Analysis & Commentary


19th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Hamas Vows to Join Municipal Elections, but Obstacles Remain

Grant Rumley

Hamas announced last week that it would participate in municipal elections across the West Bank and Gaza in October.

13th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey’s Illicit Finance Trap

Aykan Erdemir

While not widely reported in the West, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım last month submitted to parliament a government bill that would provide Turkish nationals a “wealth amnesty” until the end of 2016 to bring money, gold, and other financial instruments into the country....

12th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Why Are These IRGC Figures Not Sanctioned?

Amir Toumaj

The White House promised Congress last summer that the Iran nuclear accord would not prevent the United States from imposing additional non-nuclear sanctions.

11th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Taxing American Businesses that Partner with Iran

Tyler Stapleton

American businesses have been looking to break into the Iranian market ever since the signing of last summer’s nuclear agreement, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

8th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Post-JCPOA, Iran Revs Up Nuclear, Missile Procurement in Germany

Benjamin Weinthal

On the eve of the Iran deal’s one-year anniversary, a new report by Germany’s domestic intelligence agency says that Iran sought illicit nuclear and missile technology in Germany throughout 2015, and was expected to continue doing so.

5th July 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Attacks Highlight Terrorists’ Goals in Saudi Arabia, but Also Limits

David Andrew Weinberg

Suicide bombers struck three Saudi cities on Monday, detonating themselves near the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, a U.S. diplomatic facility in Jeddah, and a Shiite mosque in the eastern city of Qatif.

24th June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan’s New Assault on Turkey’s Judiciary

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım submitted to parliament a government bill on June 13 that would redesign Turkey’s high courts as requested by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

24th June 2016 - CSIF Policy Brief

Iran is Still a Business Risk: Implications of FATF’s Decision

Mark Dubowitz

Following its plenary meeting this week, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is set to maintain Iran on its black list, with a one-year suspension, though not removal, of the mandatory countermeasures applied to the Islamic Republic.

17th June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Protesting Turkish Students Push Back on Erdoğan

Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan won a string of victories last month in his effort to consolidate power, including the lifting of parliamentary immunity, the ouster of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, and his replacement by the yes-man Binali Yıldırım.

17th June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

The Iran-Boeing Deal: Rewards and Risks

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran’s minister of transport, Abbas Akhoundi, announced an aircraft deal this week with U.S. aviation industry giant, Boeing.

13th June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Hezbollah’s Incendiary Threat to Lebanon’s Banks

Tony Badran

On Sunday night, a bomb detonated outside the Banque du Liban et d’Outre-Mer (BLOM), in the Verdun neighborhood of Beirut.

3rd June 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Doubles Down on its Military Budget

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Guardian Council on May 18 confirmed the 2016-2017 military budget, which had been passed last month by parliament. The budget allows $19 billion to go to the military establishment – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), regular military, and Defense Ministry – a...

26th May 2016 - CSIF Policy Brief

How Iran Taints the Dollar

Eric B. Lorber

For the past two months, a debate has raged between the Obama administration and Congress over whether last summer’s nuclear deal provides Tehran access to dollars outside of the U.S. financial system. In a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Wednesday, Chairman Ed Royce was...

25th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

A Hardliner’s Hardliner Wins Assembly of Experts Chair

Amir Toumaj

The Assembly of Experts, the body charged with choosing Iran’s supreme leader, selected one of the Islamic Republic’s most hardline, anti-Western clerics as chairman on Tuesday. Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, 89, has a reputation for blistering denunciations of America, of Iranian reformists,...

19th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdoğan’s Reckless Referendum Ploy

Aykan Erdemir

The Turkish Parliament on Tuesday held the first of two rounds of voting necessary to amend the constitution to lift parliamentary immunity for lawmakers.

19th May 2016 - CSIF Policy Brief

Service-Based Money Laundering: The Next Illicit Finance Frontier

John Cassara

Just a few months before the summer Olympic Games in Brazil, a far-reaching anti-corruption battle is threatening to bring down powerful Brazilian businesses and political elites, including the current and former presidents. The scandal might bring even down the government.

5th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Parliamentary Elections are No Victory for “Moderates”

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranians cast their votes Friday in runoff elections for the quarter of parliamentary seats still in contention from February’s first round.

5th May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkish Prime Minister Falls Victim to Palace Coup

Aykan Erdemir

After a week of open strife within the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan invited Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu to his 1,150-room palace yesterday.

3rd May 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Turkey Moves to Strip Kurdish Deputies’ Immunity

Merve Tahiroglu

Turkey set the stage for stripping Kurdish parliamentarians of their immunity Monday, when a parliamentary committee approved the motion after a contentious debate.

28th April 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

IAEA Takes a Light Touch on Iran’s Heavy Water

Olli Heinonen

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and the international community limits Tehran’s heavy water inventory to no more than 130 metric tons for the current Arak reactor before reconfiguration to a smaller capacity.

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