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Richard Goldberg

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Biography:

Richard Goldberg is a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  From 2004-2014, he worked on Capitol Hill, serving as deputy chief of staff and senior foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois.  From 2015-2017, he served as deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs and later chief of staff for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

As a staff associate for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, Mr. Goldberg spearheaded oversight initiatives related to U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority, UNRWA, Lebanon, Egypt and UN peacekeeping in southern Lebanon.  He was a founding staff director of the House U.S.-China Working Group and was among the first Americans ever to visit China’s human space launch center.  Mr. Goldberg was instrumental in the deployment of a U.S. missile defense radar to the Negev Desert – the first-ever full-time deployment of U.S. forces in Israel.

In the Senate, Rich emerged as a leading architect of the toughest sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran.  He was the lead Republican negotiator for three rounds of sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran, the SWIFT financial messaging service and entire sectors of the Iranian economy.  Rich also drafted and negotiated legislation promoting human rights and democracy in Iran, including sanctions targeting entities that provide the Iranian regime with the tools of repression.  His Iran sanctions work was featured in the book “The Iran Wars.”

As the governor’s chief of staff, Rich managed government in America’s fifth-largest state with oversight of all day-to-day operations, including homeland security, public safety and public health.  He also spearheaded the first-ever state legislation to divest public pension funds from companies engaged in boycotts of Israel, which sparked a nationwide initiative in state capitols around America.

Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Master's in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.  He is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve with prior service in Afghanistan.

Richard Goldberg is a senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  From 2004-2014, he worked on Capitol Hill, serving as deputy chief of staff and senior foreign policy adviser to former U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois.  From 2015-2017, he served as deputy chief of staff for legislative affairs and later chief of staff for Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner.

As a staff associate for the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State-Foreign Operations, Mr. Goldberg spearheaded oversight initiatives related to U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority, UNRWA, Lebanon, Egypt and UN peacekeeping in southern Lebanon.  He was a founding staff director of the House U.S.-China Working Group and was among the first Americans ever to visit China’s human space launch center.  Mr. Goldberg was instrumental in the deployment of a U.S. missile defense radar to the Negev Desert – the first-ever full-time deployment of U.S. forces in Israel.

In the Senate, Rich emerged as a leading architect of the toughest sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic of Iran.  He was the lead Republican negotiator for three rounds of sanctions targeting the Central Bank of Iran, the SWIFT financial messaging service and entire sectors of the Iranian economy.  Rich also drafted and negotiated legislation promoting human rights and democracy in Iran, including sanctions targeting entities that provide the Iranian regime with the tools of repression.  His Iran sanctions work was featured in the book “The Iran Wars.”

As the governor’s chief of staff, Rich managed government in America’s fifth-largest state with oversight of all day-to-day operations, including homeland security, public safety and public health.  He also spearheaded the first-ever state legislation to divest public pension funds from companies engaged in boycotts of Israel, which sparked a nationwide initiative in state capitols around America.

Rich holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Master's in Public Policy and Administration from Northwestern University.  He is an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve with prior service in Afghanistan.

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U.S. Should Re-impose Sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

11th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Should Re-impose Sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

President Trump this week must decide whether the State Department will continue waiving congressional sanctions against the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the primary propaganda organ of the clerical regime. more...

Analysis & Commentary

15th July 2018 – Quoted by Antje Schippmann - Bild

Mullah-Sender zeigt erzwungene Geständnisse

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

Junge Frauen mussten sich im iranischen Staatsfernsehen öffentlich dafür entschuldigen, Instagram-Videos aufgenommen zu haben, in denen sie tanzen. more...

11th July 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

U.S. Should Re-impose Sanctions on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Richard Goldberg

President Trump this week must decide whether the State Department will continue waiving congressional sanctions against the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), the primary propaganda organ of the clerical regime. more...

9th July 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Declassifying Report on Palestinian Refugees is Necessary for Peace

Jonathan Schanzer, Richard Goldberg

If declassified, a 2012 report on Palestinian refugees could force the Palestinian government to “govern, not merely stir up antagonism with Israel,” making peace in the Middle East more likely, two experts with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies wrote in an op-ed published Friday in The Wall Street Journal. more...

9th July 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Seeks to Thwart Iran Flying Millions in Cash Out of Germany

Richard Goldberg

Top Trump administration officials are working to stop Germany from allowing Iran to fly more than $350 million in cash out of the country and back to Tehran as part of a bid by the Iranian regime to restock its coffers ahead of a major financial crackdown by America, according to conversations with senior U.S. diplomats and officials on Capital Hill. more...