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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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Use Iran Sanctions to Stop Assad

18th April 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Use Iran Sanctions to Stop Assad

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Since the weekend military strike against chemical-weapons sites in Syria, the debate in Washington has centered on whether the strike went far enough. But policy makers should consider another question of equal importance: Is the U.S. prepared to cut off the financial lifelines that keep Bashar Assad in power? more...

Analysis & Commentary

18th April 2018 – The Wall Street Journal

Use Iran Sanctions to Stop Assad

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Since the weekend military strike against chemical-weapons sites in Syria, the debate in Washington has centered on whether the strike went far enough. But policy makers should consider another question of equal importance: Is the U.S. prepared to cut off the financial lifelines that keep Bashar Assad in power? more...

17th April 2018 – Quoted by F. Mahmoudi - Al Arabiya

ANALYSIS: Will the Iranian regime reach its 40th birthday?

Richard Goldberg

Around the beginning of the Iranian new year, changes in the White House political pyramid started creating severe concerns within the regime ruling Iran. more...

13th April 2018 – Quoted by Matthew Castillo - Nottingham Observer

Trump hosting emir of Qatar despite saying nation funds terror

Richard Goldberg

Led by U.S. allies Saudi Arabia and the UAE, Qatar's regional rivals launched a diplomatic and trade blockade against Doha a year ago, and Trump initially appeared to take Riyadh's side. more...

12th April 2018 – i24 News

The Rundown

Richard Goldberg

FDD's Richard Goldberg joins i24 News to discuss the situation in Syria and potential military conflict. more...