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Richard Goldberg

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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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On Iran, Trump Should Be Like Reagan

9th January 2018 – Politico

On Iran, Trump Should Be Like Reagan

Richard Goldberg

In just three days, President Donald Trump must once again decide what to do about the much-debated Iran nuclear deal. more...

Analysis & Commentary

18th January 2018 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

State Department Hiding ‘Game Changer’ Report on Myth of Palestinian Refugees

Richard Goldberg

The State Department is hiding a classified report on Palestinian refugees that insiders say could be a game changer in how the United States approaches the situation and allocates millions in taxpayer funds to a key United Nations agency, according to multiple sources briefed on the situation. more...

18th January 2018 – Townhall

What’s The State Department Hiding In Their Classified Report On Palestinian Refugees

Richard Goldberg

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) was established in 1949 to provide assistance to Palestinians displaced during the 1948 and 1967 Arab-Israeli wars. Its mandate is to provide assistance to over 5 million refugees. more...

18th January 2018 – Newsmax

Report: House Conservatives to Intro Bill That Toughens Iran Deal Read Full Article Here House Cons

Richard Goldberg

House conservatives and staunch Iran hawks are expected to introduce a bill Thursday that would put ironclad restrictions on the country's nuclear or ballistic missile programs, Axios reports. more...

18th January 2018 – Axios

Exclusive: the House Republican plan to toughen the Iran deal

Richard Goldberg

I've got my hands on a copy of the bill that House Republicans will drop Thursday to amend the Iran deal. Conservative Iran hawks tell me they are going to rally around this bill — spearheaded by Reps. Peter Roskam, Liz Cheney and others — because they don't like what they're hearing about the Senate version being drafted by Republican Bob Corker and Democrat Ben Cardin. more...