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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 Gives Green Light to Direct $1.7 Billion from U.S. to Military

1st September 2016 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran Gives Green Light to Direct $1.7 Billion from U.S. to Military

Saeed Ghasseminejad

A debate has raged in recent weeks over whether the Obama administration’s $400-million payment to Iran in January – part of a $1.7-billion settlement over a decades-old arms deal – constituted “ransom” for five U.S. hostages. more...

Analysis & Commentary

17th September 2016 – Quoted by Andrew McCarthy - National Review

Obama’s Cash-for-Jihad Program

Saeed Ghasseminejad

Let’s give Iran, a certified state sponsor of terrorism, billions in cash. What could go wrong? more...

16th September 2016 – Quoted by Patrick Goodenough - CNSNews.com

Analyst: Iran Could Spend More Than $1 Billion of $1.7 Billion Windfall on Terror

Saeed Ghasseminejad

The Iranian regime could direct more than $1 billion of the $1.7 billion it received from the Obama administration early this year towards sponsoring terrorism, a defense policy analyst said Thursday. more...

14th September 2016 – Quoted by Frank Camp - Independent Journal Review

Iran Reportedly Diverted $1.7 Billion from Nuclear Deal to Support Military, Terrorist Groups

Saeed Ghasseminejad

During a Congressional hearing Thursday, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) asked the State Department's Christopher Backemeyer about the $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran, which was part of the nuclear deal struck with the Islamic nation in 2015. more...

9th September 2016 – Quoted by John Hayward - Breitbart

Congressional Democrats Say They Weren’t Told About Obama’s Cash Payments to Iran

Mark Dubowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

A horrified nation learned this week that President Obama handed over $1.7 billion in cash to the terror masters of Iran as part of his nuclear deal, using pallets stacked with currency to circumvent Congressional authority and gifting Iran with a huge amount of untraceable money to sponsor bloodshed across the Middle East. more...