Analysis & Commentary

21st April 2015 - Quoted by Lawrence J. Haas - U.S. News & World Report

Iran Is Already Winning

Mark Dubowitz

As global talks over Iran’s nuclear program resume in Vienna this week, one can’t help wonder whether, in a larger sense, the die of an Iranian regional, military and economic victory has already been cast. From Washington to Berlin, Moscow to Beijing, and many places in between,...

20th April 2015 - Sirius XM

The Arlene Bynon Show

Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses the role of Congress in the Iran nuclear negotiations.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Toluse Olorunnipa & Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Iran Obama Sidesteps Iran Sanctions Timeline to Focus on Snapback

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama left open the possibility of negotiators lifting most sanctions against Iran at the start of a final nuclear deal -- rather than in phases -- so long as sanctions could be reimposed quickly if Iran violates its end of the deal.

17th April 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran-U.S. Differences Over Nuclear Deal Widen

Mark Dubowitz

Two weeks after world powers and Iran announced a framework agreement to curb Iran's nuclear program, widening gaps between the two sides are emerging.

16th April 2015 - Quoted by Deb Riechmann - PBS Newshour

President Obama May Not Need Congress to Defang Sanctions Against Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Even if Congress rejects his final Iranian nuclear deal, President Barack Obama could use his executive pen to offer Tehran a hefty portion of sanctions relief on his own.

8th April 2015 - Quoted by Rachel Oswald - Congressional Quarterly

Obama Wields Double Veto Power on Iran Bill

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate appears on the verge of having a veto-proof majority to pass legislation empowering Congress to approve a final Iran deal but there's a catch. President Barack Obama is all but certain to veto any joint resolution if it forbidshim from lifting statutory sanctions.

7th April 2015 - CCTV


Ali Alfoneh

FDD Senior Fellow Ali Alfoneh discusses sanctions and the Iranian economy.

26th February 2015 - Quoted by Jamila Trindle - Foreign Policy

Transfer Denied: The Hidden Costs of Washington’s War Against al-Shabab

Juan Zarate

As a child, Noor Dubow fled war in his homeland of Somalia. Growing up, he fought constantly against hunger while living in a refugee camp in neighboring Kenya. Today, he wears a tie to work, goes to school at night, and lives in a tightknit Somali community in America’s heartland.

16th January 2015 - Quoted by Carol E. Lee, Jay Solomon, Michael R. Crittenden - The Wall Street Journal

Obama Sets Fight Over Iran Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama vowed to veto any legislation approving new economic sanctions against Iran, placing him on a collision course with the Republican-controlled Congress as U.S. diplomats seek to secure a deal curtailing Tehran’s nuclear program by July.

30th December 2014 - Newsradio 1070 WINA

The Schilling Show

Clifford D. May

FDD President Clifford May discussing sanction on Iran.

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.

5th December 2014 - Cited by Emily Cadei, Ozy

The Wonks Waging Financial War on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank, is small, nonpartisan and little known outside of Washington, D.C. So is its lead Iranian sanctions guru, Mark Dubowitz, a soft-spoken lawyer turned tech exec turned Middle East finance wonk.

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.


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