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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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The Obama-Khamenei Alliance

20th October 2014 – The Hill

The Obama-Khamenei Alliance

Michael Ledeen

Never mind the negotiations with Iran over the Islamic Republic's nuclear weapons program. Far more urgent developments are afoot. more...

Analysis & Commentary

26th November 2014 – PJ Media

No Fun in the Caliphate. Just the End of the World

Michael Ledeen

It’s a tyrannical theocracy, crucifixions and decapitations are routine, women are shrouded and intimidated, the grim religious police are all over the place. It’s your Islamic State. more...

25th November 2014 – 77 WABC-AM - New York, New York

The John Batchelor Show

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen discusses the extension of the Iran nuclear negotiations. more...

24th November 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Khamenei Spits in Our Face Again—and We Pay for the Pleasure

Michael Ledeen

He did it again, as we should have expected. Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei walked us right up to the finish line, spat on us, and walked away more...

21st November 2014 – Podcast

Need To Know with Mona Charen and Jay Nordlinger

Michael Ledeen

FDD Freedom Scholar Michael Ledeen talks with Mona and Jay about the repressive regime in Iran. more...