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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 more than a dozen 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 more than a dozen 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.

Iran’s Negotiating Triumph Over Obama and America

3rd April 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Negotiating Triumph Over Obama and America

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Mark Dubowitz

President Obama believes that the nuclear “framework” concluded Friday in Switzerland is a historic achievement. Iran’s foreign minister, Javad Zarif, says he believes the same. Those two positions are incompatible. more...

Analysis & Commentary

1st July 2015 – Quoted by The Tower

Despite Deadline Extension, Iran and West Far Apart on Details of Nuke Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Although the West and Iran agreed to extend nuclear negotiations a week past the June 30 deadline, major differences still exist between the two sides, USA Today reported Tuesday. more...

1st July 2015 – Quoted by Michael Crowley - Politico

The Iran Watchers

Mark Dubowitz

Making a dramatic visit to Tehran days before the July 7 deadline for a nuclear deal, the head of an international atomic watchdog agency has emerged as a central figure in the effort to stop Iran from acquiring a nuclear bomb — even as Republicans and other skeptics worry that a nuclear deal will require a dangerous reliance on his agency. more...

30th June 2015 – Quoted by Brett Logiurato - Business Insider

The Iranian Nuclear Talks Just Went Into Overtime — and Here’s the Real Deadline for Obama

Mark Dubowitz

Negotiators in Geneva are set to blow past their latest deadline in the ongoing discussions surrounding Iran's nuclear program. more...

30th June 2015 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran Nuke Talks Deadline Extended to July 7

Mark Dubowitz

U.S. and Iranian negotiators in Vienna on Tuesday agreed to extend a deadline for an agreement on Iran's disputed nuclear program until July 7, as sticking points remained. more...