Iran Efforts to Circumvent U.S. Export Control Laws Pay Off, Eventually

Haaretz reported yesterday that the Iranian Air Force had fired up at least one U.S.-made Phantom fighter in the battle against radical Islamic terrorism. According to Haaretz: The Iranian Air Force is bombing Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside Iraqi territory. It is an intensification of Iran’s military involvement on the side of the Shia regime …

Iran: If You Play With Matches, Sooner or Later You’ll Get Burned

Accident? Intentional? No matter. The incident near an Iranian military facility that reportedly shook windows of buildings located up to nine miles away from the site is a reminder of the need for full visibility on the range of Iranian activities that pose, or could pose, a threat to U.S. security and interests.  Relying on Iranian …

Commerzbank Employees May Be on Chopping Block Over Iran Sanctions Violations

Commerzbank is in the news again this year over violations of U.S. economic sanctions on Iran. According to a Reuters exclusive, New York regulators want employees fired for processing unlawful transactions involving the Iranian regime. An unnamed source with New York’s Department of Financial Services told Reuters that he or she wants a lot more …

Iranian Adventurism in North America

Iranian adventurism in the Western Hemisphere is real and has been on the uptick for decades. If there was ever a case for increased economic sanctions on places such as Venezuela or Cuba, this is just as good as any an issue to start with. The United States does a good job targeting these networks, but …

Iran’s Tango with Latin America

DC Dispatches Editor Yleem Poblete penned an op-ed for the National Interest on Iranian adventurism in the Western Hemisphere, particularly in Latin America. The core message: the United States needs to move beyond a “drugs and thugs,” or pure law enforcement mindset when addressing regional challenges: Networks have been uncovered operating in Latin America that …

Gaza, Hamas, North Korea and Beyond

The Times of Israel ran an op-ed today by DC Dispatches author Dr. Yleem Poblete. The former Staff Director of the House Foreign Affairs Committee discusses how the Gaza conflict impacts beyond the greater Middle East region and why the United States must lead: Evidence linking North Korea with terrorist groups and their patrons, requires the …

Morning Musings

Congress is out for about five weeks. It will do wonders for the country. Good things. Several thousand of our closet “friends” may be on vacation, but it remains a somewhat busy week in DC. Another European bank is navigating a potential economic sanctions bramble with the U.S. Treasury Department.  According to Reuters, France’s Credit Agricole has approached U.S. authorities to …