Analysis & Commentary

8th October 2015 - Business Insider

Here’s How to Stop Iran’s Revolutionary Guard From Profiting Off of the Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The slogan of Iran’s largest mobile telecommunication business, the Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI), is “Nobody is alone.” That sentiment is far from reassuring.

3rd October 2015 - Quoted by The Week Staff

The Iran Deal: A Brief Guide

Mark Dubowitz

Having survived Republican opposition in Congress, President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran will soon go into effect. Here, a brief rundown of the deal and its effects:

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats Look for Cover on Lousy Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Nine Democrats trying frantically to dispel the impression that their party was sold a bill of goods on the Iran deal came out with legislation Thursday that they said would “strengthen U.S. policy toward Iran and to clarify aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that is...

30th September 2015 - The Wall Street Journal

The Morning Risk Report: U.S. Targets Islamic State’s Growing Global Reach

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. tightened its sanctions on Tuesday against Islamic State, adding 35 new names to its counter-terrorism blacklists, as it targets the organization’s finances. But the striking aspect to the announcement was its global quality: Individuals targeted by the U.S. Departments of State...

30th September 2015 - The Hill

Don’t Let the Revolutionary Guards Join Iran’s Gold Rush

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is the regime's top exporter of terrorism and chief enforcer of repression at home. Regrettably, it is the IRGC that will benefit most from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement that world powers signed with Tehran in...

30th September 2015 - FOX News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses the designations of ISIS financiers and supporters.

29th September 2015 - Quoted by Colby Adams -

U.S. Blacklists Dozens Linked to Islamic State

Jonathan Schanzer

U.S. officials on Tuesday levied asset freezes and travel bans against 30 individuals and entities for joining the Islamic State or otherwise aiding the group’s military operations and territorial expansion.

29th September 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Treasury and State Department Target Islamic State Financiers

Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced this morning the terrorism designations of 15 Islamic State (IS) terrorism facilitators.

28th September 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Cardin’s Iran Bill Pleases Few on Either Side of Debate

Mark Dubowitz

A draft bill from Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin that aims to boost Israel’s security and constrain Iran’s potential to foment chaos in the Middle East doesn’t have many fans among both supporters and opponents of the recently concluded nuclear accord.

21st September 2015 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - Associated Press

Done Deal For Iran Nuke Pact, But Debate Still in Congress

Mark Dubowitz

It's a done deal, yet opponents of the Iran nuclear agreement won't go quietly.

18th September 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Our Iranian Interlocutor

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Antisemitism has never been an easy subject for America’s foreign-policy establishment. Read through State Department telegrams and Central Intelligence Agency operational and intelligence cables on the Middle East and you will seldom find it discussed, even though Jew-hatred—not just...

17th September 2015 - Quoted by Alana Goodman - The Washington Free Beacon

Kasich: If Iran Helps Hezbollah, We Can ‘Slap the Sanctions Back On’

Mark Dubowitz

Presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich said on Wednesday that he would take a wait-and-see approach to the Iran nuclear deal, arguing that if Tehran is found to be aiding Hezbollah and Hamas then the United States could “slap the sanctions back on.”

17th September 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Iran Still Operating U.S.-Sanctioned Airline in Support of Assad, IRGC

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

An Iranian airline is still operating in Europe, which it uses as a base to provide arms, fighters, and logistical support to the Syrian regime despite American sanctions against it. Benjamin Weinthal and Emanuele Ottolenghi, fellows at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, reported...

16th September 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What’s Next on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Post reports: Senate Democrats on Tuesday blocked a second Republican attempt to pass a resolution disapproving of the Iran nuclear deal.

11th September 2015 - AM 860 KPAM

Terry Boyd’s World

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

FDD Senior Fellow Daveed Gartenstein-Ross discusses Iranian terror finance and regional ambitions.

11th September 2015 - Quoted by The Algemeiner

Iran Could See 4-5% Economic Growth in First 3 Years After Iran Deal, Report Says

Iran could see annual average growth of 4-5% beginning in the 2016 fiscal year, when the internationally brokered nuclear deal removes sanctions against the country’s oil and financial sectors, Washington think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies and analysis firm Roubini Global...

11th September 2015 - Quoted by Michael R. Gordon - The New York Times

Sanctions Debate Emerges From Shadow of Iran Nuclear Accord

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama, in advance of his victory in Congress on Thursday on the Iran nuclear deal, focused on centrifuge numbers, uranium stockpiles and the breakout time to build a bomb. But now, as the agreement is carried out, he will face a new battle over how stringently to impose economic...

10th September 2015 - Quoted by Matthew Philips Golnar Motevalli - Bloomberg

Iran Gets Ready to Sell to the World

Mark Dubowitz

Before the most recent round of sanctions went into effect three years ago, Iran was able to sell oil to 21 countries. By mid-2012, that was down to six: China, India, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Turkey. Rather than immediately pull back on production, and risk damaging oil wells by...

10th September 2015 - Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

Iran No Confidence Vote

David B. Rivkin

The Senate held its first showdown vote on the Iranian nuclear deal Thursday, with 58 Senators having declared their opposition, including four Democrats and Republican non-hawks like Susan Collins of Maine and Rand Paul of Kentucky. The American public is also overwhelmingly opposed, with a...

9th September 2015 - BBC Radio

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Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses the Iran deal and cautions European investment.


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