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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

26th November 2014 – Quoted by Mark Landler - The New York Times

For Former Embassy Hostages, a Special Interest in Iran Talks

Mark Dubowitz

When the United States agreed on Monday to extend the nuclear negotiations with Iran for another seven months, it was met with immediate protest from Republicans and some Democrats in Congress, as well as from hard-liners in Iran’s Parliament. more...

25th November 2014 – Fox News

Happening Now

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz discusses what the extension of the Iran nuclear negotiations means for the future of the talks. more...

25th November 2014 – Cited by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan - Bloomberg

Iran’s Lower Profit From Sanctions Relief Won’t Mollify Congress

Mark Dubowitz

With world powers unable so far to win Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program, members of both parties in the new Republican-led U.S. Congress will push in January for more economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic. more...

24th November 2014 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Reaction to Extension on Iran Talks Falls Along Partisan Lines

Mark Dubowitz

The news that negotiators had not reached an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program by the deadline Monday and were extending talks for an additional seven months drew a mixed reaction from lawmakers, with hard-liners urging quick imposition of tougher sanctions while others supported giving the process more time. more...