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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. 

Money Laundering For The Mullahs

6th May 2016 – The Huffington Post

Money Laundering For The Mullahs

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler

The Islamic Republic of Iran has mounted a full court press to persuade the global financial community to overlook its long rap sheet of financial crimes. In recent weeks, two of the Islamic Republic's most savvy diplomats were on the offensive to persuade the Obama administration to green light Iran's access to U.S. dollar transactions. more...

Analysis & Commentary

26th May 2016 – Quoted by Michael Wilner - The Jerusalem Post

Iran has limited, indirect access to US dollars, Treasury official says

Mark Dubowitz

The United States has no jurisdiction over foreign banks engaging with Iran in US dollars, but will continue to bar the country from directly accessing the American financial system, a senior Treasury Department official said on Wednesday. more...

26th May 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts at Senate Hearing: White House Must Increase Pressure on Iran to Stop its Malign Behavior

Mark Dubowitz

Sanctions and national security experts urged the United States to reject Iran’s demands for further economic concessions and ramp up pressure on Tehran in response to its regional aggression during a Senate Banking Committee hearing on Tuesday. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Do the opposite of what the Obama administration wants on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Obama administration has been wrong again and again on Iran. It has overestimated Iran’s desire to be a normal country in the “international community” and underestimated its determination to continue on its course of domestic repression, regional aggression and defiance of international obligations. Unfortunately, it keeps doubling down. more...

25th May 2016 – Quoted by Pamela Dockins - Voice of America

US Lawmakers Ask: Is White House Catering to Iran?

Mark Dubowitz

Nearly a year after world powers announced the historic Iran nuclear deal, and four months after the agreement was implemented, U.S. lawmakers remain deeply skeptical of the deal and its broader implications. more...