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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.

Iran’s Diplomatic Path to the Bomb

12th November 2014 – The Wall Street Journal

Iran’s Diplomatic Path to the Bomb

Mark Dubowitz, Reuel Marc Gerecht

Let’s assume the Iranian nuclear talks in Vienna fail to conclude a final agreement by Nov. 24, the already extended deadline under the interim Joint Plan of Action signed in January. more...

Analysis & Commentary

9th March 2015 – The Weekly Standard

Violent Extremist vs. Holy Warrior

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Is Barack Hussein Obama wrong to avoid appending “Islamic,” “Muslim,” “Islamist,” or even “jihadist” to the terrorism that has struck the West with increasing ferocity since the 1990s? This question has at least two parts: Is the president historically correct to do this? And is he politically smart to do it? more...

3rd March 2015 – Quoted by Emily Cadei - Ozy

Eyes and Ears in the Arab World

Reuel Marc Gerecht

In the campaign against the Islamic State group, Faisal Al Shoubaki might be the most important spy in the world. more...

23rd February 2015 – Mosaic

The Reform Delusion

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Barack Obama has been eager for an Iranian diplomatic breakthrough since the beginning of his presidency, and Michael Doran, in “Obama’s Secret Iran Strategy,” has trenchantly laid out a chronology of the president’s aspirations. more...

30th January 2015 – Quoted by Julia Ioffe - The New York Times Magazine

Spy vs. Nonspy in Putin’s Russia

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Earlier this week, F.B.I. agents in New York arrested a 39-year-old Russian man named Evgeny Buryakov, whom federal prosecutors accused of participating in a spy ring gathering economic intelligence on the United States. more...