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Toby Dershowitz

Senior Vice President

Areas of Impact:

Latin America

Biography:

 Ms. Toby Dershowitz has spent more than 25 years in Washington, focusing on policy issues related to terrorism, cyber, democracy building, energy security and the Middle East.

As FDD’s Vice President for Government Relations and Strategy, she engages in policy roadmapping that identifies the conceptual issues and the strategy necessary to move the dial in the policy arena.

Ms. Dershowitz also serves on the Board of Advisors of FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance.

Possessing a strong commitment to bi-partisanship, she briefs and works closely with Members of Congress and their staff as well as with officials throughout the Executive Branch. Her office also facilitates rapid response research driven by requests from government officials. She co-directs several FDD projects including:

1) Iran Human Rights Project which works with FDD scholars and others addressing Iranian human rights abuses, international companies whose equipment is used as tools of oppression by the regime, and human rights sanctions designed to hold Iranian officials and international companies accountable;

2) Syria Working Group, which identifies policies aimed at supporting Syria’s pro-democracy movement and leveraging vulnerabilities in the regime and relationships with the US and foreign governments to thwart the Assad regime’s brutality;

3) Project on terrorist media, which identifies and seeks to formally designate as terrorist entities traditional and new media owned by terrorist organizations that are used to influence populations throughout the world for nefarious purposes.

Leveraging her prior work as Spokesperson and Director of Media Relations for a leading foreign policy organization for 14 years and director of a press association for 12 subsequent years, Ms. Dershowitz maintains strong ties to domestic and international reporters, columnists and editors. She has written several guides regarded as ‘media bibles’ for advocacy organizations. She has done media training for Fortune 500 executives and continues to serve as counselor for clients of The Dershowitz Group, a public affairs and strategic communications firm.

Ms. Dershowitz spent a year of academic study in Cairo, Egypt and is conversational in Arabic, Hebrew and Spanish.

How Trump and Merkel can fix the Iranian nuclear deal

26th April 2018 – The Hill

How Trump and Merkel can fix the Iranian nuclear deal

Toby Dershowitz, Benjamin Weinthal

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Trump at the White House tomorrow, the looming deadline to waive sanctions against Iran will likely top the agenda. With the May 12 deadline fast approaching, Merkel will likely seek to convince Trump to not “nix” the Iran deal, but rather continue waiving sanctions. In their latest op-ed for The Hill, FDD Senior Vice President Toby Dershowitz and Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal expose the fatal weaknesses in Germany’s policy toward Iran and the deal. more...

Analysis & Commentary

26th April 2018 – The Hill

How Trump and Merkel can fix the Iranian nuclear deal

Toby Dershowitz, Benjamin Weinthal

When German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Trump at the White House tomorrow, the looming deadline to waive sanctions against Iran will likely top the agenda. With the May 12 deadline fast approaching, Merkel will likely seek to convince Trump to not “nix” the Iran deal, but rather continue waiving sanctions. In their latest op-ed for The Hill, FDD Senior Vice President Toby Dershowitz and Research Fellow Benjamin Weinthal expose the fatal weaknesses in Germany’s policy toward Iran and the deal. more...

16th February 2018 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Argentina Begins Trials, Sentencing of Senior Officials Who Corrupted Investigations Into Iranian Bo

Toby Dershowitz

More than twenty years of corrupted attempts to bring to justice the Iranian suspects in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires came into sharp focus this week, as courts in Argentina moved ahead with prosecutions of two previous administrations for their role in covering up Tehran’s responsibility for the atrocity. more...

16th February 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Lawmakers Can Defend Iranian Dissidents and Punish the Revolutionary Guards at the Same Time

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

There is bipartisan consensus in Congress on the need to support the nonviolent protesters in Iran who are calling for an end to corruption and dictatorship. One important way to protect the protesters from surveillance and punishment would be to sanction Iran’s largest telecommunications enterprise, the Telecommunication Company of Iran (TCI). more...

6th February 2018 – Al-Arabiya

Al-Arabiya

Toby Dershowitz

FDD's Toby Dershowitz joins Al-Arabiya to discuss the US and Argentina working together to thwart Hezbollah's influence in Latin America. more...