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Dr. David Adesnik

Director of Research

Biography:

Dr. David Adesnik is the Director of Research at FDD, where he is responsible for the oversight of FDD publications and the supervision of FDD’s team of research analysts. His own research focuses on defense policy, strategy, and budget issues.  Previously, David served as policy director at the Foreign Policy Initiative and was a visiting fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. For two years, he served as deputy director for Joint Data Support at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he focused on the modeling and simulation of irregular warfare and counterinsurgency. David also spent several years as research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. In that capacity, he spent four months in Baghdad as an operations research and systems analyst for Multinational Corps – Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2008, he was part of the foreign policy and national security staff for John McCain’s presidential campaign.

Dr. David Adesnik is the Director of Research at FDD, where he is responsible for the oversight of FDD publications and the supervision of FDD’s team of research analysts. His own research focuses on defense policy, strategy, and budget issues.  Previously, David served as policy director at the Foreign Policy Initiative and was a visiting fellow at the Marilyn Ware Center for Security Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. For two years, he served as deputy director for Joint Data Support at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he focused on the modeling and simulation of irregular warfare and counterinsurgency. David also spent several years as research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. In that capacity, he spent four months in Baghdad as an operations research and systems analyst for Multinational Corps – Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  In 2008, he was part of the foreign policy and national security staff for John McCain’s presidential campaign.

David holds a doctorate and master’s degree in international relations from Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His dissertation focused on the Reagan administration’s approach to democracy promotion. David received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University, from which he graduated summa cum laude. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Harvard University, and the University of Virginia. His work has been published in Foreign Policy, The Weekly Standard, The National Review, The Washington Free Beacon, The Washington Quarterly, Forbes.com, and FoxNews.com. David has served as a commentator on several cable television networks and radio programs.

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Iranian Tankers Hide Locations Ahead of Impending Sanctions

27th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iranian Tankers Hide Locations Ahead of Impending Sanctions

David Adesnik

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires the continual operation of an Automatic Identification System (AIS) on all ships that undertake international voyages and have a volume greater than 300 gross tons. Both Iran and the U.S. are parties to SOLAS, along with 162 other states, yet Iranian oil tankers have begun to mask their location for several days at a time by turning off their AIS transponders. more...

Analysis & Commentary

27th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

Iranian Tankers Hide Locations Ahead of Impending Sanctions

David Adesnik

The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) requires the continual operation of an Automatic Identification System (AIS) on all ships that undertake international voyages and have a volume greater than 300 gross tons. Both Iran and the U.S. are parties to SOLAS, along with 162 other states, yet Iranian oil tankers have begun to mask their location for several days at a time by turning off their AIS transponders. more...

19th September 2018 – RealClearWorld

Europe’s Leading Companies Are Bowing to U.S. Sanctions

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Corporate Europe is bowing to the pressure of Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Iran. The continent’s leading multinational firms, such as Airbus, Maersk, Peugeot, Total, and Siemens, are leaving a market many of them entered with enthusiasm after the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. more...

13th September 2018 – Quoted by Radio Farda

Iran Poses As Much Threat To Europe As It Does To US, Says Think Tank

David Adesnik, Saeed Ghasseminejad

A new report released by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) suggests the U.S. should still work to bridge its differences with Europe, as the violent Islamism of Iran’s clerical regime poses as much of a threat to Europe as it does to the United States. more...

13th September 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Mattis Warns Assad to “Wise Up” While Key Officials Signal Syria Policy Shift

David Adesnik

Secretary of Defense James Mattis confirmed that the Assad regime is preparing to use chemical weapons as part of its impending offensive in Idlib province. Referring to Assad, Mattis told reporters, “He’s been warned,” and “we’ll see if he’s wised up” since previous rounds of U.S. airstrikes. The secretary’s comments follow similar remarks from the president, along with signals from key officials, that the U.S. will pursue a more assertive policy toward Syrian war crimes. more...