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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

1st October 2014 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

US Talk of Thawing Iran Relations Highlights Rift with Israel

Mark Dubowitz

Obama administration officials and Iran skeptics, chief among them Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, are presenting starkly different outlooks of what the world would look like should negotiators meet a Nov. 24 deadline and strike a nuclear deal. more...

28th September 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran Makes the Rules

Mark Dubowitz

President Obama sucked up most of the media oxygen at the United Nations last week with his call for collective action against the Islamic State and other jihadists. But if anyone made real news from the General Assembly's green-marble podium, it was Iranian President Hasan Rouhani. The fabled Iranian moderate's unsubtle message: You'll play by our rules now. more...

26th September 2014 – Quoted by Oren Dorell - USA Today

Iran’s Rouhani Calls for Renewed U.S. - Iranian Trust

Mark Dubowitz

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called Friday for renewed trust between his country and the United States and said, "It's not set in stone" that relations between the two countries will always be bad. more...

24th September 2014 – Cited by Tim Starks - Roll Call

‘Bizarro World’ Indeed: Wall Street Journal Backs Obama on Syria, New York Times Doesn’t

Mark Dubowitz

Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies isn’t wrong: He did wake up in Bizarro World. That said, the split between the editorial pages of the reliably liberal New York Times and reliably conservative Wall Street Journal over President Obama’s bombing campaign in Syria isn’t so much a simple “yes/no.” more...