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Dr. Michael Ledeen

Freedom Scholar

Areas of Impact:

Iran - Human Rights, Iraq, Iran

Biography:

Dr. Michael Ledeen is Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is an internationally renowned scholar on Iran, Iraq, terrorism, and international security.

Dr. Ledeen has served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department, and as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of State.

Dr. Ledeen holds a PhD 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.

He is the author of more than 35 books, including Field of Fight: How to Win the War Against Radical Islam and its Allies, co-authored with General Michael T. Flynn (St. Martin's Press, 2016). His previous books include Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West; The War Against the Terror MastersThe Iranian Time Bomb; Tocqueville on American Character; and Freedom Betrayed: How America Led a Global Democratic Revolution, Won the Cold War, and Walked Away.

Dr. Ledeen regularly appears on cable news and talk radio programs, blogs at Forbes, The Hill, and PJ Media, and contributes periodically to The Wall Street Journal.

Dr. Michael Ledeen is Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is an internationally renowned scholar on Iran, Iraq, terrorism, and international security.

Dr. Ledeen has served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department, and as a Special Advisor to the Secretary of State.

Dr. Ledeen holds a PhD 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.

He is the author of more than 35 books, including Field of Fight: How to Win the War Against Radical Islam and its Allies, co-authored with General Michael T. Flynn (St. Martin's Press, 2016). His previous books include Accomplice to Evil: Iran and the War Against the West; The War Against the Terror MastersThe Iranian Time Bomb; Tocqueville on American Character; and Freedom Betrayed: How America Led a Global Democratic Revolution, Won the Cold War, and Walked Away.

Dr. Ledeen regularly appears on cable news and talk radio programs, blogs at Forbes, The Hill, and PJ Media, and contributes periodically to The Wall Street Journal.

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Regaining The U.S. Rightful Role As Premier Revolutionary Nation

4th January 2017 – Forbes

Regaining The U.S. Rightful Role As Premier Revolutionary Nation

Michael Ledeen

The global revolution started with our victory in the Cold War, as the Soviet Union passed away with surprisingly little violence. We opted to avoid triumphalism and in fact called upon some Soviet satellites to remain in the Moscow orbit (remember the “chicken Kiev” speech urging Ukraine not to declare independence?). more...

Analysis & Commentary

15th January 2017 – Forbes

We Need Serious Libel Laws

Michael Ledeen

In the tumult over the publication of the “Russian” dossier on Donald Trump, I didn’t see the word “libel.” Most of the ink was devoted to asking whether BuzzFeed should have published the ugly thing, thereby finessing a very important matter: how does someone who is slimed in the media defend himself? more...

15th January 2017 – Quoted by Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

Key nominees diminish Trump’s high hopes for Russia ties

Michael Ledeen

National Security Adviser-designate Michael T. Flynn has offered notably different views on Russia and its president, Vladimir Putin, as the retired three-star Army general prepares to become Donald Trump’s closest White House adviser on Friday. more...

9th January 2017 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD's Freedom Scholar Dr. Michael Ledeen discusses the warning shots from USS Mahan directed at Iran. more...

7th January 2017 – PJ Media

Trump’s Great Iranian Opportunity

Michael Ledeen

The great Ayatollah Hossein Boroujerdi is briefly out of prison, where he had been held in miserable conditions for a decade. He is one of those dissidents who are so beloved by the Iranian people that the murderous regime of Ali Khamenei does not dare to put them to death, or even on trial. They torture them instead, hoping that they will die of “natural causes.” more...