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Dr. Michael Ledeen

Freedom Scholar

Areas of Impact:

Iran - Human Rights, Iraq, Iran

Biography:

Dr. Michael Ledeen is an internationally renowned scholar, whose ideas and insights on the workings of the Iranian government have been a critical part of the policy discussion for decades. He is a highly regarded expert on Iran’s Green Movement and maintains close ties to opposition groups inside Iran. His scholarship on Iraq, terrorism and international security have been sought after by those in and out of government and the intelligence community, the media and policy influencers.

Dr. Michael Ledeen is an internationally renowned scholar, whose ideas and insights on the workings of the Iranian government have been a critical part of the policy discussion for decades. He is a highly regarded expert on Iran’s Green Movement and maintains close ties to opposition groups inside Iran. His scholarship on Iraq, terrorism and international security have been sought after by those in and out of government and the intelligence community, the media and policy influencers.

He is a contributor to The Hill and a contributing editor at National Review Online. Previously, Dr. Ledeen served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department.  He has also served as a special adviser to the Secretary of State. He holds a Ph.D. in modern European history and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rome.

Dr. Ledeen is the author of more than 20 books, the most recent of which include: Virgil’s Golden Egg and Other Neapolitan Miracles; An Inquiry into the Nature of CreativityAccomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West; The War Against the Terror MastersThe Iranian Time Bomb; Machiavelli on Modern Leadership: Why Machiavelli's Iron Rules Are As Timely and Important Today As Five Centuries Ago; Tocqueville on American Character: Why Tocqueville's Brilliant Exploration of the American Spirit Is As Vital and Important Today As It Was Nearly Two Hundred Years Ago; and, Freedom Betrayed: How America Led a Global Democratic Revolution, Won the Cold War, and Walked Away.

Dr. Ledeen regularly appears on cable news talk shows as well as a variety of talk radio programs as an expert contributor. He has a significant following on his blog, "Faster Please!," hosted by PJMedia, which supports Iran’s democracy movement. 

In addition, Dr. Ledeen also blogs at The Huffington Post.

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Out with the Old

21st April 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Out with the Old

Michael Ledeen

Italy has long been Europe’s political laboratory, having invented fascism, incubated eurocommunism, launched the postwar economic miracle, and brought... more...

Analysis & Commentary

13th August 2014 – The Hill

‘If Only Stalin Knew’

Michael Ledeen

When Comrade Stalin ruled in the Kremlin, his many apologists and admirers could never bring themselves to admit that he was responsible for the many terrible acts of the Soviet Union. more...

7th August 2014 – PJ Media

Who Are These ISIS Guys and Why is Obama Willing to Bomb Them?

Michael Ledeen

It may well be that ISIS is one of at least two too-clever-by-half operations masterminded by our enemies. more...

6th August 2014 – PJ Media

Iran’s War, and Ours, From Gaza to Caracas

Michael Ledeen

“The whole world knows that the main source of the weapons serving the resistance is Iran.” more...

30th July 2014 – 93.1 FM WIBC, Indianapolis, IN

Garrison Radio

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Freedom Scholar, Michael Ledeen, on why it is actually normal for the world to be in a state of war. more...