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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 - Sanctions

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.

Propitiating Iran

22nd January 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Propitiating Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

American presidents are always emotionally and politically drawn to the plight of American hostages overseas. In his sympathy and paternalism, Barack Obama seems just like Ronald Reagan, who traded Hawk missiles to Iran for the release of Americans held by the Lebanese Hezbollah, the clerical regime’s most successful and obedient kidnapping offspring. more...

Analysis & Commentary

3rd February 2016 – The Wall Street Journal

The Revolution Devours Its Own

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Laura Secor surprised me. I had expected to read yet another journalist’s account of an Iran where “reformists,” though bruised and battered, remain hopeful and allied to “moderate” president Hassan Rouhani. An Iran in which Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif actually means what he writes on the op-ed page of the New York Times and where Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, whom Messrs. Rouhani and Zarif have loyally served, values economics more than ideology. more...

24th January 2016 – Quoted by Julian Hattem - The Hill

Mystery swirls around American spy who went missing in Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

It’s been nine years since Robert Levinson went missing in Iran, and nobody seems to know where he is — or even if he’s still alive. more...

22nd January 2016 – The Weekly Standard

Propitiating Iran

Reuel Marc Gerecht

American presidents are always emotionally and politically drawn to the plight of American hostages overseas. In his sympathy and paternalism, Barack Obama seems just like Ronald Reagan, who traded Hawk missiles to Iran for the release of Americans held by the Lebanese Hezbollah, the clerical regime’s most successful and obedient kidnapping offspring. more...

18th January 2016 – PBS

Newshour

Reuel Marc Gerecht

FDD senior fellow Reuel Marc Gerecht comments on Implementation Day and impact on the wider Middle East. more...