The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and its Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF) hosted a reception and discussion Thursday, October 6 to mark the release of The Iran Wars: Spy Games, Bank Battles, and the Secret Deals That Reshaped the Middle East by Jay Solomon, chief foreign affairs correspondent for The Wall Street Journal.
The Iran Wars is the product of extensive in-depth reporting and interviews with all the key players in the conflict—from high-ranking Iranian officials to Secretary of State John Kerry and his negotiating team. FDD was pleased to host Jay in conversation with several of the book’s featured “financial warriors,” including HSBC Chief Legal Officer and former Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence at the U.S. Department of Treasury Stuart Levey, CSIF Chairman and former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor Juan Zarate, FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz, and senior attorney Steve Perles. The discussion focused on the players and policies that brought Iran to the negotiating table and the Islamic Republic's position in the world economy.
Download the full transcript here.