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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.

Iran’s supreme leader torpedoed his country’s best chance to get off the terror financing blacklist

22nd June 2018 – Business Insider

Iran’s supreme leader torpedoed his country’s best chance to get off the terror financing blacklist

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran's own Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, may have just torpedoed his own country's campaign to be removed from the blacklist of states who cannot or will not prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. more...

Analysis & Commentary

22nd June 2018 – Business Insider

Iran’s supreme leader torpedoed his country’s best chance to get off the terror financing blacklist

Toby Dershowitz, Saeed Ghasseminejad

Iran's own Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, may have just torpedoed his own country's campaign to be removed from the blacklist of states who cannot or will not prevent money laundering and the financing of terrorism. more...

21st June 2018 – FDD Background Resource Guide

Risks of Doing Business with Iran

Toby Dershowitz

Conducting business in the Islamic Republic of Iran continues to entail profound risk. Nearly one year after the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) temporarily suspended mandatory countermeasures on Iran for its illicit conduct, Tehran has not fundamentally altered the behavior that led the standard-setting body to penalize it in the first place. more...

5th June 2018 – Quoted by Ben Cohen - The Algemeiner

Argentine Senators Discuss Removal of Ex-President Kirchner’s Legal Immunity Over AMIA Bombing

Toby Dershowitz

Argentine senators began discussions on Tuesday on the possible removal of former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s immunity from prosecution — less than a week after a federal court in Buenos Aires ruled definitively that Alberto Nisman, the federal prosecutor who was investigating the 1994 terrorist bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in the Argentine capital, along with the Kirchner government’s alleged cover-up of Iran’s culpability, was assassinated in January 2015. more...

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...