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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, 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 emanating from Iran and its surrogates.

Mark was featured as one of the key “financial warriors” against Iran by The Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon in his 2016 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 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. He 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 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 emanating from Iran and its surrogates.

Mark was featured as one of the key “financial warriors” against Iran by The Wall Street Journal's Jay Solomon in his 2016 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. He 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 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.

Obama Loosens Iran Sanctions on Dollars, IRGC

8th October 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Obama Loosens Iran Sanctions on Dollars, IRGC

Mark Dubowitz, Annie Fixler , Eric B. Lorber

The Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued an update ‪on Friday evening‬‬‬‬‪ ‬‬to‬‬ ‬‬its guidance about sanctions relief to Iran under the nuclear agreement. more...

Analysis & Commentary

5th December 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

Trump Assembling Team of Fierce Iran Deal Opponents

Mark Dubowitz

President-elect Donald Trump has been assembling a national security team stacked with fierce opponents of last year’s comprehensive nuclear deal with Iran, signaling what is expected to be a major departure from the Obama administration’s final bid to preserve the deal before leaving office, according to multiple sources familiar with Trump’s transition plans. more...

2nd December 2016 – Quoted by Nick Wadhams - Bloomberg

Shredding Iran nuclear deal could prove harder than Trump thinks

Mark Dubowitz

As a candidate, Donald Trump called the six-nation accord with Iran to halt its nuclear program “one of the dumbest deals ever” and said dismantling it would be a top priority. Now, he’s finding that ripping it up after he becomes president may not be so easy. more...

2nd December 2016 – Quoted by Dan De Luce - Foreign Policy

Congress Issues a Warning to Iran and a Rebuff to the Obama Administration

Mark Dubowitz

The Senate’s vote to renew sanctions against Iran for another 10 years has delivered a symbolic warning to Tehran and a bipartisan snub of the White House, which worries the move could raise tensions with Iran. more...

2nd December 2016 – Quoted by Geoff Dyer - Financial Times

Trump team looks at new non-nuclear sanctions on Iran

Mark Dubowitz

The Trump transition team is examining proposals for US sanctions on Iran separate from its nuclear programme in a move likely to draw a furious reaction from Tehran. more...