Analysis & Commentary

29th July 2016 - Jewish Journal

One year on, the Iran deal is still bad

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Annie Fixler

A decade of nuclear negotiations with Iran were meant to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons, force Iran to reveal its past clandestine activities and impose permanent restrictions on Iran’s civil nuclear program.

27th July 2016 - NPR

All Things Considered

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses why the U.S. shouldn't be making concessions in Iran.

25th July 2016 - The Hill

Will Iran wordsmith its way off our terrorism list? It certainly is trying

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is on a diplomatic offensive to persuade global illicit finance regulators to accept that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group. It may be just a matter of time before the international body in charge of protecting the global financial system succumbs to pressure from businesses on a gold...

20th July 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Obama Administration Imposes Sanctions on Iran-Based Al-Qaeda Members After Denying Cooperation

Thomas Joscelyn, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration has sanctioned three senior al-Qaeda members operating in Iran just weeks after dismissing reports of cooperation between the global terror organization and the Islamic Republic, deepening criticism from experts and lawmakers that the administration is seeking to...

15th July 2016 - Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan - Politico

Inside the Plan to Undo the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

For Barack Obama, July 14, 2015 marked the greatest diplomatic triumph of his presidency: Amid flags and flashbulbs in Vienna, his secretary of State, John Kerry, announced a historic, UN-backed nuclear accord to defuse the global security threat of a nuclear-armed Iran.

14th July 2016 - The Jerusalem Post

German government agency involved in violation of Iran sanctions

Benjamin Weinthal

A German government quality control agency and a private certification agency that works with it both violated EU sanctions and the federal agency’s policy by providing certificates to Iranian banks, constructions companies and energy firms, a joint investigation by The Jerusalem Post and...

14th July 2016 - Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

One year on, Obama’s Iran nuclear deal still hangs in the balance

Mark Dubowitz

Like the opening to Cuba, the Iran nuclear deal is a landmark initiative that President Obama wants to safeguard, not just as part of his legacy of engagement with adversaries but also as established United States foreign policy.

14th July 2016 - Quoted by Ryan Browne - CNN

Iran nuclear deal at anniversary not the rallying cry GOP sought

Mark Dubowitz

In the months leading up to the signing of the Iran nuclear deal one year ago Thursday, Republican critics galvanized opposition to push back against the agreement.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Year after nuclear deal, 6 ways Iran is more assertive

Mark Dubowitz

One year after Iran and world powers reached a historic nuclear accord, a potential showdown was averted and Iran’s economy is in recovery, but its hardliners continue to expand their anti-American agenda.

13th July 2016 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

U.S. Names 2 Russians as Terrorists

The U.S. State Department on Wednesday said it designated two men from Russia as terrorists, and imposed sanctions on them.

12th July 2016 - Quoted by Josh Wood - The National

Hizbollah sanctions back Lebanon’s banks into a corner

Jonathan Schanzer

When a bomb went off during iftar, residents in Beirut feared a return of the familiar. Was it another suicide bomber from ISIL or Al Qaeda bent on killing innocent civilians, or the assassination of a Lebanese politician?

12th July 2016 - MarketWatch

Opinion: Why Boeing shouldn’t do business with Iran

Jonathan Schanzer, Amir Toumaj

A little more than a year ago, it would have been unthinkable for major U.S. corporations to do business with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Yet, here we are. With the signing of last year’s Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear deal, businesses are lining up to...

8th July 2016 - Quoted by Avaneesh Pandey - International Business Times

Boeing-Iran Deal: US House Lawmakers Approve Measures To Block Sale Of Jets To Tehran

Mark Dubowitz

The Republican-led U.S. House on Thursday approved two amendments to a financial services spending bill aimed at blocking Boeing's planned sale of over 100 aircraft to Iran’s national airline Iran Air. The $25 billion deal, announced last month, has come under increasing scrutiny in...

28th June 2016 - Forbes

Risky Business In Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Toby Dershowitz

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the intergovernmental organization that sets global standards to combat money laundering and finance for terrorism and proliferation, had a clear message for financial institutions last week when it declined to remove the Islamic Republic of Iran from...

24th June 2016 - Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

Money-Laundering Standards Body Suspends Some Iran Restrictions

The Financial Action Task Force, an international anti-money-laundering standards body, said Friday it would suspend some of its restrictions against Iran for a year to monitor Tehran’s progress implementing changes to its regulatory regime.

24th June 2016 - Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Top economies ease penalties on Iran over money laundering

Mark Dubowitz

The world's major economies on Friday suspended anti-money laundering measures against Iran for a year despite concerns that the Islamic Republic uses its financial sector to protect criminal enterprises and fund terrorist activity.

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.

23rd June 2016 - INSS Arms Control and Regional Security Program

The Iran Nuclear Deal, One Year On: Nuclear, Economic, and Regional Implications

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz joined INSS to discuss the Iran deal after one year and what has changed along the nuclear and regional fronts.

22nd June 2016 - Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Officials Urge Financial Watchdog to Strengthen Counter-Measures Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

A group of think tank scholars, congressmen, and intelligence officials is urging an intergovernmental financial watchdog to keep Iran on its so-called blacklist, despite Obama administration officials' vocal encouragement of trade and investment in the Islamic Republic.

21st June 2016 - The Hill

The risks of the Iran-Boeing deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Boeing's potential deal to sell aircraft to Iran may have benefits for the company's ledger and for the U.S. banks that will finance it. But the deal is also fraught with danger, including the possibility that the aircraft may one day become a tool for Iran's ongoing support for atrocities...


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