Analysis & Commentary

1st July 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Repatriates 13 Tons of Gold Under Sanctions Relief

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian officials said Monday that the Islamic Republic’s Central Bank has successfully repatriated 13 tons of gold as part of a package of sanctions relief provided to Iran by U.S. and Western powers.

1st July 2015 - The Tower Magazine

The Central Pillar Supporting the Iran Deal Has a Big Crack In It

Emanuele Ottolenghi

If the emerging deal is “not based on trust,” as John Kerry says, then it has to be based on the credible threat of re-imposed sanctions. And that’s a huge problem.

1st July 2015 - Tablet

Snap-Back: A Journey Through Iranian Sanctions Evasion in Georgia

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The fantasy is that sanctions halt economies. The reality is that enforcement requires tedious bookkeeping, painstaking forensic work, and the ability to stay a step ahead of experienced middlemen.

1st July 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Economic Benefits of Sanctions Relief Likely to Boost Iran’s Regional Threat

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The expected windfall Iran would receive from sanctions relief as part of a nuclear deal would likely benefit its internal and external security services—including proxy terrorist groups such as Hezbollah—which would further destabilize the Middle East, according to an analysis published...

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - JTA

As Iran Deadline Approaches, Skeptics Draw Dueling Red Lines

Mark Dubowitz

In nuclear talks between Iran and the major powers, it’s deadline time, and skeptics on both sides are laying out red lines in a bid to shape a final deal.

30th June 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Talks: Moral Equivalence and the Concession Frenzy

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In a written statement, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) observed, “It’s outrageous that a senior U.S. official pointed out that if the United States wouldn’t allow weapons inspectors full access to its military installations, Iran shouldn’t either. The United States is the chief defender of...

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Jordan Fabian - The Hill

White House Confident Final Iran Nuclear Deal is in Reach

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration’s effort to reach a final nuclear agreement with Iran is expected to slip past its deadline Tuesday, though U.S. officials expressed confidence a deal is within reach.

29th June 2015 - Quoted by Terry Atlas - Bloomberg

Iran’s Economic Boost From Nuclear Deal Projected to Come Slowly

Iran may not see a rapid economic rebound from a potential nuclear deal that would lift the international sanctions now imposed on the country, according to new projections by Roubini Global Economics.

29th June 2015 - Interviewed by Boaz Bismuth - Israel Hayom

‘As an Iranian, I Would Be Pleased With the Emerging Deal’

Mark Dubowitz

Iran expert Mark Dubowitz believes there will be a nuclear agreement between Tehran and the West because the U.S. views no deal as worse than a bad deal • The Iranians are brilliant negotiators, but we must not lose hope, he says.

29th June 2015 - FDD - Roubini Report

Iran’s Economic Resilience Against Snapback Sanctions Will Grow Over Time

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

As the P5+1 and Iran enter the final days to conclude a nuclear agreement, the details of the emerging deal are becoming clearer. In the final deal, Iran is likely to receive substantial payments from oil assets currently held in escrow accounts.

28th June 2015 - Standpoint

The Grand Illusion

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The Middle East as maps still show it in atlases and globes, schoolbooks and Foreign Office corridors, no longer exists. It has vanished under our noses in less than five years. The consequences range from the serious to the disastrous. Yet Western policymakers still act as if they could put...

25th June 2015 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar and Sangwon Yoon - Bloomberg

A $500 Billion Maybe: Why Iran’s Big Moment Could Be Years Away

Mark Dubowitz

For every investor who sees opportunity in a post-sanctions Iran, there are others who see the same old legal morass.

21st June 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats, Republicans, Neutral Experts Reject Iran Sellout

Mark Dubowitz

Four new, deeply troubling reports suggest Congress, if it is serious about stopping Iran’s nuclear program, will have to reject the final deal P5+1 deal in the works.

18th June 2015 - Quoted by The Tower

Critics Question Whether White House “Czar” Could Ensure Effective Iran Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama is considering appointing a “czar” to oversee an emerging nuclear deal with Iran, Politico reported Wednesday. But some critics are questioning whether such an appointment will be able to ensure that a nuclear deal would be effective.

17th June 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

U.S. May Name ‘Czar’ for Iran Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is considering appointing a “czar”-like official to oversee the enforcement of a nuclear deal with Iran, one of several options it is weighing to ensure the still-unfinished accord doesn’t unravel, according to sources familiar with the discussions.

15th June 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

Obama Could Lift Iran Sanctions Too Fast — or Too Slow

Mark Dubowitz

With a deadline for the Iran nuclear deal just weeks away, the Obama administration is weighing how and when to unwind sanctions on its long-time nemesis.

11th June 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

More Flaws in the Iran Framework

Mark Dubowitz

It has not been a good week for the president’s Iran framework. It seems the more experts and lawmakers see, the worse the deal looks.

9th June 2015 - Quoted by Sangwoon Yoon - Bloomberg

Countries Don’t Report Iran Sanctions Violations, UN Report Says

Mark Dubowitz

United Nations monitors said governments reported no new incidents of Iran violating Security Council sanctions against its nuclear program, even though some have unfolded in plain sight.

9th June 2015 - Quoted The Tower

UN Report: Iranian Sanctions Violations Are Routinely Ignored by West

Mark Dubowitz

A United Nations panel found that Western nations have systematically ignored Iranian violations of international sanctions so as not to jeopardize the talks over Iran’s illicit nuclear program, Bloomberg News reported today. The sanctions were put in place because of the country’s...

4th June 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Sanctions Relief and the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

OPEC “needs to open space” for the increased Iranian exports that could soon flow due to sanctions relief, Tehran’s oil minister said Wednesday at the cartel’s Vienna headquarters.


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