Analysis & Commentary


30th April 2016 - Quoted by Michelle Caruso-Cabrera - CNBC

Iran pushes for acceptance in global banking system

Mark Dubowitz

Iran has a message for the world's financial institutions: We want to do business again.

17th April 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

A Clinton Iran approach Republicans could support

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton, who is in the course of a fierce struggle for the affection of the Democratic base, is not about to disown the JCPOA, President Obama’s signature second-term accomplishment.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

U.S. Frowns on New Iran Sanctions by Congress After Missile Test

A top Treasury Department official argued against imposing new legislative sanctions on Iran after its ballistic missile tests last month, even as he said the Islamic Republic would remain blocked from the U.S. financial system.

12th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Granting Iran Access to Dollars Endangers Global Banking System

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

Giving Iran access to U.S. dollars in order to boost its international business profile would erode diplomatic leverage against the Islamic Republic and jeopardize the international banking system, experts said in a conference call with the Foreign Policy Initiative last week.

31st March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Don’t Politicize Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In a speech yesterday before the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew argued that sanctions are an effective instrument to address illicit activities, but they must be lifted when the illicit behavior changes:

30th March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Washington Visit Overshadowed by Sanction-Buster’s Arrest

Merve Tahiroglu, Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Washington for a five-day trip geared around the White House’s two-day nuclear security summit on Thursday and Friday.

29th March 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Expands Covert Ballistic Missile Program, Dismisses U.S. Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is covertly expanding an underground network of ballistic missile construction and testing sites, despite new U.S. sanctions aimed at deterring the Islamic Republic’s illicit program, which is believed to be focused on the delivery of a nuclear warhead.

28th March 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Lawmakers, Experts Question Administration’s Interest in Granting Iran More Sanctions Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration appears willing to offer new sanctions relief to Iran, including allowing the country to access the U.S. financial market, causing concern among lawmakers and experts, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

24th March 2016 - Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Republicans worry Obama is opening door to new Iran relief

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is leaving the door open to new sanctions relief for Iran, including possibly long-forbidden access to the U.S. financial market, prompting increased concern from Republican opponents of last year's nuclear deal.

23rd March 2016 - Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen - Newsweek Middle East

Iran: Dead Billionaire Walking

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For the past two years, while he was languishing in Tehran’s Evin Prison, the world seemed to forget Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani. But he returned to the headlines on March 6, when an Iranian court sentenced him to death.

23rd March 2016 - Quoted by International Business Times

Reza Zarrab: Turkey reels from gold bullion scandal as spotlight lands on Erdogan allies

Jonathan Schanzer

The love of gold, stashed under floorboards for emergencies, may be deeply ingrained in Turkish culture. But Reza Zarrab, a 33-year-old Turkish-Iranian millionaire, is learning fast that the US authorities are not as willing as his allies in Turkey to turn a blind eye to millions of dollars...

22nd March 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

WSJ Editorial: Senate Sanctions Bills are “Good Start” to Countering Iranian Missile Program

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Bills that aim to place sanctions on Iran due to the continued development of its ballistic missile program are a “good start,” a Wall Street Journal editorial argued on Tuesday.

21st March 2016 - Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Senate Takes On Iran

The Iranian nuclear deal is barely six months old and already Tehran has repeatedly tested ballistic missiles capable of delivering atomic warheads. So it’s encouraging to see that U.S. Senate Republicans have introduced legislation designed to confront Iran on its belligerent behavior....

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

GOP senators push for new Iran sanctions after missile tests

A group of Republican senators are pushing new legislation that would require President Obama to impose a fresh slate of economic sanctions on Iran in response to the series of ballistic missile tests recently carried out by the Islamic Republic.

17th March 2016 - Research Memo

Iran’s Ballistic Missile Program and Economic Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran this week engaged in a series of ballistic-missile drills, launching next-generation short-, medium-, and long range missiles from silos and missile bases built deep underground and in mountains. It was the third ballistic missile test since last summer’s nuclear deal.

17th March 2016 - FDD Press Release

U.S. Should Use Sector-Based Economic Sanctions to Thwart Iran’s Illicit Ballistic Missile Program

The United States should deploy a series of sector-based economic sanctions to counter the Iranian ballistic missile program that threatens the Middle East and U.S. interests there, according to a new Foundation for Defense of Democracies research memo issued today.

11th March 2016 - Quoted by Rebecca Shimono Stoil - The Times of Israel

White House under pressure to respond to Iran’s missile tests

Mark Dubowitz

Despite pressure from Congress, the Obama administration continued to move slowly toward acknowledging that Iran had violated a UN Security Council resolution prohibiting ballistic missile tests, and gestured toward a moremoderate sanctions response – if any – to Tehran’s actions.

11th March 2016 - C-SPAN

Washington Journal

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz talked about Iran’s test-firing of two ballistic missiles and how the test could affect the Iran nuclear agreement.

3rd March 2016 - Quoted by Elise Labott and Nicole Gaouette - CNN

Iran elected reformers. Will that change relations with the West?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's reformers claimed election victories this week, but the preliminary outcome shows no signs of quieting the raging debate over Iranian intentions in the aftermath of the nuclear deal with Tehran.

27th February 2016 - The Long War Journal

Saudi Arabia targets alleged Hezbollah procurement agents

David Andrew Weinberg

Saudi Arabia imposed sanctions yesterday on three Lebanese nationals and four companies in Lebanon and China due to alleged connections to the terrorist group Hezbollah. All seven entities had been previously sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2014 or 2015, accused of being...

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