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Biography:

Mark Dubowitz is the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions and nonproliferation.

He is an expert on Iran’s nuclear program and global threat network, and is widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping sanctions policies to counter the threats from the Islamic Republic.

According to The New York Times, "Mark Dubowitz's campaign to draw attention to what he saw as the flaws in the Iran nuclear deal has taken its place among the most consequential ever undertaken by a Washington think tank leader."

Mark was featured as one of the key “financial warriors” in the book “The Iran Wars.” Politico magazine featured Mark as one of Washington’s leading policy experts challenging Iran’s illicit behavior, observing that he is “...constantly thinking up—and promoting—new ways to squeeze the regime...” OZY Media labeled Mark and FDD the "politicians' brain trust on Iran sanctions ... carv[ing] a niche in the charged debate on Iran with intensive research and sheer intellectual firepower." 

Mark has advised the Trump, Obama and Bush administrations and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Iran issues and testified more than twenty times before the U.S. Congress and foreign legislatures.

A former venture capitalist and technology executive, Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the author or co-author of over twenty studies on economic sanctions and Iran's nuclear program. He is widely published and cited in U.S. and international media.

Mark has a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and law and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

Raised in Toronto, he is a proud American citizen, and has lived in Washington, D.C. since 2003.

Mark Dubowitz is the chief executive of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions and nonproliferation.

He is an expert on Iran’s nuclear program and global threat network, and is widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping sanctions policies to counter the threats from the Islamic Republic.

According to The New York Times, "Mark Dubowitz's campaign to draw attention to what he saw as the flaws in the Iran nuclear deal has taken its place among the most consequential ever undertaken by a Washington think tank leader." 

Mark was featured as one of the key “financial warriors” in the book “The Iran Wars.” Politico magazine featured Mark as one of Washington’s leading policy experts challenging Iran’s illicit behavior, observing that he is “...constantly thinking up—and promoting—new ways to squeeze the regime...” 

Mark has advised the Obama and Bush administrations and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and testified more than twenty times before the U.S. Congress and foreign legislatures.

A former venture capitalist and technology executive, Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the author or co-author of over twenty studies on economic sanctions and Iran's nuclear program. He is widely published and cited in U.S. and international media.

Mark has a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and law and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

Raised in Toronto, he is a proud American citizen, and has lived in Washington, D.C. since 2003.

To Help Iran, Angela Merkel Tries to Pull a Fast One With Swift

20th June 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

To Help Iran, Angela Merkel Tries to Pull a Fast One With Swift

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

As the U.S. moves to reimpose sanctions on Iran, German Chancellor Angela Merkel is working behind the scenes to undermine the effort. How President Trump responds could determine whether his strategy to put maximum pressure on the Islamic Republic will succeed or fail. more...

Analysis & Commentary

17th July 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Former U.S. Ambassador: In Wake of Trump-Putin Summit, Israel Must Protect Its Own Interests

Mark Dubowitz

Despite commitments from both United States President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin to look after Israeli security interests in Syria, Israel will have to “ensure its interests are protected,” Daniel Shapiro, the former U.S. Ambassador to Israel, wrote in an op-ed published Tuesday in Haaretz. more...

17th July 2018 – Quoted by Rosie Gray - The Atlantic

Trump’s Performance With Putin Creates a Career Dilemma for His Aides

Mark Dubowitz

President Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday has set off a bigger-than-usual backlash, provoking criticism from both the right and the left. more...

16th July 2018 – Quoted by Michael Graham - CBS

Commentary: Conservatives turn on Trump after Putin presser

Mark Dubowitz

How bad was the reaction from the Right to the POTUS-Putin presser? My tweet traffic from TrumpWorld fell so low I thought they'd all been dumped Twitter's recent purge. Instead of the usual celebrations and snark that accompany Trump's TV appearance, it was social-media silence from the #MAGA gang. more...

16th July 2018 – Quoted by Yaroslav Trofimov - The Wall Street Journal

Trump, Putin Agree to Try to Solve Syria Crisis, Preserve Israel’s Security

Mark Dubowitz

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed to work together on solving the Syrian crisis—with both focusing on the need to guarantee Israel’s security. more...