Analysis & Commentary

12th October 2014 - Quoted by Sohrab Ahmari - The Wall Street Journal

Iran Gears Up to Open for Business

Next month marks the anniversary of the Geneva interim agreement on the Iranian nuclear-weapons program.

7th October 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Sanctions Relief Backfires, Benefitting the IRGC

Ali Alfoneh

Sanctions relief, according to the White House and supporters of the current negotiating strategy with Iran, empowers the pragmatic and allegedly moderate camp in Tehran, which in turn paves the path for a peaceful resolution to the Iranian nuclear crisis.

30th September 2014 - Gooya News

Pressure On the IRGC Increases the Chance of a Nuclear Agreement

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

پيام غرب به ايران بايد واضح باشد: مذاکره به قصد مذاکره منجر به کنار گذاشتن تحريم‌ها نمی‌شود. تحريم امپراتوری اقتصادی سپاه، توافق موقت با ايران را نقض نمی‌کند،...

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Senators Urge Admin to Ban Russia From Global Financial System

Mark Dubowitz

A leading group of senators is pressuring the Obama administration to take greater action against Russian aggression in the Ukraine by sanctioning the Kremlin’s top banks and banning them from using the globe’s premier financial service.

24th September 2014 - Quoted by Jonathan Saul and Henning Gloystein - Reuters

EU Plans for Iran Gas Imports If Sanctions Go

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union is quietly increasing the urgency of a plan to import natural gas from Iran, as relations with Tehran thaw while those with top gas supplier Russia grow chillier.

19th September 2014 - Interviewed by Reza Akhlagi - Foreign Policy Association

Candid Discussions: Mark Dubowitz on Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, nonproliferation, and countering electronic repression.

19th September 2014 - Business Insider

If The US Wants A Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Nuclear negotiations with Iran are now in their final stretch. But serious gaps remain.

19th September 2014 - Quoted by Jeremy Kahn - The Washington Post

Eager Investors Wait for Door to Open in Iran

Mark Dubowitz

On a May afternoon in Tehran, a Russian in a dark suit sits in the crowded lobby cafe of the Espinas Persian Gulf International Hotel with his Farsi translator, sipping coffee with potential Iranian partners while discussing the price of soy fiber.

17th September 2014 - INSS Memorandum 142

A Nuclear Deal with Iran and the Perils of Sanctions Relief

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Western negotiators routinely explain that the purpose of the sanctions regime against Iran is to increase negotiating leverage against the Islamic Republic.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Obama May Have Just Dealt A Crushing Blow To Russia’s Oil Exploration

Mark Dubowitz

New U.S. sanctions handed down on Friday are designed to effectively "shut off" Russian oil conglomerates from oil exploration projects, U.S. officials said, in a move aimed squarely at Russia's $425 billion-a-year petroleum industry.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by David Jackson and Oren Dorell - USA Today

Obama Team Unveils New Russia Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration and European allies are expanding their economic battle against Russia, including new sanctions that target its largest bank as well as the financial, energy and defense sectors.

12th September 2014 - Quoted by Martin Weiss -

‘Putin se musí bát. Ekonomické války i zbraní’

Mark Dubowitz

V politice Západu vůči Rusku musí vzniknout program asymetrických protiopatření: sankcí a agresivní diplomacie, říká v rozhovoru pro Týdeník ECHO Mark Dubowitz, který „vymýšlel“ americké sankce vůči Íránu.

10th September 2014 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Dick Cheney: How Obama and the isolationists got it wrong

Jonathan Schanzer, Mark Dubowitz

By delightful coincidence, former Vice President Dick Cheney delivered a previously scheduled speech on the same day President Obama is due to speak to the nation about the Islamic State, or rather speak again about the Islamic State, which, yes, Obama really did, once call the “JV” team...

9th September 2014 - Cited by The Tower

Germany, Czech Republic Seek to Conduct “Business as Usual” with Iran

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

On Sunday, Benjamin Weinthal documented the expansion of business ties between Iran, Germany and the Czech Republic, which have been undermining the leverage that sanctions initially provided in the P5+1 nuclear negotiations with the Islamic republic.

8th September 2014 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD Vice President for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses sanctions on Russia amidst unrest in Eastern Europe.

4th September 2014 - Quoted by Carol Matlack - Bloomberg Businessweek

Swift Justice: One Way to Make Putin Howl

Mark Dubowitz

What could be the West’s ultimate weapon against Russian President Vladimir Putin is a little-known organization housed in a neoclassical building on a wooded campus in a Brussels suburb: the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, or Swift.

3rd September 2014 - Quoted by Eli Lake - The Daily Beast

NATO Plans New Military Outposts to Stop Putin—Just Don’t Call Them Bases

Mark Dubowitz

With Russian forces entering into Ukraine, NATO is putting together a plan to place the alliance’s troops in bases behind the former Iron Curtain. One U.S. official who was not authorized to speak to the press said the presence of U.S. troops inside these bases in Poland, Romania,...

1st September 2014 - Quoted by Carol Matlack - Business Week

Choking Russia’s Banks Would Be The Ultimate Sanction

Mark Dubowitz

The European Union is poised to hit Russia with a fresh round of sanctions amid mounting evidence of direct Russian military intervention in southeastern Ukraine. EU leaders said on Aug. 31 after a weekend summit meeting in Brussels that they’ll decide within a week on possible new...

29th August 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The UK Has A Plan To Cut Off Russian Businesses From The Rest Of The World

Mark Dubowitz

The United Kingdom will push the European Union this weekend to consider the most punitive sanctions yet against Russia for its involvement in escalating the crisis in Ukraine.

28th August 2014 - Sun News Network

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FDD's Boris Zilberman on Russian troop movements into Ukraine.


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