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Behnam Ben Taleblu

Senior Iran Analyst

Areas of Impact:

Iran - Human Rights, Iran, Iran - Sanctions

Biography:

Behnam Ben Taleblu is a Senior Iran Analyst at Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Previously, Behnam served as a Non-Resident Iran Research Fellow and Iran Research Analyst at FDD, where he leveraged his native Farsi skills in addition to subject-matter expertise. Behnam has provided FDD’s scholars, staff, and the wider foreign-policy community with open-source research and analysis on Iran-related issues including: nuclear non-proliferation, ballistic missiles, sanctions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the foreign policy debates within the Islamic Republic, and internal Iranian politics.

Behnam earned his master’s degree in international relations from The University of Chicago, and his bachelor’s degree in international affairs (international politics) and Middle East studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Behnam frequently briefs Washington audiences on a host of Iran-related issues, and has testified before the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament. He has also had his analysis cited in Congressional Testimony. Behnam has published and/or co-authored pieces in various outlets such as U.S. News & World Report, The Cipher Brief, The National Interest, War on the Rocks, Turkish Policy Quarterly, and The Hill, in addition to FDD-linked publications such as The Long War Journal and Military Edge.

Behnam Ben Taleblu is a Senior Iran Analyst at Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Previously, Behnam served as a Non-Resident Iran Research Fellow and Iran Research Analyst at FDD, where he leveraged his native Farsi skills in addition to subject-matter expertise. Behnam has provided FDD’s scholars, staff, and the wider foreign-policy community with open-source research and analysis on Iran-related issues including: nuclear non-proliferation, ballistic missiles, sanctions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and the foreign policy debates within the Islamic Republic.

Behnam earned his master’s degree in international relations from The University of Chicago, and his bachelor’s degree in international affairs (international politics) and Middle East studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

Behnam frequently briefs Washington audiences on a host of Iran-related issues, and has had his analysis cited in Congressional Testimony. He has published and/or co-authored pieces in various outlets such as The National Interest, War on the Rocks, Turkish Policy Quarterly, and The Hill, in addition to FDD-linked publications such as The Long War Journal and Military Edge.

New Sanctions Highlight the Need to Counter Iran’s Non-Nuclear Threats

20th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New Sanctions Highlight the Need to Counter Iran’s Non-Nuclear Threats

Tyler Stapleton, Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a joint effort on Tuesday, the Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice released new designations of Iranian, Chinese, and Turkish procurement networks that have facilitated material support for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the country’s ballistic missile program. more...

Analysis & Commentary

21st July 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration kicks the Iran deal down the road. more...

20th July 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

New Sanctions Highlight the Need to Counter Iran’s Non-Nuclear Threats

Tyler Stapleton, Behnam Ben Taleblu

In a joint effort on Tuesday, the Departments of State, Treasury, and Justice released new designations of Iranian, Chinese, and Turkish procurement networks that have facilitated material support for Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the country’s ballistic missile program. more...

19th July 2017 – Quoted by VOA News

Rouhani: Iran to ‘Stand Up’ to US for New Sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday his country will stand firm against the United States and respond to any new sanctions the U.S. imposes on the Islamic republic. more...

19th July 2017 – Quoted by Iran Focus

Iranian Regime Divided

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The power struggle between the different factions in the Iranian Regime may have come to a head this weekend after the arrest of the President's brother and the conviction of an American student for espionage. more...