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Mark Dubowitz

Executive Director

Areas of Impact:

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

Biography:

Mark Dubowitz is the executive director 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. A former venture capitalist and technology executive, Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. He co-leads The Iran Task Force and is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy.

Widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping the Iran sanctions architecture of the past decade, Mark has advised U.S. administrations and lawmakers and testified more than twenty times before Congress and foreign legislative committees on Iran sanctions and nuclear issues. He is the author or co-author of over twenty studies on economic sanctions and Iran's nuclear program. Mark teaches courses on sanctions and international negotiations at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, where he is a senior fellow.

Mark has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, USA Today, 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.

Mark 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.

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

Mark Dubowitz is the executive director 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. A former venture capitalist and technology executive, Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. He co-leads The Iran Task Force and is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy.

Widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping the Iran sanctions architecture of the past decade, Mark has advised U.S. administrations and lawmakers and testified more than twenty times before Congress and foreign legislative committees on Iran sanctions and nuclear issues. He is the author or co-author of over twenty studies on economic sanctions and Iran's nuclear program. Mark teaches courses on sanctions and international negotiations at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, where he is a senior fellow.

Mark has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, USA Today, 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.

Mark 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.

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

The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaws After One Year: Emboldened Iran and Diminished American Deterrence

14th July 2016 – FDD Press

The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaws After One Year: Emboldened Iran and Diminished American Deterrence

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

As we mark the one-year anniversary of the announcement of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), it is worth recalling why this deal is fatally flawed. The JCPOA provides Iran with a patient pathway to nuclear weapons capability by placing limited, temporary, and reversible constraints on Iran’s nuclear activities. more...

Analysis & Commentary

20th August 2016 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

State Department comes under fire with new questions about Iran payment

Mark Dubowitz

Critics of the Obama administration’s dealings with Iran on Friday accused the White House and the State Department of lying about a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January in what officials now acknowledge was conditioned on freedom for American prisoners. more...

19th August 2016 – Quoted by Jonah Bennett - The Daily Caller

State Dept Calls $400 Million Payment To Iran ‘Leverage’

Mark Dubowitz

The Department of State admitted Thursday it held onto $400 million in cash destined for Iran as “leverage” until Iran released American prisoners. more...

19th August 2016 – Quoted by Matt Purple - Rare

So the Obama administration lied about that $400 million payment to Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department conceded for the first time on Thursday that it delayed making a $400 million payment to Iran for several hours in January “to retain maximum leverage” and ensure that three American prisoners were released the same day. more...

18th August 2016 – Quoted by Carol Morello - The Washington Post

Money paid to Iran was ‘leverage’ not ransom, State Department says

Mark Dubowitz

The State Department acknowledged Thursday that it delayed releasing a $400 million cash payment to Iran in January until it was assured that a plane carrying three released American prisoners had left Tehran. more...