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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 Doubles Down on its Military Budget

3rd June 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Doubles Down on its Military Budget

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran’s Guardian Council on May 18 confirmed the 2016-2017 military budget, which had been passed last month by parliament. The budget allows $19 billion to go to the military establishment – the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), regular military, and Defense Ministry – a 90-percent increase in military spending compared to the previous year. more...

Analysis & Commentary

20th June 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

Experts Skeptical That Iran Stopped One Of The ‘Biggest Terrorist Plots’

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Dozens of major news outlets reported Monday that Iran claimed to have stopped a massive terrorist plot against its capital of Tehran and other cities, but some experts are skeptical. more...

10th June 2016 – Quoted by The Tower

Iran Uses U.S. Taxpayer Money to Increase Military Spending by 90%

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A $1.7 billion payment by the U.S. to Iran that coincided with the release of American hostages in January is helping Tehran boost its military budget by 90% in the next year, Eli Lake of Bloomberg View reported on Thursday. more...

9th June 2016 – Quoted by Eli Lake - Bloomberg

U.S. Taxpayers Are Funding Iran’s Military Expansion

Saeed Ghasseminejad

One of the unexpected results of President Barack Obama's new opening to Iran is that U.S. taxpayers are now funding both sides of the Middle East's arms race. more...

9th June 2016 – Quoted by Russ Read - The Daily Caller

US Tax Dollars Will Help Subsidize Iran’s Massive Military Build Up

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A $1.7 billion U.S. government payment to Iran will be included in the Islamic Republic’s 90 percent military spending increase for the country’s 2016-2017 budget. more...