Analysis & Commentary

4th February 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Head of Iranian Army: Missile Program is a Threat to Enemies, Including Israel

Mark Dubowitz, Boris Zilberman

The head of Iran’s armed forces said that Tehran does “not pay attention” to United Nations resolutions banning its development of ballistic missiles, and indicated that its missile program is a threat against Iran’s enemies, including Israel, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing...

3rd February 2016 - The Wall Street Journal Europe

Flying in the Face of U.S. Sanctions

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Mahan Air is an Iranian passenger airline that also happens to be a favorite with the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The IRGC uses Mahan planes to ferry weapons and personnel to aid the Syrian regime. That’s according to the U.S. government, which has repeatedly committed...

29th January 2016 - Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses terror finance and his recent article in Newsweek.

28th January 2016 - Business Insider

France just formally welcomed the Iranian president — and his checkbook

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Hassan Rouhani visited Paris on Thursday, part of the first European visit by an Iranian president in 16 years. The trip, which follows Rouhani’s visit to Rome earlier in the week, is aimed at boosting Tehran’s trade with Europe after years of sanctions.

20th January 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Mulls Next Steps as Iran Sanctions Unwind

Tyler Stapleton, Annie Fixler

On January 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran had met its preliminary nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal.

20th January 2016 - AM 1130

Up and At Em

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD VP for Research Jonathan Schanzer discusses sanctions relief, the prisoner swap, and diplomacy with Iran.

20th January 2016 - Quoted by Michael Hernandez - Anadolu Agency

Sanctions removal likely to embolden Iran: experts

Jonathan Schanzer

An estimated $100 billion in sanctions relief will likely bolster Iran’s support for rogue groups in the region, according to experts. But the extent to which Tehran benefits from the economic relief is severely limited by global oil trends.

20th January 2016 - Quoted by Matt Pearce - Los Angeles Times

Where are Iran’s billions in frozen assets, and how soon will it get them back?

Mark Dubowitz

Iran's "frozen" money has begun to thaw. For years, Iran had tens of billions of dollars worth of funds that were languishing in banks, unable to be used, because of global sanctions.

19th January 2016 - Quoted by Josh Siegel - The Daily Signal

World Watches How Iran, Now Free of Nuclear Sanctions, Will Act

Emanuele Ottolenghi

“Implementation day” of the nuclear deal among Iran, the U.S., and five other world powers came and went on Saturday after international inspectors confirmed that Tehran had fulfilled the terms of the agreement.

19th January 2016 - The Hill

Congress should keep foreign investors from working with Iran’s Revolutionary Guard

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Last weekend, the Obama administration and the European Union lifted sanctions against Tehran, less than a year after Iran and six world powers reached a nuclear deal. In preparation, the Islamic Republic has for months waged a charm to bring foreign investors to the Tehran Stock Exchange...

17th January 2016 - FOX News

Justice with Judge Jeanine

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the Iran-U.S. prisoner exchange and sanctions relief.

17th January 2016 - FOX News

America’s News HQ

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran, sanctions, and Implementation Day.

17th January 2016 - FOX News

Justice with Judge Jeanine

John Hannah

FDD senior counselor John Hannah discusses the Iran deal and challenges posed by the IRGC.

15th January 2016 - CBS Radio

CBS News

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz comments on Iran's sanctions relief windfall.

13th January 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Obama is Out to Lunch on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama reminded us in his State of the Union address that he considers his Iran deal a great achievement. In the real world, Iran has sent troops into Syria, grabbed another American to join those held against their will, conducted two ballistic missile tests in contravention of...

12th January 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran: U.S. to Lift Sanctions in a ‘Few Days’

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

As Republican lawmakers on Capitol Hill focus on a last-ditch effort to prevent the Obama administration from awarding Iran $100 billion, the Islamic Republic’s leaders have stated that economic sanctions on the country will be fully lifted in the coming days.

12th January 2016 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - Congressional Quarterly

Iran Sanctions Bill Faces Steep White House, Democratic Opposition

Mark Dubowitz

The House this week is expected to pass legislation that if implemented would likely kill the Iran nuclear deal.

9th January 2016 - Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

Saudi-Iran Crisis is Latest Reality Check for Nuke Deal Backers

Mark Dubowitz

Just months after the conclusion of a nuclear deal with Iran that the Obama administration hoped would help defuse a volatile region, the Middle East seems ready to spiral out of control.

31st December 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

The Obama Administration is Playing a ‘Game of Whack-a-Mole’ With Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration is planning a new round of sanctions against individuals and companies in Iran over the country's ballistic-missile program, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday.

30th December 2015 - Quoted by Jay Solomon - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Administration Preparing Fresh Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is preparing to sanction nearly a dozen companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for their alleged role in developing Iran’s ballistic-missile program, according to U.S. officials.


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