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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 - Energy

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, nonproliferation, and countering electronic repression.

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

Mark is the author or co-author of fourteen studies on economic sanctions against Iran.  He also is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy, a nonpartisan project co-chaired by five nonproliferation and sanctions experts, which produced a 2013 report on U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East.  

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 TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, BloombergThe Los Angeles TimesForeign PolicyThe National Interest, The AtlanticForbes, Slate, The Weekly Standard, The Globe & Mail, and The National Post, and appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, PBS, CSPAN, 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, nonproliferation, and countering electronic repression.

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

Mark is head of FDD's Iran Energy Project, which provides research and analysis on Iran energy, financial and shipping sanctions, and tracks the role of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran's economy. He directs FDD's Iran Human Rights Project which provides research on Iranian human rights sanctions.  He also co-leads FDD's work on Syria sanctions against the regime of Bashar al-Assad and is a founding member of the FDD Syria Working Group.  

Mark is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy, a nonpartisan project co-chaired by five nonproliferation and sanctions experts, which produced a 2013 report on U.S. Nonproliferation Strategy for the Changing Middle East.  

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.

He is the co-author of five confidential reports on economic sanctions against Iran provided by FDD to the U.S. government, and five public reports: Smart Relief After An Iran Deal (FDD Press, June 2014), When Will Iran Run Out of Money? (FDD and Roubini Global Economics, October 2013) Iran's Golden Loophole (FDD and Roubini Global Economics, May 2013), Iran's Energy Partners: Companies Requiring Investigation Under U.S. Sanctions Law (FDD Press, August 2010) and Iran's Chinese Energy Partners: Companies Eligible for Investigation Under U.S. Sanctions Law (FDD Press, September 2010).

Mark has written for The New York TimesThe Wall Street JournalThe Washington Post, BloombergThe Los Angeles TimesForeign Policy, The AtlanticForbes, 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.

As a former technology executive and venture capitalist, Mark also researches the role of technology in supporting anti-regime democracy movements in the Middle East.

Before joining FDD in 2003, Mark worked in venture capital, law, and as Director of International Business Development at Doubleclick (purchased by Google) and as Director of Corporate Development and General Manager, European & Asian Operations, at FloNetwork (purchased by Doubleclick). 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 Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

15th July 2014 – FDD Press Release

Iran Got More Than Expected Relief and Negotiating Leverage, Says New Economics Report

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their seventh joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy. more...

Analysis & Commentary

23rd September 2014 – Cited by the Tower

Expert: “Fundamental Agreement” Between Rouhani and Iranian Hardliners on Nuclear Objectives

Mark Dubowitz

In an interview on Friday with the Foreign Policy Association, Foundation for Defense of Democracies executive director Mark Dubowitz explained that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the hardliners of the regime have identical goals, with both seeking “the achievement of nuclear weapons capacity” for Iran. more...

23rd September 2014 – Cited by Gill Gillespie and Shabnam Assadollahi - Gatestone Institute

Iran - Still in the Axis of Evil

Mark Dubowitz

As Hassan Rouhani, the supposed "moderate" Iran President, is soon to visit New York to continue nuclear negotiations with the G5 + 1, it is important to remember that the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to be among the largest funders and promoters of terrorism worldwide, and remember as well the continuing human rights atrocities that the regime has committed against its people since it came into power in 1979. more...

22nd September 2014 – Quoted by Toby Tabachnick - The Jewish Chronicle

NGO Speakers Here Push for Iran Deal

Mark Dubowitz

Two advisory members of the Iran Project — an independent nongovernmental entity that calls for improving the relationship between the United States and Iran and reducing “misunderstandings” between the two countries — were in Pittsburgh last week to garner public support for continued negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program. more...

19th September 2014 – Interviewed by Reza Akhlagi - Foreign Policy Association

Candid Discussions: Mark Dubowitz on Iranian Nuclear Negotiations

Mark Dubowitz

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, nonproliferation, and countering electronic repression. more...