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Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

North Africa, Syria, Arab Spring, Egypt, Somalia, Pakistan, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, Iran - Human Rights, Hezbollah, Iraq, Al Qaeda, Intelligence Community, Afghanistan, Iran, Iran - Energy

Biography:

Reuel Marc Gerecht is a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  He focuses on Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorism, and intelligence.

Mr. Gerecht is the author of The Wave: Man, God, and the Ballot Box in the Middle East (Hoover Institution Press, 2011), Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey into Revolutionary Iran (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997) and The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy (AEI Press, 2004). He is a contributing editor for The Weekly Standard and has been a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, as well as a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other publications.

He was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the director of the Middle East Initiative at the Project for the New American Century. Earlier, he served as a Middle Eastern specialist at the CIA's Directorate of Operations.

Reuel Marc Gerecht is a senior fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.  He focuses on Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, terrorism, and intelligence.

Mr. Gerecht is the author of Know Thine Enemy: A Spy's Journey into Revolutionary Iran (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1997) and The Islamic Paradox: Shiite Clerics, Sunni Fundamentalists, and the Coming of Arab Democracy (AEI Press, 2004). He is a contributing editor for The Weekly Standard and has been a correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly, as well as a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and other publications.

He was previously a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and the director of the Middle East Initiative at the Project for the New American Century. Earlier, he served as a Middle Eastern specialist at the CIA's Directorate of Operations.

Scare Tehran, Please

11th April 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Scare Tehran, Please

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Is Barack Obama’s threat of preventive military action against the Iranian regime’s nuclear program credible? Would a one-year, six-month, or even three-month... more...

Analysis & Commentary

11th April 2014 – The Weekly Standard

Scare Tehran, Please

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Is Barack Obama’s threat of preventive military action against the Iranian regime’s nuclear program credible? Would a one-year, six-month, or even three-month... more...

12th March 2014 – Quoted by Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post

Rand Paul Seems Confused

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Unfortunately for Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), he chose to grab the spotlight on foreign policy amid several foreign policy crises that demonstrate the folly of his philosophy. more...

11th March 2014 – The New York Times

The World Senses Our Wariness of Power

Reuel Marc Gerecht

With this administration, it’s always tricky, if not impossible, to separate intention from naiveté, and idealism from “realism.” Barack Obama came into office mistrusting American hegemony... more...

7th March 2014 – The Weekly Standard

A Baleful Peace Process

Reuel Marc Gerecht

To be outrageously iconoclastic among the Washington foreign-policy crowd is easy: Just suggest that the Israeli-Arab peace process is not merely pointless but... more...