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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.

Iran’s First Major Post-Deal Oil Contract Is Risky Business

18th November 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s First Major Post-Deal Oil Contract Is Risky Business

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran last week struck its first major oil agreement with international firms following the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions pursuant to last summer’s nuclear deal. more...

Analysis & Commentary

27th November 2016 – Quoted by Khalaf Ahmad Al Habtoor - Arab Times

Armies should be tools of defence, not oppression

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Armies fall into two loose categories. There are those whose prime objective is to defend their soil and people from foreign aggression and others that prioritize defence of the leadership and state institutions against civil uprisings. Some will willingly use lethal force against demonstrators whereas, in other cases, armies line up with the people against the government. more...

23rd November 2016 –

German firm probing hiring of PM’s lawyer in sub deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

German engineering giant ThyssenKrupp announced an internal investigation Tuesday into allegations that the company’s Israel representative, Miki Ganor, improperly subcontracted work related to Israel’s purchase of the company’s submarines to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s lawyer David Shimron. more...

18th November 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s First Major Post-Deal Oil Contract Is Risky Business

Amir Toumaj, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran last week struck its first major oil agreement with international firms following the lifting of nuclear-related sanctions pursuant to last summer’s nuclear deal. more...

15th November 2016 – Quoted by Adam Kredo - The Washington Free Beacon

U.S. Officials ‘Concerned’ as Iran, Russia Plan $10 Billion Arms Deal

Saeed Ghasseminejad

U.S. officials are expressing concern about a budding arms pact between Iran and Russia estimated to be worth more than $10 billion, according to State Department officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon and expressed alarm over the “increased Iranian military capability.” more...