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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 - Sanctions

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, and nonproliferation.

Mark is an expert on sanctions and has testified before Congress and advised the U.S. administration, Congress, and numerous foreign governments on Iran and sanctions issues.

Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the co-author of fifteen studies on economic sanctions against Iran. He also is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy.

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 Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, 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.

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, and nonproliferation.

Mark is an expert on sanctions and has testified before Congress and advised the U.S. administration, Congress, and numerous foreign governments on Iran and sanctions issues.

Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the co-author of fifteen studies on economic sanctions against Iran. He also is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy.

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 Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, 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.

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.

The Fragility of the Global Financial Order

3rd March 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

The Fragility of the Global Financial Order

Mark Dubowitz, Jonathan Schanzer

The U.S. Treasury has, over the past decade, been at the forefront of waging economic warfare against rogue actors. President Barack Obama has used sanctions to combat Iran’s nuclear program, punish Russian aggression against Ukraine, squeeze the Assad regime in Syria and prevent the flow of funds to terror groups such as the Islamic State and al Qaeda. more...

Analysis & Commentary

27th March 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

WSJ Live

Mark Dubowitz

FDD Executive Director Mark Dubowitz on U.S. concessions to Iran. more...

27th March 2015 – Quoted by Colin Freeman, David Blair and Peter Foster - The Telegraph

Iran can accept nuclear limits for 10 years says ally of Supreme Leader

Mark Dubowitz

The chances of America and Iran reaching a landmark nuclear deal have risen after a senior aide to the country’s Supreme Leader said that Tehran could accept a limit on its capacity to enrich uranium for 10 years. more...

26th March 2015 – Quoted by Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

Yemen crisis threatens Obama Iran nuclear talks, further clouds Middle East policy

Mark Dubowitz

The confusion and cross-purposes that have plagued President Obama’s troubled Middle East policy are only getting worse as the U.S. on Thursday voiced its support for a new Egypt-Saudi military campaign to roll back the Iran-allied rebels in Yemen. more...

24th March 2015 – Quoted by Rachel Oswald - CQ Roll Call

Terrorism Provision in Iran Bill Draws Fire

Mark Dubowitz

A provision in the Senate bill to give Congress a say in any Iran deal is drawing fire from the left for appearing to conflate the country’s nuclear work with its support for terrorism. more...