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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...

7th February 2017 - Sirius XM

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Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu comments on the Trump administrations sanctions towards Iran, and the conflict in Syria.

6th February 2017 - FDD Press

Securing American Interests: A New Era of Economic Power

Eric B. Lorber

American economic power has become an increasingly critical national security tool in recent years. For well over a decade, the United States has leveraged the size of its economy, the centrality of the dollar, and America’s ability to set economic and financial global standards and norms...

6th February 2017 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer comments on Tehran's recent ballistic missile tests and the Trump administration responding sanctions.

6th February 2017 - RealClearWorld

What Can Trump Do to Stop the BDS Movement?

Benjamin Weinthal

In late December, with just weeks left in his administration, former U.S. President Barack Obama delivered a shot in the arm to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement, or BDS. Obama instructed the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, to abstain instead of...

6th February 2017 - Quoted by Damien McElroy - Sunday Times

Iran unleashes show of strength following Trump sanctions

Jonathan Schanzer

Helicopters swooped and warplanes screeched across the sky above Tehran as Iran staged a show of force a day after US President Donald­ Trump imposed new sanctions on the country.

6th February 2017 - Wall Street Journal Video

Opinion Journal

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah comments on Tehran testing another ballistic missile, and Iran's post-U.S. sanctions provocations.

4th February 2017 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu talks about US-Iran relations following with country's recent ballistic missile test and President Trump's subsequent announcement of new sanctions.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by The Chicago Tribune

U.S. imposes sanctions on 13 people, dozen companies in response to Iran missile test

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration ordered sanctions against more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China Friday in retaliation for Iran's recent ballistic missile test, increasing pressure on Tehran without directly undercutting a landmark nuclear deal with the country....

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Vivian Salama, Matthew Lee - Associated Press

Trump hits Iran with new sanctions for missile test

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration ordered sanctions against more than two dozen people and companies from the Persian Gulf to China Friday in retaliation for Iran's recent ballistic missile test, increasing pressure on Tehran without directly undercutting a landmark nuclear deal with the country....

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

An important first step on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Treasury Department placed new sanctions Friday on Iran, the first move by the Trump administration in response to a ballistic missile test that led the White House to announce it was putting Iran “on notice.”

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran sanctions: Could new Trump sanctions lead to war?

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions imposed on Iran Friday mark a more aggressive approach by the Trump administration to counter Tehran's ballistic missile development and support for militant groups across the Middle East.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Agence France-Presse

Trump slaps on sanctions as Iran tension mounts

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump raised the stakes in Washington's increasingly tense stand-off with Iran on Friday, slapping fresh sanctions on Tehran's weapons procurement network.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Amir Tibon - Haaretz

Trump’s Bid to Impose New Sanctions on Iran After Missile Test Gets Bipartisan Support

Mark Dubowitz

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Thursday evening expressing support for his administration's plans to place new sanctions on Iran in light of its ballistic missile experiment conducted over the weekend.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

Trump’s Policy Turn on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The world has been wondering if the Trump Administration will withdraw from President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, and the answer appears to be no. That makes sense given the break it would cause with U.S. allies and the opening for Iran to make more mischief.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Fox News

Trump administration imposes new Iran sanctions over missile tests

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump administration imposed new sanctions Friday on nearly two-dozen individuals and companies in response to Iran’s recent missile tests, quickly moving to increase the pressure on the regime after putting Tehran “on notice” earlier this week.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by David Lynch, Najmeh Bozorgmehr - Financial Times

US announces new sanctions following Iran missile launch

Mark Dubowitz

The US on Friday imposed new sanctions on Iran as President Donald Trump followed up on his campaign pledge to take a tougher stance towards the Islamic republic.

3rd February 2017 - Quoted by Abigail Williams, Corky Siemaszko - NBC News

U.S. Hits Iran With New Sanctions for Ballistic Missile Test, Terrorism Sponsorship

Mark Dubowitz

"Iran's continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States," said John E. Smith, acting director of the Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control.

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