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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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A Chance for Italy to Distinguish Itself

17th February 2015 – The Wall Street Journal

A Chance for Italy to Distinguish Itself

Michael Ledeen

A new president has just taken office in Italy, but since the country only makes news when something bad or sexy—or both—happens, most readers north and west of the Alps probably won’t have heard of the country’s new head of state. more...

Analysis & Commentary

16th April 2015 – Forbes

The Iran Deal: Forget About Stability, Our Strategy Should Be Survival

Michael Ledeen

As you’d expect, the critique of the U.S.-Iran “understanding” by former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger and George Shultz has a lot of wisdom, some of which is aimed at the content of an acceptable nuclear deal, its verification and enforcement, and some of which lays out the likely (very dangerous) consequences if the “understanding” were to be finalized more or less as is. more...

14th April 2015 – The Hill

Ready for the Truth About Iran? Khamenei Wants to Destroy Us

Michael Ledeen

Why are so many "experts" amazed that there is no deal with Iran? It's certainly not because Western negotiators weren't willing to meet the mullahs halfway; they were eager to compromise, even to drop longstanding demands, in an effort to reach agreement. more...

12th April 2015 – PJ Media

If the Iranians Are So Smart, How Come the Place Is a Wreck?

Michael Ledeen

I’m sick and tired of hearing about the Iranians’ brilliance, about what fabulous negotiators they are, about what great game players they are (some say, falsely I believe, that the Persians invented chess, even) and so on and so forth. Frankly, I think Supreme Leader Khamenei, President Rouhani, and the rest of the mob are dolts. more...

24th March 2015 – Syndicated

John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses antisemitism in Europe. more...