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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 Iran and 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 major 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 Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, 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, 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, and nonproliferation.

Mark is an expert on Iran and 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 major 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

31st October 2014 – FDD Press

Iranian Economy In Moderate Recovery Thanks To Sanctions Relief, New Report Finds

Mark Dubowitz

The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) and Roubini Global Economics (RGE) released their eighth joint report today on the effects of sanctions relief on the Iranian economy. The study found the country in the midst of a moderate economic recovery, after bottoming out in the 2013/14 fiscal year (ending March 20, 2014). The study used a detailed econometrics model developed by RGE, in partnership with FDD, to present new economic forecasts for Iran, which highlight the impact of both direct and indirect sanctions relief on the Iranian economy and implications for the nuclear negotiations which are set to resume this month in Vienna. more...

31st October 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin - The Washington Post

Kerry Sounds Sensible on Iran?!

Mark Dubowitz

In an interview on Thursday, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said, for the first time, something reassuring about the Iran “P5+1″ talks. more...

30th October 2014 – Quoted by Bill Gertz - The Washington Free Beacon

Treasury Efforts to Squeeze Islamic State Funding Will Be Difficult

Bill Roggio, Mark Dubowitz

The Treasury Department faces difficulties as it mounts a program to cut off funding to Islamic State (IS) terrorists that are currently raising “tens of millions” each month through oil sales, ransoming hostages, criminal activities, and donations from wealthy Islamist sympathizers. more...

29th October 2014 – Quoted by Ron Kampeas - The Times of Israel

An Iran Deal in Which Both Sides Can Claim Victory

Mark Dubowitz

Is the Obama administration preparing the ground for an Iran nuclear deal — one in which both sides can claim victory? more...