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Toby Dershowitz

Senior Vice President

Areas of Impact:

Latin America

Biography:

Toby Dershowitz is senior vice president for government relations and strategy at FDD. She also oversees FDD’s Communications Department, which yields thousands of print and broadcast media appearances each year. She has more than 30 years of experience in Washington, focusing on policy issues related to terrorism, cyber security, sanctions, the Middle East, and illicit networks in Latin America. She leads FDD’s policy roadmapping initiatives by identifying the conceptual issues and the strategy necessary to move the dial in various policy arenas. 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.

Toby also serves on the Board of Advisors of FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). Her research focus includes tracking Iran’s global threat network and identifying points of leverage to counter Iran’s malign activities. She has written extensively on Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a case whose investigation and subsequent developments continue to be important for policymakers and law enforcement.

Toby works closely with domestic and international reporters, columnists, and editors. She has been widely published, including in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Hill, RealClearWorld, RealClearDefense, Arab News, Moneylaundering.com, JTA, Business Insider, Forbes, The National Interest, Huffington Post, and quoted in numerous other publications.

Toby previously served 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. She has conducted media training for Fortune 500 executives, and continues to serve as president of The Dershowitz Group, a public affairs and strategic communications firm.

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

Toby Dershowitz is senior vice president for government relations and strategy at FDD. She also oversees FDD’s Communications Department, which yields thousands of print and broadcast media appearances each year. She has more than 30 years of experience in Washington, focusing on policy issues related to terrorism, cyber security, sanctions, the Middle East, and illicit networks in Latin America. She leads FDD’s policy roadmapping initiatives by identifying the conceptual issues and the strategy necessary to move the dial in various policy arenas. 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.

Toby also serves on the Board of Advisors of FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance (CSIF). Her research focus includes tracking Iran’s global threat network and identifying points of leverage to counter Iran’s malign activities. She has written extensively on Iran’s role in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a case whose investigation and subsequent developments continue to be important for policymakers and law enforcement.

Toby works closely with domestic and international reporters, columnists, and editors. She has been widely published, including in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Hill, RealClearWorld, RealClearDefense, Arab News, Moneylaundering.com, JTA, Business Insider, Forbes, The National Interest, Huffington Post, and quoted in numerous other publications.

Toby previously served 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. She has conducted media training for Fortune 500 executives, and continues to serve as president of The Dershowitz Group, a public affairs and strategic communications firm.

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

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Iran’s Long, Bloody History of Terror and Espionage in Europe

25th July 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Iran’s Long, Bloody History of Terror and Espionage in Europe

Toby Dershowitz, Benjamin Weinthal

The Iranian regime’s potent espionage and assassination network in Europe has operated largely without interruption since the Islamic revolution of 1979. more...

Analysis & Commentary

27th July 2018 – Quoted by AIJAC

Iran’s economic crisis in the lead-up to new US sanctions

Toby Dershowitz, Benjamin Weinthal

This Update discusses the state of the Iranian economy in the lead up to the re-imposition of US sanctions beginning on Aug 6, following the US withdrawal from the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal in March. more...

25th July 2018 – Quoted by The Tower

Experts: Unless Europe Takes Decisive Action, Iran Will Continue Terror Attacks

Toby Dershowitz, Benjamin Weinthal

In the wake of the attempted terror attack in Paris last month, Europe must take decisive action against Iran, or risk again being the target of terrorist attacks plotted by the Islamic Republic, two experts argued in an analysis published Wednesday at Real Clear Defense. more...

25th July 2018 – Real Clear Defense

Iran’s Long, Bloody History of Terror and Espionage in Europe

Toby Dershowitz, Benjamin Weinthal

The Iranian regime’s potent espionage and assassination network in Europe has operated largely without interruption since the Islamic revolution of 1979. more...

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...