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Cyber and FinTech, Latin America, Canadian Policy, Syria, Iran - Human Rights, Terrorist Media, Hezbollah, Israel, Iran, Iran - Sanctions

Biography:

Mark Dubowitz is the CEO of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, countering threat finance, and nonproliferation.

He is an expert on Iran’s global network including the regime's nuclear, terrorist, missile and cyber threats to the United States and other allies, and is widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping sanctions policies to counter the threats from Iran and its surrogates.

According to The New York Times, "Mark Dubowitz's campaign to draw attention to what he saw as the flaws in the Iran nuclear deal has taken its place among the most consequential ever undertaken by a Washington think tank leader."

Mark was featured as one of the key “financial warriors” in the book “The Iran Wars.” Politico magazine featured Mark as one of Washington’s leading policy experts challenging Iran’s illicit behavior, observing that he is “...constantly thinking up—and promoting—new ways to squeeze the regime...” OZY Media labeled Mark and FDD the "politicians' brain trust on Iran sanctions ... carv[ing] a niche in the charged debate on Iran with intensive research and sheer intellectual firepower." 

Mark has advised the Trump, Obama and Bush administrations and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Iran issues and testified more than twenty times before the U.S. Congress and foreign legislatures.

A former venture capitalist and technology executive, Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the author or co-author of over twenty studies on economic sanctions and Iran's nuclear program. He is widely published and cited in U.S. and international media.

Mark has a master’s degree 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, he is a proud American citizen, and 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, countering threat finance, and nonproliferation.

He is an expert on Iran’s global network including the regime's nuclear, terrorist, missile and cyber threats to the United States and other allies, and is widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping sanctions policies to counter the threats from Iran and its surrogates.

According to The New York Times, "Mark Dubowitz's campaign to draw attention to what he saw as the flaws in the Iran nuclear deal has taken its place among the most consequential ever undertaken by a Washington think tank leader." 

Mark was featured as one of the key “financial warriors” in the book “The Iran Wars.” Politico magazine featured Mark as one of Washington’s leading policy experts challenging Iran’s illicit behavior, observing that he is “...constantly thinking up—and promoting—new ways to squeeze the regime...” 

Mark has advised the Obama and Bush administrations and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and testified more than twenty times before the U.S. Congress and foreign legislatures.

A former venture capitalist and technology executive, Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the author or co-author of over twenty studies on economic sanctions and Iran's nuclear program. He is widely published and cited in U.S. and international media.

Mark has a master’s degree 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, he is a proud American citizen, and has lived in Washington, D.C. since 2003.

21st May 2018 – Co-authored by Ray Takeyh - Foreign Policy

The United States Finally Has an Aggressive Plan to Defang Iran

Mark Dubowitz

Ever since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this month, the commentariat has been aghast at the lack of a new plan. Critics said that the administration was all instinct and no insight, and that coercion without purpose was its only strategy. more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Tom DiChristopher - CNBC

The State Dept issued 12 demands for Iran. They ratchet up oil market risk and trade tension

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced a list of a dozen demands that Iran must meet before the United States lifts punishing sanctions against the country. more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Howard LaFranchi - The Christian Science Monitor

Confronting Iran, US tests diplomatic strength without unity

Mark Dubowitz

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo may have hoped for a better British reaction to his speech outlining a new get-tough approach on Iran. more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Raymond Tanter - Newsmax

New Iran Strategy Acknowledges Possibility of Domestic Regime Change

Mark Dubowitz

On May 21, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech that outlined our new Iran strategy, in wake of withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal. more...

22nd May 2018 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNS News

Trump’s New Iran Strategy Seen As a Push for Regime Change

Mark Dubowitz

Some prominent supporters of the Iran nuclear deal say the Trump administration’s proposed campaign of “unprecedented financial pressure” designed to change Iran’s conduct is in fact aimed at bringing about regime change. more...