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26th April 2017 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

What the North Korea crisis says about the Iranian nuclear deal

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration last week endorsed a narrative long promoted by critics of the Iran nuclear deal: It’s North Korea all over again.

24th April 2017 - Quoted by Kimberly Dozier, Benny Avni - The Daily Beast

Pentagon Caught Off Guard by Team Trump’s Tough Talk on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

The Trump administration launched its week with tough talk aimed at North Korea—barbs all the more remarkable because they caught some senior officials at the Pentagon off guard.

24th April 2017 - Fox Business

Cavuto: Coast to Coast

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah, former national security advisor to Vice President Dick Cheney, discusses President Trump’s potential sanctions against North Korea.

23rd April 2017 - Quoted by Rebecca Kheel - The Hill

Trump team raises rhetoric against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration is stepping up its rhetoric against Iran even as it acknowledges the country is in compliance with a nuclear deal the president has long derided.

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Michael Lipin - Voice of America

US Nearly Silent on Iran’s Presidential Election as Policy Toughens

Behnam Ben Taleblu

U.S. officials who have been toughening their stance toward Iran in recent weeks have said almost nothing about its presidential election, now less than one month away.

21st April 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Presidential Election and the Role of Women

Tzvi Kahn

More than 130 women and nearly 1,500 men registered to run in the Iranian presidential election next month. But on Thursday, Iran’s Guardian Council – an unelected, 12-member body that screens candidates for loyalty to the regime’s Islamist ideology – rejected all of the women and...

21st April 2017 - Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iran on Notice

Mark Dubowitz

Last week the Trump administration sent a letter to House speaker Paul Ryan to certify that the Islamic Republic of Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, commonly referred to as the Iran nuclear deal. On the campaign trail, Donald Trump had called it the “worst...

19th April 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Tillerson: Iran complying with nuclear deal but causing trouble elsewhere

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department announced Tuesday that Iran has complied with the terms of the landmark agreement it negotiated with the U.S. and five other world powers to limit its nuclear program in return for lifting economic sanctions.

17th April 2017 - Quoted by Dan De Luce - Foreign Policy

Trump Mulls Squeezing Iran with Tougher Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump White House is poised to ratchet up existing sanctions against Iran and is weighing a much stricter interpretation of the nuclear agreement between Tehran and major world powers.

3rd April 2017 - The Hill

North Korea’s nuclear blackmail: Trump, make sanctions work again

Anthony Ruggiero

As North Korea reportedly prepares to conduct a nuclear test, the Trump administration is considering long-overdue sanctions against Chinese companies and banks that do business with Pyongyang.

29th March 2017 - Quoted by The Tower

Expert: Bipartisan Bills Tackle U.S. Failure to Deter Iran Since Nuke Deal

Tzvi Kahn

Two bipartisan bills introduced in Congress last week aim to remedy the United States’ failure to deter Iran’s aggression since the 2015 nuclear deal, Tzvi Kahn, a senior Iran analyst for the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, wrote Wednesday in a policy brief.

29th March 2017 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Ups Ante with New Iran Sanctions

Tzvi Kahn

House and Senate lawmakers on Thursday introduced legislation that would increase sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile tests and other malign behavior.

28th March 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD's CEO Mark Dubowitz discusses the relationship between Iran and Russia, as well as what the US can do to counter Iranian aggression.

22nd March 2017 - WINA 98.9FM

The Schilling Show

Anthony Ruggiero

FDD senior fellow Anthony Ruggiero comments on recent North Korea activity such as the failed missile and how the Trump sanctions effects them.

17th March 2017 - Quoted by Jane Perlez - The New York Times

All Eyes on China as U.S. Signals New Tack on North Korea

Anthony Ruggiero

Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson signaled on Friday that the Trump administration was prepared to scrap nearly a decade of United States policy toward North Korea in favor of a more aggressive effort to eliminate the country’s nuclear weapons program. Whether that means pre-emptive...

7th March 2017 - Quoted by Tim Mak - The Daily Beast

Top Trump Ally Met With Putin’s Deputy in Moscow

Boris Zilberman

In March 2014, the U.S. government sanctioned Dmitry Rogozin—a hardline deputy to Vladimir Putin, the head of Russia’s defense industry and longtime opponent of American power—in retaliation for the invasion of Crimea and eastern Ukraine.

28th February 2017 - Foreign Policy

Economic Coercion, with a Chinese Twist

Eric B. Lorber

During the campaign and through the early days of the Trump administration, policymakers and pundits have zeroed in on the U.S. economic relationship with China, in particular whether Beijing artificially manipulates its currency and whether the terms of America’s economic engagement are...

14th February 2017 - Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

Emanuele Ottolenghi

FDD senior fellow Emanuele Ottolenghi discusses US sanctions against the Vice President of Venezuela.

12th February 2017 - New York Post

The careful way to go after Muslim Brotherhood radicals

Jonathan Schanzer

The Trump Administration is mulling an order designed to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization. The best approach would be a piecemeal one: Some Brotherhood branches belong on that list, some don’t — and making the distinction will help President Trump more...

8th February 2017 - Foreign Policy

Here’s How the U.S. Could Better Wield Its Economic Clout

Eric B. Lorber

As the Trump administration settles into office, it inherits powerful tools of economic statecraft to safeguard U.S. national security. These include sophisticated economic sanctions, anti-money laundering measures, and tools to counter the financing of terrorism authorities. Perhaps the...

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