Analysis & Commentary

19th August 2014 - Quoted by Guy Taylor Maggie Ybarra - The Washington Times

Despite Sanctions Relief, Iran Aids Hamas With Missile Technology

Jonathan Schanzer

When President Obama announced last year the easing of U.S. sanctions on Iran in return for concessions on its nuclear program, he cautiously hailed the deal as a “real opportunity to achieve a comprehensive, peaceful settlement” with Tehran.

17th August 2014 - Cited by The Wall Street Journal

Some Realism on Russia

Mark Dubowitz

President Petro Poroshenko said Friday his military destroyed armored vehicles entering Ukraine from Russia, and a Russian invasion could happen any day.

15th August 2014 - Quoted by Vladimir Dubinsky - Svoboda

Запад не поверил Путину

Boris Zilberman

Ялтинские заявления президента России о деэскалации на Украине западные политики и эксперты назвали декларативными

13th August 2014 - Quoted by Kasia Klimasinska, Dakin Campbell and Ian Katz - Bloomberg Businessweek

Banks Woo Treasury Sanctions Pros to Navigate Complex U.S. Rules

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration unit central to enforcing economic sanctions on the regimes of Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad has to contend with a nuisance closer to home: large banks poaching its staff.

4th August 2014 - The Journal of International Security Affairs

Warriors in Gray Suits

Mark Dubowitz

Economic sanctions are now the default instrument of coercive statecraft for confronting challenges to the international order.

4th August 2014 - Quoted by John Kemp - Reuters

EU Energy Restrictions on Russia Are Mostly “Sanctions Theatre”

Mark Dubowitz

EU sanctions on Russia's oil sector will not seriously hamper the development of new oil resources in either the short or the long term, though they leave open the possibility of further escalation if relations with Russia deteriorate in future.

1st August 2014 - Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

Experts Explain Why The New Russia Sanctions Still Won’t Work

Mark Dubowitz

Earlier this week — for the third time this year — the U.S. announced a new round of sanctions on Russia for its involvement in destabilizing the crisis in Ukraine.

30th July 2014 - CTV

CTV News

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman on the latest round of sanctions for Russia.

30th July 2014 - Quoted by Jay Solomon and Marcus Walker - The Wall Street Journal

Recent History Suggests Tougher Russia Sanctions Are Needed

Mark Dubowitz

The U.S. and Europe made good this week on their threats to start penalizing broader sections of Russia's economy in a bid to force President Vladimir Putin to end his support for separatist rebels in Ukraine.

29th July 2014 - Quoted by Rosie Gray - Buzzfeed

Congress Grows Restless As Iran Talks Drag

Mark Dubowitz

A top Obama administration official on Tuesday wouldn’t promise the the Iran nuclear negotiations will end by the new deadline.

29th July 2014 - Quoted by David Jackson and Jim Michaels - USA Today

U.S., Europe Hit Russia With New Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Russia Tuesday that they said will further cripple its economy, hopefully forcing President Vladimir Putin to end his support of armed rebels in Ukraine and to seek peace.

24th July 2014 - Quoted by Steve LeVine - Quartz

Here’s An Effective Way to Sanction Russia, and Why it Hasn’t Happened So Far

Mark Dubowitz

Western officials hoping to alter the behavior of Russian president Vladimir Putin are examining a lot of targets for sanctions, but analysts say one entity seems to be off the table for now—Gazprom.

21st July 2014 - Quoted by Terry Atlas and Jonathan Allen - Bloomberg

Obama Seen Gaining on Putin as U.S. Prods EU on Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

President Barack Obama’s response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over Ukraine reflects the consensus of U.S. officials that time, evidence, and world opinion are increasingly on his side as he takes on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

21st July 2014 - Cited by Evan Moore - U.S. News

Force Iran to Make a Choice

The United States and other world powers extended the deadline to reach a comprehensive final agreement with Iran over its controversial nuclear program to November 24, 2014.

20th July 2014 - The Wall Street Journal

Persian Nuclear Carpet Ride

Negotiating with Tehran is often compared to haggling in a Mideast bazaar, and after Friday's decision to extend talks over the country's nuclear program we're reminded why. In exchange for essentially no concessions, the mullahs were given $2.8 billion in hard cash to keep talking for...

17th July 2014 - Quoted by Justyna Pawlak and Louis Charbonneau - Reuters

West Considers Early Sanctions Moves in Troubled Iran Nuclear Talks

Mark Dubowitz

With talks between world powers and Iran over a broad nuclear accord at an impasse, Western governments are considering offering a significant easing of sanctions early on in the process to try to wring concessions from Tehran, diplomats say.

7th July 2014 - Interviewed by Tim Starks - CQ Roll Call

Five Questions With Mark Dubowitz on Iran Nuclear Negotiations, Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

INTERVIEW: Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a hawkish think tank, and a widely called-upon expert on sanctions and Iran’s nuclear program.

3rd July 2014 - The Hill

Eliciting A Better Deal From Iran

Emanuele Ottolenghi

After months of public optimism, Iranian and U.S. officials are publicly hinting that they’ve reached an impasse over the nuclear negotiations.

2nd July 2014 - Mentioned by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Holding the line on Iran sanctions

Mark Dubowitz

At a time President Obama’s approval ratings are spiraling downward and Americans regard him as the worst post-World War II president, the United States nevertheless is stuck with an increasingly whiny, irrelevant and weakened chief executive.

2nd July 2014 - Mentioned by Peter Kenyon - NPR

Morning Edition

Mark Dubowitz

After a decade of on again off again talks between the West and Iran over its nuclear program, a last round begins Wednesday in Vienna. Negotiators have set July 20 as the deadline to reach a deal.


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