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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), 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.

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.

Trump’s Iran sanctions signal return to coercion

4th February 2017 – The Hill

Trump’s Iran sanctions signal return to coercion

Mark Dubowitz, Behnam Ben Taleblu

On Friday the Treasury Department added 13 persons and 12 entities to their Specially Designated Nationals list for supporting “Iranian destabilizing activity.” According to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, the sanctions communicate the end of “turning a blind eye to Iran’s hostile and belligerent actions toward the United States and the world community.” more...

Analysis & Commentary

16th February 2017 – i24 News

Strictly Security

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the Iranian nuclear deal and possible policy options for the US going forward. more...

16th February 2017 – Quoted by Barney Breen-Portnoy - Algemeiner

Trump’s Promise to Israel on Iran Could Indicate Shift in US Policy

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The Trump administration’s promise to Israel this week that Iran will not be allowed to get “nuclear weapons capability” could indicate a US policy shift vis-à-vis the Islamic Republic, two Middle East experts assessed on Thursday. more...

9th February 2017 – FDD Research Memo

Iranian Ballistic Missile Tests Since the Nuclear Deal

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Since the July 2015 announcement of the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran has tested as many as 14 ballistic missiles. This number is based on aggregated open-source reporting,1 as no official government or United Nations numbers have been made available to the public. more...

9th February 2017 – Quoted by Chris Mitchell - CBN News

A New Dawn on the World Stage: How Trump Will Deal with Iran

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Just days after Donald Trump's inauguration, Iran launched a ballistic missile test, violating a U.N. resolution. A quick White House response showed Iran and the world it's not business as usual in Washington. more...