Analysis & Commentary

23rd November 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Congress Moves to Target Hezbollah with New Sanctions

Tyler Stapleton

Congress took action this week to target Hezbollah and its global network of illicit finance.

23rd November 2015 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Grants Reprieve to Firm Aiding Iran in Evading U.S. Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

An Italian company penalized for aiding Iran in evading U.S. sanctions has been de-listed by the Obama administration, prompting criticism from experts who believe the United States is caving to the Islamic Republic’s demands before it upholds its end of the recent nuclear deal, according...

16th November 2015 - The Hill

Why Isn’t the Obama Administration Going After Iran’s Mahan Air?

Emanuele Ottolenghi

In theory, Iran's Mahan Air is a private commercial airliner that operates dozens of daily passenger flights to domestic and international destinations.

11th November 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Iran Is Not Honoring The Deal, So Why Should We?

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration first argued that the Iran deal was a good deal and would have a beneficial impact on Iran’s behavior in the region.

7th November 2015 - Quoted by Natasha Bertrand - Business Insider

‘McDonald’s Diplomacy’: The Nuclear Deal Has Emboldened Iranian Hardliners

Tony Badran

The Iran nuclear deal, the optimism went, could help open up the country to the West. It could soften the influence of hardliners in the country. And it could start to open Iran's doors to outside businesses, including from the US.

6th November 2015 - Quoted by Erin Banco - International Business Times

Blacklisted Iranian Airline Continues To Acquire Aircraft, Transport Weapons To Syria

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Senior U.S. officials told International Business Times they are investigating the purchase of a U.K.-manufactured aircraft by one of Iran’s airlines. Because the jet has an American-made engine, it is subject to U.S. export laws.

2nd November 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

What To Do About Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week the Wall Street Journal reported: U.S. lawmakers, angered by the recent arrest of an Iranian-American, demanded Friday that the White House take a tougher line against Tehran and impose fresh sanctions on its elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

2nd November 2015 - The Cipher Brief

Impact of Sanctions Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

Despite the fanfare over the recently reached Iran deal, Tehran remains a bad actor.

30th October 2015 - Forbes

The Unbearable Lightness of UN Sanctions on North Korea

Claudia Rosett

As far as President Obama has any discernible policy for dealing with the rising threat from North Korea, a big part of his approach entails pressuring Pyongyang with UN sanctions.

29th October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

EU Set to Delist Entities Linked to Iran’s Ballistic Missile Test

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian lawmakers broadly endorsed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal on October 11.

22nd October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Letters About Iran Are Not Enough, Senators

Mark Dubowitz

Yesterday Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, along with Sens. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Ron Wyden...

21st October 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Iran Sanctions Relief A Nightmare for Financial Compliance

Annie Fixler

The Obama administration issued waivers on Sunday, suspending “nuclear-related” sanctions on Iran, to take effect on Implementation Day.

20th October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Menendez is Right, Again, on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), stalwart critic of the Iran deal, deserves to say “I told you so.”

20th October 2015 - The Hill

Time to Designate Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as Terror Group

Emanuele Ottolenghi

Last week, news emerged that Russia's military deployment to Syria was offering cover to the Syrian regime and its allies in a campaign to recapture lost territories from rebel groups. But even that could not prevent a string of high-profile casualties among senior commanders of Iran's...

14th October 2015 - The Canadian Jewish News

Sanctions Targeting Iranian Human Rights Abusers are Right, Not Radical

Sheryl Saperia

On September 23rd, Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson announced that the Conservatives, if re-elected, would amend the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA) to include gross human rights abuses as new grounds for Canadian sanctions against foreign states, entities and individuals.

14th October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Administration’s Orwellian Language

Mark Dubowitz

It is a truism that if one does not think straight, one’s words will be confused and one’s actions are likely to reflect that confusion. This is nowhere more evident than in the Obama administration, which now deploys Orwellian language to obscure evil and hide from its own obligations....

11th October 2015 - Quoted by Anthony Furey - The Toronto Sun

Pay Attention to Iran Deal, Former CIA Head Warns

James Woolsey

The former head of the CIA warns that the nuclear deal with Iran will make Canada and the world less safe.

8th October 2015 - Business Insider

Here’s How to Stop Iran’s Revolutionary Guard From Profiting Off of the Nuclear Deal

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

The slogan of Iran’s largest mobile telecommunication business, the Mobile Communication Company of Iran (MCI), is “Nobody is alone.” That sentiment is far from reassuring.

3rd October 2015 - Quoted by The Week Staff

The Iran Deal: A Brief Guide

Mark Dubowitz

Having survived Republican opposition in Congress, President Obama's nuclear deal with Iran will soon go into effect. Here, a brief rundown of the deal and its effects:

2nd October 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Democrats Look for Cover on Lousy Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Nine Democrats trying frantically to dispel the impression that their party was sold a bill of goods on the Iran deal came out with legislation Thursday that they said would “strengthen U.S. policy toward Iran and to clarify aspects of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) that is...


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