Analysis & Commentary


15th December 2014 - National Interest

How Iran Is Skirting Sanctions in the Southern Caucasus

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Unless Western governments pay more attention to Iranian efforts to defy the international community, Tehran will continue to elude export restrictions and bypass sanctions through the South Caucasus.

21st November 2014 - A conversation with Chuck Todd - NBC

Tweet The Press

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz participates in a Tweet The Press conversation with NBC’s Meet the Press moderator, Chuck Todd.

12th November 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Diplomatic Path to the Bomb

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Let’s assume the Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna fail to conclude a final agreement by Nov. 24, the already extended deadline under the interim Joint Plan of Action signed in January.

3rd November 2014 - Quoted by Carol Matlack - Bloomberg

Putin’s Response to EU Sanctions: See You in Court

Mark Dubowitz

The fight over Russian sanctions is heading to court.

31st October 2014 - FDD Press

Iranian Economy In Moderate Recovery Thanks To Sanctions Relief, New Report Finds

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their eighth joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy. The study found the country in the midst of a moderate economic recovery, after bottoming out in the 2013/14...

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 - Echo24.cz

‘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

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Jonathan Schanzer

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

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