Analysis & Commentary


6th February 2017 - FDD Press

Securing American Interests: A New Era of Economic Power

Eric B. Lorber

American economic power has become an increasingly critical national security tool in recent years. For well over a decade, the United States has leveraged the size of its economy, the centrality of the dollar, and America’s ability to set economic and financial global standards and norms...

6th February 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on Tehran's recent ballistic missile tests and the Trump administration responding sanctions.

6th February 2017 - Quoted by Damien McElroy - Sunday Times

Iran unleashes show of strength following Trump sanctions

Jonathan Schanzer

Helicopters swooped and warplanes screeched across the sky above Tehran as Iran staged a show of force a day after US President Donald­ Trump imposed new sanctions on the country.

6th February 2017 - Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on Tehran testing another ballistic missile, and Iran's post-U.S. sanctions provocations.

6th February 2017 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Former Top Treasury Official: Trump’s Iran Sanctions More Symbolic Than Punitive

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Sanctions the Trump administration imposed on Iran after the country conducted another ballistic missile launch are more symbolic than punitive, a former Obama administration Treasury Department official said Monday.

4th February 2017 - The Hill

Trump’s Iran sanctions signal return to coercion

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Friday the Treasury Department added 13 persons and 12 entities to their Specially Designated Nationals list for supporting “Iranian destabilizing activity.” According to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the sanctions communicate the end of “turning a blind eye to Iran’s...

4th February 2017 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu talks about US-Iran relations following with country's recent ballistic missile test and President Trump's subsequent announcement of new sanctions.

4th February 2017 - Quoted by Jeff Seldin - Voice of America

Mattis: No Plans for More Troops in Middle East Over Iran Actions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says the country is not immediately considering increasing troops in the Middle East in response to what he called Iran’s “misbehavior,” but warned that Washington and the world cannot ignore Iran’s actions.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by The Chicago Tribune

U.S. imposes sanctions on 13 people, dozen companies in response to Iran missile test

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration ordered sanctions against more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China Friday in retaliation for Iran's recent ballistic missile test, increasing pressure on Tehran without directly undercutting a landmark nuclear deal with the country....

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Vivian Salama, Matthew Lee - Associated Press

Trump hits Iran with new sanctions for missile test

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration ordered sanctions against more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China Friday in retaliation for Iran's recent ballistic missile test, increasing pressure on Tehran without directly undercutting a landmark nuclear deal with the country....

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

An important first step on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Treasury Department placed new sanctions Friday on Iran, the first move by the Trump administration in response to a ballistic missile test that led the White House to announce it was putting Iran “on notice.”

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran sanctions: Could new Trump sanctions lead to war?

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions imposed on Iran Friday mark a more aggressive approach by the Trump administration to counter Tehran's ballistic missile development and support for militant groups across the Middle East.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Agence France-Presse

Trump slaps on sanctions as Iran tension mounts

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump raised the stakes in Washington's increasingly tense stand-off with Iran on Friday, slapping fresh sanctions on Tehran's weapons procurement network.

3rd February 2017 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the Trump administration's changing policy towards Iran.

3rd February 2017 - KCRW

To the Point

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses US-Iranian relations and the Trump administration putting Iran "on notice."

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Trump’s Bid to Impose New Sanctions on Iran After Missile Test Gets Bipartisan Support

Mark Dubowitz

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday evening expressing support for his administration's plans to place new sanctions on Iran in light of its ballistic missile experiment conducted over the weekend.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

Trump’s Policy Turn on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The world has been wondering if the Trump Administration will withdraw from President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, and the answer appears to be no. That makes sense given the break it would cause with U.S. allies and the opening for Iran to make more mischief.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Fox News

Trump administration imposes new Iran sanctions over missile tests

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration imposed new sanctions Friday on nearly two-dozen individuals and companies in response to Iran’s recent missile tests, quickly moving to increase the pressure on the regime after putting Tehran “on notice” earlier this week.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by David Lynch, Najmeh Bozorgmehr - Financial Times

US announces new sanctions following Iran missile launch

Mark Dubowitz

The US on Friday imposed new sanctions on Iran as President Donald Trump followed up on his campaign pledge to take a tougher stance towards the Islamic republic.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Lucas Tomlinson, Jennifer Griffin - Fox News

Trump administration imposes new Iran sanctions over missile tests

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration imposed new sanctions Friday on nearly two-dozen individuals and companies in response to Iran’s recent missile tests, quickly moving to increase the pressure on the regime after putting Tehran “on notice” earlier this week.

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