Analysis & Commentary

12th May 2016 - Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

U.S. Stopped Blacklisting Domestic Terror Charities Under Obama

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

The last time the federal government designated a U.S. charity as a front for terrorist fundraising, President Barack Obama had been in office for less than a month and Osama bin Laden was still at large.

12th May 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Report: During Obama Administration, U.S. Stopped Going After Terror-Supporting Charities

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

Under the administration of President Barack Obama, the Treasury Department stopped blacklisting domestic charities that collect funds for terrorist organizations, Eli Lake of Bloomberg View reported on Thursday.

12th May 2016 - Quoted by Natalie Johnson - The Washington Free Beacon

Report: U.S. Under Obama Has Halted Battle Against Charities Funding Terrorism

Jonathan Schanzer, Juan Zarate

The United States under the Obama administration has halted the practice of blacklisting domestic organizations that pose as charities to raise money for terrorist groups.

10th May 2016 - Quoted by Jacob Kornbluh - Jewish Insider

Why European banks, companies are avoiding Iran

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday pushed back against claims that U.S. restrictions are preventing European companies from doing business in Iran following last year’s nuclear deal.

9th May 2016 - Quoted by Jeffrey Goldberg - The Atlantic

Ben Rhodes and the ‘Retailing’ of the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Several days ago, I received an email from Mark Dubowitz, the executive director of a Washington think tank called the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.

6th May 2016 - Foreign Policy

Understanding the Promise — and Limits — of Sanctions

Eric B. Lorber

Last week, David Francis and Lara Jakes published a report for Foreign Policy, titled “Sanctions Are a Failure… Let’s Admit That,” on the feeling in Washington that recent attempts to impose biting economic sanctions have not achieved their objectives and have led to unintended and...

30th April 2016 - Quoted by Michelle Caruso-Cabrera - CNBC

Iran pushes for acceptance in global banking system

Mark Dubowitz

Iran has a message for the world's financial institutions: We want to do business again.

17th April 2016 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

A Clinton Iran approach Republicans could support

Mark Dubowitz

Hillary Clinton, who is in the course of a fierce struggle for the affection of the Democratic base, is not about to disown the JCPOA, President Obama’s signature second-term accomplishment.

13th April 2016 - Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

U.S. Frowns on New Iran Sanctions by Congress After Missile Test

A top Treasury Department official argued against imposing new legislative sanctions on Iran after its ballistic missile tests last month, even as he said the Islamic Republic would remain blocked from the U.S. financial system.

12th April 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Sanctions Experts: Granting Iran Access to Dollars Endangers Global Banking System

Mark Dubowitz, Eric B. Lorber

Giving Iran access to U.S. dollars in order to boost its international business profile would erode diplomatic leverage against the Islamic Republic and jeopardize the international banking system, experts said in a conference call with the Foreign Policy Initiative last week.

31st March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Don’t Politicize Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

In a speech yesterday before the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew argued that sanctions are an effective instrument to address illicit activities, but they must be lifted when the illicit behavior changes:

30th March 2016 - FDD Policy Brief

Erdogan’s Washington Visit Overshadowed by Sanction-Buster’s Arrest

Merve Tahiroglu, Aykan Erdemir

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is in Washington for a five-day trip geared around the White House’s two-day nuclear security summit on Thursday and Friday.

29th March 2016 - Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran Expands Covert Ballistic Missile Program, Dismisses U.S. Sanctions

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is covertly expanding an underground network of ballistic missile construction and testing sites, despite new U.S. sanctions aimed at deterring the Islamic Republic’s illicit program, which is believed to be focused on the delivery of a nuclear warhead.

28th March 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

Lawmakers, Experts Question Administration’s Interest in Granting Iran More Sanctions Relief

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The Obama administration appears willing to offer new sanctions relief to Iran, including allowing the country to access the U.S. financial market, causing concern among lawmakers and experts, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

24th March 2016 - Quoted by Bradley Klapper - Associated Press

Republicans worry Obama is opening door to new Iran relief

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration is leaving the door open to new sanctions relief for Iran, including possibly long-forbidden access to the U.S. financial market, prompting increased concern from Republican opponents of last year's nuclear deal.

23rd March 2016 - Quoted by Sune Engel Rasmussen - Newsweek Middle East

Iran: Dead Billionaire Walking

Emanuele Ottolenghi

For the past two years, while he was languishing in Tehran’s Evin Prison, the world seemed to forget Iranian billionaire Babak Zanjani. But he returned to the headlines on March 6, when an Iranian court sentenced him to death.

23rd March 2016 - Quoted by International Business Times

Reza Zarrab: Turkey reels from gold bullion scandal as spotlight lands on Erdogan allies

Jonathan Schanzer

The love of gold, stashed under floorboards for emergencies, may be deeply ingrained in Turkish culture. But Reza Zarrab, a 33-year-old Turkish-Iranian millionaire, is learning fast that the US authorities are not as willing as his allies in Turkey to turn a blind eye to millions of dollars...

22nd March 2016 - Quoted by The Tower

WSJ Editorial: Senate Sanctions Bills are “Good Start” to Countering Iranian Missile Program

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Bills that aim to place sanctions on Iran due to the continued development of its ballistic missile program are a “good start,” a Wall Street Journal editorial argued on Tuesday.

21st March 2016 - Quoted by The Wall Street Journal

The U.S. Senate Takes On Iran

The Iranian nuclear deal is barely six months old and already Tehran has repeatedly tested ballistic missiles capable of delivering atomic warheads. So it’s encouraging to see that U.S. Senate Republicans have introduced legislation designed to confront Iran on its belligerent behavior....

17th March 2016 - Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

GOP senators push for new Iran sanctions after missile tests

A group of Republican senators are pushing new legislation that would require President Obama to impose a fresh slate of economic sanctions on Iran in response to the series of ballistic missile tests recently carried out by the Islamic Republic.


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