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Reuel Marc Gerecht

Senior Fellow

Areas of Impact:

Arab Spring, Egypt, Somalia, Islamism, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States, Iran - Human Rights, Iraq, Al Qaeda, Intelligence Community, 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.

Why Iran won’t rush to a bomb if Trump pulls out of the nuclear deal

3rd April 2018 – Co-authored by Ray Takeyh - The Washington Post

Why Iran won’t rush to a bomb if Trump pulls out of the nuclear deal

Reuel Marc Gerecht

With John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser, the odds have significantly risen that President Trump will abandon his predecessor’s nuclear deal with Iran. But there’s no need for hysteria. If Trump abandons the deal, the Islamic Republic still isn’t likely to run amok, ramping up its nuclear program and killing American soldiers in the Middle East. The calculated caution of Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, will probably win out. His tortoise-beats-the-hare approach to his country’s nuclear quest will be reinforced by the wild card that surely scares the mullahs the most: Trump. more...

Analysis & Commentary

10th April 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Save Print This Post Send to Kindle Iran Says It Could Enrich Uranium to 20% Within Two Days

Reuel Marc Gerecht

On the occasion of its National Nuclear Day, Iran boasted that it could enrich uranium to 20% in just two days’ time, if the United States would withdraw from the deal, the Associated Press reported Monday. The threat is an indication that the 2015 nuclear deal left much of the Islamic Republic’s nuclear infrastructure intact. more...

9th April 2018 – Quoted by Tom Rogan - The Washington Examiner

John Bolton: A complex worldview that just might work for Trump

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Long before John Bolton was named as President Trump's new national security adviser, a position he assumes on Monday, his name sparked diametrically opposite reactions in Washington. more...

9th April 2018 – Quoted by Michael Graham - CBS News

Commentary: Trump’s Syria quandary

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Thomas Joscelyn

Just a week ago, the headlines about President Trump and Syria all contained the word "withdraw." The president's directive to the U.S. military was to find a way out -- sooner rather than later. more...

5th April 2018 – Quoted by Mosaic Magazine

Pulling Out of the Nuclear Deal Won’t Send Iran Rushing to Build a Bomb

Reuel Marc Gerecht

As speculation mounts that President Trump will abandon the 2015 agreement to limit the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the agreement’s defenders have begun predicting that Tehran will respond by trying to develop atomic weapons as quickly as possible, leading to disaster. Reuel Marc Gerecht and Ray Takeyh doubt Iran will be so reckless. more...