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Annie Fixler

Policy Analyst

Areas of Impact:

Cyber and FinTech

Biography:

Annie Fixler is a policy analyst at FDD's Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). She contributes to CSIF's work on offensive and defensive tools of economic coercion. She also serves as the senior project manager of the Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare project and the deputy director of FDD's Transformative Cyber Innovation Lab working on issues related to the national security implications of cyber attacks on economic targets, adversarial strategies and capabilities, and U.S. cyber resilience.

Prior to joining FDD, Annie worked for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington as a senior research analyst and gained expertise in Congressional affairs and Middle East policy. Annie also serves as the director of public affairs at a strategic communications and public affairs firm based in Washington, DC. Annie earned her BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Prevailing in Today’s Cyber Battlefield Requires Strategic Consensus

2nd September 2018 – The National Interest

Prevailing in Today’s Cyber Battlefield Requires Strategic Consensus

Annie Fixler , Tyler Stapleton

In 1953, the United States stood at a precipice. After the death that year of Soviet strongman Joseph Stalin, senior U.S. cabinet officials could not agree on how to contain and confront Soviet expansion and aggression. So President Eisenhower devised an exercise to “ analyze competing national strategies ” to check the Soviets where possible and roll back their advances where feasible. more...

Analysis & Commentary

2nd September 2018 – The National Interest

Prevailing in Today’s Cyber Battlefield Requires Strategic Consensus

Annie Fixler , Tyler Stapleton

In 1953, the United States stood at a precipice. After the death that year of Soviet strongman Joseph Stalin, senior U.S. cabinet officials could not agree on how to contain and confront Soviet expansion and aggression. So President Eisenhower devised an exercise to “ analyze competing national strategies ” to check the Soviets where possible and roll back their advances where feasible. more...

26th August 2018 – The Hill

Iran’s Facebook operation shows that it never restrained its hackers

Annie Fixler

Facebook on Tuesday dismantled an expansive, covert Iranian influence operation aimed at American, British, Latin American, and Middle Eastern audiences. Posing as independent news and civil society organizations, state-sponsored actors created hundreds of fake Facebook pages and Twitter accounts, which were also suspended on Tuesday, and Iranian state media created dozens of counterfeit YouTube channels. more...

12th June 2018 – Fortune Magazine

How Bailing Out ZTE Damaged America’s Credibility

Annie Fixler , Trevor Logan

Last week, the U.S. Commerce Department announced an agreement to resolve a dispute with Chinese telecom company ZTE, which had violated U.S. sanctions by supplying sensitive technology to Iran. Rather than face a crippling ban on purchasing equipment from U.S. companies, ZTE agreed to pay $1 billion in fines—an unprecedented penalty from Commerce—and place $400 million in escrow to pay for any future fines the company might incur. more...

1st June 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Gulf States Crack Down on Iran’s Illicit Finance

Annie Fixler , Varsha Koduvayur

Sixty members of the Iranian parliament sent President Hassan Rouhani a letter last week demanding that the Islamic Republic reconsider its ties with the United Arab Emirates due to what they deemed a hostile stance towards Tehran. Iran has reason to be nervous about its financial relations not only with the UAE, but also with the rest of the Arab Gulf. more...