volatile Middle East lies the region’s deepest geopolitical fault line: the decades-long rivalry between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal - Risk and Compliance Journal

The Morning Risk Report: Szubin’s Iran Deal Defense, Guidance

A top U.S. Treasury Department official on Wednesday defended the Iran nuclear agreement before an audience that has been hostile to it, telling the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that lifting the U.S. nuclear-related sanctions “was the incentive” for Tehran to give up its nuclear...

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Tablet Magazine

Will Tehran Be Given Access to the U.S. Dollar?

Although the Iran nuclear deal went into effect on January 16—“Implementation Day,” in the wonky parlance of what’s officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—it’s becoming increasingly clear that the U.S. and Iran don’t quite agree on what the landmark...

15th April 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - CS Monitor

Obama and human rights: Is ‘soft power’ working?

Mark Dubowitz

A new and downbeat assessment of human rights trends worldwide is raising questions about whether the Obama administration’s approach to foreign policy is making the situation worse.

14th April 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Tensions Rise Over Granting Iran Access to U.S. Dollar

Treasury Department officials are moving to reassure Congress that Iran will not be granted access to U.S. financial markets following comments by top Obama administration officials suggesting such a plan was under consideration, according to correspondence obtained by the Washington Free...

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

Amid rumors, White House rules out giving Iran access to US dollar

The Obama administration will continue to block Iran’s access to the dollar or the U.S. financial system, its top sanctions official said amid speculation to the contrary.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

U.S. Frowns on New Iran Sanctions by Congress After Missile Test

A top Treasury Department official argued against imposing new legislative sanctions on Iran after its ballistic missile tests last month, even as he said the Islamic Republic would remain blocked from the U.S. financial system.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Saudi-Egypt deals part of Gulf effort to unite Sunnis against Iran

David Andrew Weinberg

Recently signed agreements between Saudi Arabia and Egypt appear to be part of a broader Saudi effort to build a regional Sunni alliance against Iran, yet the results of such an alliance are still lacking.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Sean Durns - JNS

Media miss emergence of new Iranian-funded Palestinian terror group

Jonathan Schanzer, Grant Rumley

A new Iranian-backed Palestinian terrorist group has emerged—and by appearances, it may be expanding. In less than two years, Harakat as-Sabeeren Nasran il-Filastin (The Movement for the Patient Ones for the Liberation of Palestine), also known as al-Sabireen, has committed several...

13th April 2016 - The Washington Times

Can America change course?

Clifford D. May

As you watch the circus that is the 2016 presidential campaign, which candidate strikes you as having a coherent vision of national security for the post-Obama era?

12th April 2016 - Quoted by Caroline B. Glick - The Jerusalem Post

Our World: Obama’s nuclear contrition

Tony Badran

Then and now, Obama and his advisers argued that ballistic missiles are not part of the mullahs’ nuclear project. This claim, which made little sense at the time, makes no sense whatsoever today.

12th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Granting Iran Access to Dollars Endangers Global Banking System

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

Giving Iran access to U.S. dollars in order to boost its international business profile would erode diplomatic leverage against the Islamic Republic and jeopardize the international banking system, experts said in a conference call with the Foreign Policy Initiative last week.

11th April 2016 - The Canadian Jewish News

The Rushdie Affair and the Outsourcing of Murder

Sheryl Saperia

The recent attacks in Brussels, for which ISIS took credit, reminded the West that no country is immune from Islamist terrorism.

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