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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.

Hardline Iranian Cleric Announces Presidential Run

7th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Hardline Iranian Cleric Announces Presidential Run

Behnam Ben Taleblu, Amir Toumaj

A hardline Iranian political coalition announced its updated slate of candidates Thursday for the May presidential election. Radical cleric Seyyed Ebrahim Raisi emerged at the top of the list and formally declared his candidacy. more...

Analysis & Commentary

28th April 2017 – War on the Rocks

Missing the Point on Iran’s Ballistic Missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani told a defense exposition this month that his country would “not seek the permission of anyone” to build missiles, affirming “a need for vigilance” against perceived foreign aggression. more...

27th April 2017 – Quoted by Carol Morello, Erin Cunningham - The Washington Post

The nuclear deal takes center stage as Iran’s election campaign gets underway

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran’s short, intense presidential campaign kicks off Friday with the first televised debate between six candidates in a race widely seen as a referendum on whether Iranians feel they have benefited from the nuclear deal that took effect last year. more...

24th April 2017 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Iran, Russia Boost Military Ties Amid U.S. Action In Syria

Boris Zilberman, Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran and Russia are moving closer together in their military alliance, working to boost ties and coordination in Syria and elsewhere in the region following the U.S. decision to launch a military strike in Syria, according to regional reports and experts. more...

21st April 2017 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - The Washington Examiner

Russia pushes for Iranian membership in NATO counterweight group

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Russia wants Iran to receive full membership in a geopolitical organization designed as a partial counterweight to NATO and other western pacts, a move that would likely deepen the economic and military ties between the two governments. more...