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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

6th June 2015 – PJ Media

Who is IS?

Michael Ledeen

Who are they anyway? IS, the Islamic State, that is. more...

26th May 2015 – PJ Media

US Hostage on Trial in Tehran

Michael Ledeen

To its credit, the Washington Post continues to denounce the Iranian regime’s detention of its Tehran correspondent, Jason Rezaian, and we now learn that the Rezaian family is taking legal action in Iranian courts to gain his freedom. That’s not likely to help Rezaian; after all, it’s the Iranian judiciary that has locked him in Tehran’s infamous Evin Prison and will today put him on trial in front of a judge best known for issuing death sentences. more...

20th May 2015 – Forbes

Ramadi Falls—And Iran Will Come To The Rescue?

Michael Ledeen

Experts most everywhere agree that the fall of Ramadi to Islamic State is a disaster. It solidifies IS control over a major east-west route from Ramadi (75-100 miles from Baghdad) to deep into Syria. American military and intelligence officials know all about this route, since anti-American jihadis used it against our military forces for years. more...

1st May 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Iran’s Greatest Vulnerability

Michael Ledeen

Iran is on the march all over the world, from Syria and Iraq to Venezuela and Cuba (where they have a Hezbollah base). Except when they unceremoniously retreat, as in recent days when their flotilla to Yemen turned around when they saw the U.S. Navy. more...