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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.

24th March 2015 – FDD Press

Persian Truths and American Self-Deception

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

A monograph exploring the personalities and motivations of three Iranian leaders who are currently deeply engaged in the Iranian nuclear negotiations with the United States. more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th March 2015 – FDD Press

Persian Truths and American Self-Deception

Persian Truths and American Self-Deception

Ali Alfoneh, Reuel Marc Gerecht

A monograph exploring the personalities and motivations of three Iranian leaders who are currently deeply engaged in the Iranian nuclear negotiations with the United States. more...

20th March 2015 – Iran Wire

Iran Weekly Wire Podcast

Reuel Marc Gerecht, Michael Ledeen

With Iran and the US speeding toward another nuclear deadline at the end of March, he speaks to a range of Iran specialists about what a deal would mean for the Iran, the United States, and the Middle East. more...

20th March 2015 – Quoted by Lee Smith - The Weekly Standard

Iranian Vulnerability

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The Obama White House is enlisting all its allies to make its case for the bad nuclear deal with Iran that, say administration allies, is better than no deal. more...

18th March 2015 – Quoted by Kambiz Foroohar - Bloomberg

Iran’s Foreign Minister, Key to Nuclear Deal, an Enigma to Many

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator, presents a puzzle. To some, his flawless English and soft manner offer the picture of a pragmatist eager to bring his country back into the world community, trying to drag along a reluctant leadership at home. more...