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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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Here’s How Trump Can Bring Iran Back to the Table

28th August 2018 – Foreign Policy

Here’s How Trump Can Bring Iran Back to the Table

Richard Goldberg, Jacob Nagel

Iran‚Äôs supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this month that he would never negotiate with U.S. President Donald Trump, perhaps because the Iranian regime believes it can outlast the ongoing American financial pressure campaign until the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Trump should respond by ratcheting up the pressure and reaffirming U.S. red lines for negotiations‚ÄĒwhich could push Khamenei to change his mind. more...

Analysis & Commentary

13th September 2018 – Quoted by Josh Rogin - The Washington Post

Inside Steven Mnuchin‚Äôs ‚Äėresistance‚Äô to Trump‚Äôs Iran strategy

Mark Dubowitz, Richard Goldberg

Stealing documents off President Trump‚Äôs desk isn‚Äôt the only way his top aides are trying to prevent him from taking action on foreign policy. Several administration officials claim that Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has found another way to ‚Äúresist‚ÄĚ the president‚Äôs maximum-pressure strategy on Iran: simply neglect to give the president a document he requested several weeks ago. more...

4th September 2018 – Quoted by Josh Lederman, Dan De Luce - NBC News

How Europe plans to skirt Trump’s sanctions and keep doing business with Iran

Richard Goldberg

America's allies in Europe are plotting ways to bypass President Donald Trump's sanctions on Iran as they work to keep the nuclear deal alive without the United States. more...

1st September 2018 – Quoted by KLFY

US ends funding of UN agency for Palestinian refugees

Richard Goldberg

The United States is ending its decades of funding for the U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees, the State Department announced Friday, a week after slashing bilateral U.S. aid for projects in the West Bank and Gaza. more...

28th August 2018 – Foreign Policy

Here’s How Trump Can Bring Iran Back to the Table

Richard Goldberg, Jacob Nagel

Iran‚Äôs supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said this month that he would never negotiate with U.S. President Donald Trump, perhaps because the Iranian regime believes it can outlast the ongoing American financial pressure campaign until the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Trump should respond by ratcheting up the pressure and reaffirming U.S. red lines for negotiations‚ÄĒwhich could push Khamenei to change his mind. more...