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Saeed Ghasseminejad

Associate Fellow

Biography:

Saeed Ghasseminejad is an associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies specializing in Iran’s economy, politics, and the effects of terrorism and political unrest on financial markets.

Born and raised in Iran, Saeed is a co-founder of the Iranian Liberal Students and Graduates organization in Iran. He is currently a PhD candidate in finance at Baruch College in New York, where he teaches undergraduate finance. Saeed has a Bachelor’s in engineering from the University of Tehran and a Master’s in engineering from Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics in Paris.

Saeed’s work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Business Insider, The Weekly Standard, The National Interest, National Post (Canada), Hurriyet (Turkey), The Jerusalem Post, and The Times of Israel.  He has also been quoted and interviewed by The New York Times, France24, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, BBC Persian, Radio France Internationale, and Israel Radio.

Saeed Ghasseminejad is an associate fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies specializing in Iran’s economy, politics, and the effects of terrorism and political unrest on financial markets.

Born and raised in Iran, Saeed is a co-founder of the Iranian Liberal Students and Graduates organization in Iran. He is currently a PhD candidate in finance at Baruch College in New York, where he teaches undergraduate finance. Saeed has a Bachelor’s in engineering from the University of Tehran and a Master’s in engineering from Ecole Speciale des Travaux Publics in Paris.

Saeed’s work has been published in The Wall Street Journal, CNBC, Business Insider, The Weekly Standard, The National Interest, National Post (Canada), Hurriyet (Turkey), The Jerusalem Post, and The Times of Israel.  He has also been quoted and interviewed by The New York Times, France24, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, BBC Persian, Radio France Internationale, and Israel Radio.

Will Iran wordsmith its way off our terrorism list? It certainly is trying

25th July 2016 – The Hill

Will Iran wordsmith its way off our terrorism list? It certainly is trying

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran is on a diplomatic offensive to persuade global illicit finance regulators to accept that Hezbollah is not a terrorist group. It may be just a matter of time before the international body in charge of protecting the global financial system succumbs to pressure from businesses on a gold rush back into Iran. more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd August 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

WSJ: Khamenei, Revolutionary Guards Are Main Beneficiaries of Nuclear Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad, Emanuele Ottolenghi

A year after the nuclear deal with Iran was reached, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps have emerged as its biggest beneficiaries, Jay Solomon, the chief foreign correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, wrote in an essay on Saturday. more...

9th August 2016 – Quoted by Joel Gehrke - Washington Examiner

Senators: Iran war budget increased by ‘exactly the same amount’ as ransom payment

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iranian officials increased their defense budget but "exactly the same amount" as the recently-negotiated U.S. settlement payment, according to a trio of GOP senators who want President Obama's team to explain a shipment of cash to the country that was widely viewed as a ransom for several American hostages. more...

3rd August 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

US Sent $400 Million to Iran as Hostages Were Freed, Bolstering Fears That Money Was Ransom

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The United States sent a $400 million cash shipment to Iran at the same time that four Americans imprisoned in the Islamic Republic were released, The Wall Street Journal reported (Google link) Wednesday, raising concerns that the release of the funds constituted a form of ransom. more...

29th July 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Ranked World’s Top Money Laundering Risk, Despite Relaxing of Financial Sanctions

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad, Toby Dershowitz

Iran was ranked as the world’s top global money laundering threat by the Basel Institute on Governance this week, marking the third straight year that the Islamic Republic held the position. more...