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Amir Toumaj

Research Analyst

Areas of Impact:

Iran

Biography:

Amir Toumaj is a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies specializing in Iranian affairs. His research focuses on the nexus between Iranian economic and security policy-making, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, domestic politics, nuclear non-proliferation, and Tehran’s policies across the Middle East.  

Born and raised in Tehran, Amir received a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois and an MA in International Affairs with concentrations in International Economic Affairs and Middle East from the Elliott School at the George Washington University. Prior to joining FDD, Amir was part of the Iran team at the American Enterprise Institute.

Amir Toumaj is a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies specializing in Iranian affairs. His research focuses on the nexus between Iranian economic and security policy-making, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, domestic politics, nuclear non-proliferation, and Tehran’s policies across the Middle East.  

Born and raised in Tehran, Amir received a BA in Political Science from the University of Illinois and an MA in International Affairs with concentrations in International Economic Affairs and Middle East from the Elliott School at the George Washington University. Prior to joining FDD, Amir was part of the Iran team at the American Enterprise Institute.

13th April 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

IRGC-controlled Syrian militia declares jihad against US forces in Syria

Amir Toumaj, Romany Shaker

A Syrian militia led by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) declared on April 6 jihad against US and allied forces in Syria. The IRGC is likely to boost its military support to the group as it explores avenues to drive the US out of Syria. more...

Analysis & Commentary

10th May 2018 – Quoted by Sewell Chan - The New York Times

Why Iran and Israel Are Clashing in Syria

Amir Toumaj

A simmering conflict between Israel and Iran escalated overnight when Israeli jets struck dozens of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria. more...

5th May 2018 – Quoted by Hollie McKay - Fox News

Iran aims to be king of the hill on key strategic mountain in Iraq

Amir Toumaj, Behnam Ben Taleblu

On this mountaintop where a Yazidi minority faced slaughter and extermination under a savage Islamic State siege, there's new concern about Iran establishing a key strategic foothold that could literally leave much of the region -- reaching as far as Israel -- in the crosshairs of attack. more...

3rd May 2018 – FDD's Long War Journal

Hezbollah chief’s censored speech reaffirms group as Tehran’s arm in Lebanon

Amir Toumaj

In March, an Iran state-affiliated media outlet inappropriately published a speech by Lebanese Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah. The speech was a private – candid – address to an Iranian audience in Beirut in the same month. more...

24th April 2018 – Quoted by Jack Detsch - Al Monitor

Trump emerges from Macron meeting ready to take on Iran in Syria

Amir Toumaj

US President Donald Trump emerged from a wide-ranging meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron at the White House today with a new outlook on America’s role in Syria. more...