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Behnam Ben Taleblu

Senior Iran Analyst

Areas of Impact:

Iran

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.

Rafsanjani: A Revolutionary, Not a Reformer

9th January 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Rafsanjani: A Revolutionary, Not a Reformer

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of a heart attack Sunday at age 82. Often described as a “modern mullah” and “moderate voice,” Rafsanjani was more a shrewd survivor and political operative than champion of reform, let alone democracy. His career was ultimately one of unwavering service to the Islamic revolution and its most cynical goals. more...

Analysis & Commentary

11th January 2017 – 1320 WILS

The Capital City Recap with Michael Cohen

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD senior Iran analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the death of Rafsanjani, his legacy, and the future of Iran-US relations. more...

11th January 2017 – Quoted by Alex Lockie - Business Insider

How Iran made the US look weak with a tiny, outdated navy and some old ballistic missiles

Behnam Ben Taleblu

The news came out Monday that Iranian fast-attack craft had once again harassed US Navy ships in the Persian Gulf with unsafe and unprofessional behavior, forcing the USS Mahan to fire warning shots. more...

9th January 2017 – WINA 98.9FM

The Schilling Show

Behnam Ben Taleblu

FDD Senior Iran Analyst Behnam Ben Taleblu discusses the life and legacy of Rafsanjani. more...

9th January 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Rafsanjani: A Revolutionary, Not a Reformer

Behnam Ben Taleblu

Former Iranian President Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died of a heart attack Sunday at age 82. Often described as a “modern mullah” and “moderate voice,” Rafsanjani was more a shrewd survivor and political operative than champion of reform, let alone democracy. His career was ultimately one of unwavering service to the Islamic revolution and its most cynical goals. more...