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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.

Rouhani Will Seek to Divide the West at the UN General Assembly

18th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani Will Seek to Divide the West at the UN General Assembly

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will deliver his fifth annual address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) this Wednesday. Rouhani is likely to emphasize two related themes that are key to the Iranian strategy of dividing the United States from its partners in Europe with regard to addressing the nuclear threat from Iran. more...

Analysis & Commentary

20th September 2017 – Quoted by Sean Savage - JNS.org

What are Trump and Netayahu’s options to ‘fix or nix’ the Iran nuclear deal?

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In his first address to the United Nations General Assembly Tuesday, President Donald Trump made a forceful case against Iran’s behavior in the Middle East and the merits of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama. more...

20th September 2017 – Quoted by Francesco Fontemaggi - Agence France Presse

UN nuclear arms deal with the Iranian nuclear agreement

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iran is defending its case Wednesday against the United States, tempted by a challenge to the nuclear agreement with Tehran, at the risk of a new crisis at a time when the world is trying to prevent Korea of the North to acquire the atomic weapon. more...

20th September 2017 – Quoted by Dave Clark - Agence France Presse

Iran in UN spotlight as Trump threatens nuclear deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Tehran will defend itself on the world stage on Wednesday with US President Donald Trump threatening to trigger a new international crisis by pulling out of the Iran nuclear accord. more...

18th September 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Rouhani Will Seek to Divide the West at the UN General Assembly

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will deliver his fifth annual address to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) this Wednesday. Rouhani is likely to emphasize two related themes that are key to the Iranian strategy of dividing the United States from its partners in Europe with regard to addressing the nuclear threat from Iran. more...