Giving Iran Access to the U.S. Financial System Allows Further Support for Terrorism

April 18 2016

After backtracking on its move to permit Iran to conduct transactions in dollars through American financial institutions—in violation of promises to Congress—the Obama administration is now poised to allow the Islamic Republic to achieve similar results by using foreign banks. In a recorded conference call, Mark Dubowitz and Eric Lorber explain why Iran was originally denied access to the U.S. financial system, and the troubling consequences of providing a workaround:

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More about: Barack Obama, Finance, Iran, Iran sanctions, Politics & Current Affairs, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy

How the U.S. Can Get Smart about Promoting Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East

Sept. 27 2021

Considering the current state of the region and the policy mistakes of the recent past, David Pollock and Robert Satloff outline a strategy that is “both virtuous and realistic” for defending human rights and encouraging democratization in a region plagued by autocracy, chaos, and brutality. They argue that “in the long run, more democratic, tolerant, and inclusive governments are likely to be better at defending themselves, and more reliable and effective security partners for the United States.”

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More about: Arab democracy, Human Rights, Middle East, U.S. Foreign policy