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27th July 2015 - The Hill Times

Canada Is Right Not To Lift Iran Sanctions Prematurely

Emanuele Ottolenghi

The nuclear deal that six world powers signed with Iran earlier this month will soon remove most international sanctions in exchange for Iran’s acceptance of long-term restrictions on its nuclear program.

27th July 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

EU Delisting of IRGC Construction Giant Will Boost Terror Financing

Ali Alfoneh

The Iran nuclear deal signed July 14 stipulates that eight years after its implementation, the European Union will delist a construction conglomerate owned by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

27th July 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

Under Iran Agreement, U.S. Will Delist All Entities Controlled by Supreme Leader

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Of all the sanctions to be lifted in last week’s Iran nuclear agreement, few are more significant than those against a shadowy $100-billion network of foundations belonging to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader, Ali Khamenei.

26th July 2015 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: Europe to Drop Sanctions on Iranian Terrorists and Entities

Benjamin Weinthal

Along with the Iran nuclear agreement, the European Union has agreed to remove sanctions on Iranian entities and individuals deeply involved in terrorism.

24th July 2015 - Quoted by Charles Hoskinson - The Washington Examiner

Iran Nuclear Deal Has Dueling Sanctions ‘Snapbacks’

Mark Dubowitz

A key enforcement tool of the nuclear deal with Iran is the idea that international sanctions would quickly "snap back" into place if Tehran violates any of its terms.

23rd July 2015 - Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Four Key Questions About the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Senators grilled three members of President Obama's Cabinet on Thursday about the international agreement to limit Iran's nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.

22nd July 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Iran Scored a Major Under-the-Radar Economic Victory in the Nuclear Deal

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Last week's historic nuclear deal between a US-led group of countries and Iran is intended to impose a combination of stockpile limitations and intensive monitoring that keeps the country one year away from producing a single nuclear weapon for a period of at least 10 years.

21st July 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

The Snapback Trap is One Reason to Nix the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

In an appearance on NPR, sanctions guru Mark Dubowitz explained that the mechanism in the Iran deal designed to stop Iran from cheating — the “snapback” — actually provides cover for Iran to cheat. The report went like this:

20th July 2015 - Quoted by Bret Stephens - The Wall Street Journal

The Iran Deal’s Collapsing Rationale

Mark Dubowitz

The Iran deal is supposed to prevent a nuclear-arms race in the Middle East. So what better way to get that ball of hopefulness rolling than by arming our regional allies to the teeth?

17th July 2015 - Foreign Policy

It Just Got Easier for Iran to Fund Terrorism

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, did not enter into Tuesday’s historic deal with six world powers to reset relations with the West. It was the promise of more than $100 billion in sanctions relief, rather, that greased the wheels of the recently completed diplomacy in...

17th July 2015 - FDD Policy Brief

The Nuclear Deal’s Impact on Iran’s Revolutionary Guards

Emanuele Ottolenghi, Saeed Ghasseminejad

One of the foremost beneficiaries of the Iran nuclear deal signed this week is the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), the militia-cum-business empire whose clout has grown exponentially over the last decade and now controls at least one-sixth of the Iranian economy.

17th July 2015 - Quoted by Kyle Orton - The Independent

Will the US Even Hold Iran to the Terms of Nuclear Agreement?

Mark Dubowitz

With all the leaks and the numerous "interim" deals, the nuclear deal—the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)—made with Iran on July 14 contained few surprises.

17th July 2015 - Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Our ‘Snapbacks’ Became Iran’s Nuclear Blackmail

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The idea of a “snapback” on Iran sanctions was always problematic because of the time it takes to detect a violation, agree it is a violation, bring it to Iran’s attention, implement (“snapback”) sanctions and ensure enforcement to deter an Iranian “sneakout” (a dash to a...

17th July 2015 - Quoted by Indira Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

Iran Risks Will Curb Investor Enthusiasm Even as Sanctions Ease

Mark Dubowitz

The end of economic sanctions on Iran under this week’s nuclear deal has been portrayed as a gold-rush opportunity in an oil-rich Gulf state, but returning to business as usual won’t be as easy as the burst of enthusiasm suggests.

16th July 2015 - NPR

All Things Considered

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses Iran's $100 billion windfall as part of a nuclear agreement.

16th July 2015 - Quoted by Investor's Business Daily

Snapping Back Sanctions Won’t Prevent A Nuclear-Armed Iran

Iran Deal: The president claims that if Tehran cheats, "sanctions that have helped to cripple the Iranian economy will snap back into place." But he won't want them to, because then the deal would be dead.

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Pascal Carlucci - The Telegraph

Iran Nuclear Deal: Should We Give Peace a Chance?

The Iran nuclear deal has historical value because it depicts a crystal-clear image of current global affairs. The United States and Europe, for different reasons, wanted to close a bitter chapter of their past, while China and Russia are carefully designing a future geopolitical strategy in...

15th July 2015 - Quoted by Armin Rosen - Business Insider

Iran’s Strategic Mastermind Got a Huge Boost From the Nuclear Deal

Jonathan Schanzer

The historic nuclear accord between a US-led group of countries and Iran was good news for a man who some consider to be the Middle East's most effective covert operative.

14th July 2015 - Quoted by Nahal Toosi - Politico

How a Republican President Could Kill the Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

If the next president hates the nuclear deal with Iran, he (or she) can undo it after taking office.

10th July 2015 - The Weekly Standard

Iran Made Illegal Purchases of Nuclear Weapons Technology Last Month

Benjamin Weinthal, Emanuele Ottolenghi

The question is not whether Iran can be trusted to uphold the nuclear deal now being negotiated in Vienna (it can’t), but whether the Obama administration and its P5+1 partners can be trusted to punish Iran when it violates the agreement?

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