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Behnam Ben Taleblu

Research Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Iran - Human Rights, Iran, Iran - Sanctions

Biography:

Behnam Ben Taleblu is a Research Fellow where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Mr. Taleblu previously served as a Senior Iran Analyst at FDD. Prior to his time at FDD, Mr. Taleblu worked on non-proliferation issues at an arms control think-tank in Washington. Leveraging his subject-matter expertise and native Farsi skills, Mr. Taleblu has closely tracked a wide range of Iran-related topics including: nuclear non-proliferation, ballistic missiles, sanctions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the foreign and security policy of the Islamic Republic, and internal Iranian politics. Frequently called upon to brief journalists, congressional staff, and other Washington-audiences, Mr. Taleblu has testified before the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament.

His analysis has been quoted in The Washington PostThe Wall Street JournalReutersFox NewsThe Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, among others. Additionally, he has contributed or co-authored articles for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Fox News, The Hill, War on the Rocks, The National Interest, and U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Taleblu has appeared on a variety of broadcast programs, including BBC News, Fox News, CBS Interactive, C-SPAN, and Defense News.

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 Ben Taleblu is a Research Fellow where he focuses on Iranian security and political issues. Mr. Taleblu previously served as a Senior Iran Analyst at FDD. Prior to his time at FDD, Mr. Taleblu worked on non-proliferation issues at an arms control think-tank in Washington. Leveraging his subject-matter expertise and native Farsi skills, Mr. Taleblu has closely tracked a wide range of Iran-related topics including: nuclear non-proliferation, ballistic missiles, sanctions, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the foreign and security policy of the Islamic Republic, and internal Iranian politics. Frequently called upon to brief journalists, congressional staff, and other Washington-audiences, Mr. Taleblu has testified before the U.S. Congress and Canadian Parliament.

His analysis has been quoted in The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Fox News, The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, among others. Additionally, he has contributed or co-authored articles for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Fox News, The Hill, War on the Rocks, The National Interest, and U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Taleblu has appeared on a variety of broadcast programs, including BBC News, Fox News, CBS Interactive, C-SPAN, and Defense News.

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.

Mike Pompeo raises the bar for a deal with Iran

21st May 2018 – The Hill

Mike Pompeo raises the bar for a deal with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went big — very big — in his speech at the Heritage Foundation Monday. Pompeo’s remarks were the first major statement of U.S. policy towards Iran following the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal on May 8. Whereas the JCPOA attempted to deal with the Iranian nuclear threat in isolation, Pompeo demanded nothing less than a fundamental transformation of the Islamic Republic’s behavior. This bold move raises the bar very high for any future deal with Iran. more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th May 2018 – Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

Iran’s supreme leader just made 5 tough demands for Europe to save the nuclear deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has issued five demands to Europe that would be difficult for the continent's leaders to meet as they seek to salvage the 2015 nuclear accord. more...

24th May 2018 – Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

Trump and Europe are entering a ‘game of chicken’ over Iran nuclear deal sanctions

Behnam Ben Taleblu

European leaders are assembling a playbook to preserve the Iran nuclear deal that puts the Continent on course for direct conflict with the United States. more...

23rd May 2018 – Quoted by Sean Savage - Jewish News Syndicate

Following Pompeo speech, Iran has much to gain from normalizing ties with America

Behnam Ben Taleblu

In his first major policy address since taking over as U.S. secretary of state, Mike Pompeo issued a stern warning to Iran that it is about to face “the strongest sanctions in history.” more...

23rd May 2018 – i24 News

Clearcut

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD's Behnam Ben Taleblu joins i24 News to discuss reports of Iran secretly developing long range ballistic missiles. more...