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Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Areas of Impact:

Latin America, Canadian Policy, Syria, Iran - Human Rights, Terrorist Media, Israel, Hezbollah, Palestinian Politics, Iran, Iran - Sanctions

Biography:

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

Mark is an expert on sanctions and has testified before Congress and advised the U.S. administration, Congress, and numerous foreign governments on Iran and sanctions issues.

Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the co-author of fifteen studies on economic sanctions against Iran. He also is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy.

Mark is a lecturer and senior research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where he teaches and conducts research on international negotiations, sanctions, and Iran's nuclear program.

Mark has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Forbes, Slate, The Weekly Standard, The Globe & Mail, and The National Post, and appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, PBS, BBC and CBC.

Before joining FDD in 2003, Mark worked in venture capital, technology management and law. He has a masters in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and law and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

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

Mark is an expert on sanctions and has testified before Congress and advised the U.S. administration, Congress, and numerous foreign governments on Iran and sanctions issues.

Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the co-author of fifteen studies on economic sanctions against Iran. He also is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy.

Mark is a lecturer and senior research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where he teaches and conducts research on international negotiations, sanctions, and Iran's nuclear program.

Mark has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, Forbes, Slate, The Weekly Standard, The Globe & Mail, and The National Post, and appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, PBS, BBC and CBC.

Before joining FDD in 2003, Mark worked in venture capital, technology management and law. He has a masters in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and law and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

20th November 2014 – FDD Press Release

FDD Executive Director Calls on Congress to ‘Defend the Sanctions Architecture’ As Deadline Nears

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, called on Congress Thursday to “defend the sanctions architecture it was so instrumental in creating” to enforce a nuclear deal that may be announced between the United States and its allies and Iran in the coming days. more...

Analysis & Commentary

20th November 2014 – Cited by The Economist

The Pros and Cons of a SWIFT Response

Mark Dubowitz

IN 1973 global finance saw a back-room revolution when a group of banks formed a co-operative to offer those moving money across borders a slick alternative to the clunky old telex. more...

20th November 2014 – FDD Press Release

FDD Executive Director Calls on Congress to ‘Defend the Sanctions Architecture’ As Deadline Nears

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz, executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, called on Congress Thursday to “defend the sanctions architecture it was so instrumental in creating” to enforce a nuclear deal that may be announced between the United States and its allies and Iran in the coming days. more...

20th November 2014 – Quoted by Daniel Wiser - The Washington Free Beacon

Hayden: U.S. Intelligence Likely Could Not Detect Iranian Bomb

Mark Dubowitz

Former top George W. Bush administration official Gen. Michael Hayden said on Thursday that unless Iran provides the West with extensive access to its suspected nuclear facilities—a concession the Islamic regime has strenuously refused—U.S. intelligence agencies will be unable to detect its development of a bomb. more...

19th November 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

5 Reasons Why Iran Wants a Nuclear Deal, and May Fail

Mark Dubowitz

As Monday's deadline for a deal on Iran's nuclear program nears, here are five reasons Iran wants an agreement — and five barriers to an accord: more...