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Tzvi Kahn

Senior Iran Analyst

Biography:

Tzvi Kahn is a Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He previously worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative, where he published extensively on Iran’s nuclear program and regional ambitions. Tzvi also served as Assistant Director for Policy and Government Affairs at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). From 2013 to 2014, he was an FDD National Security Fellow.
 

Tzvi Kahn is a Senior Iran Analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He previously worked as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Foreign Policy Initiative, where he published extensively on Iran’s nuclear program and regional ambitions. Tzvi also served as Assistant Director for Policy and Government Affairs at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). From 2013 to 2014, he was an FDD National Security Fellow.

Tzvi’s work has appeared in Foreign AffairsNational ReviewThe American InterestWorld AffairsU.S. News & World ReportThe New York PostThe Forward, andMiddle East Quarterly, among other outlets. Tzvi holds a master’s degree in Middle East Studies from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs and a bachelor’s degree in English and in Classical Languages from Yeshiva University.

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The U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Key Slush Fund and Its Brutal Custodian

15th September 2018 – National Review

The U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Key Slush Fund and Its Brutal Custodian

Tzvi Kahn

At first, he couldn’t identify the sound. But Amir Atiabi, an inmate in Iran’s Gohardasht Prison, was curious. Over the course of several nights in 1988, he recalled, “strange noises that sounded like the dropping of cooking-gas containers” reverberated from trucks in the jail’s loading dock. Each time, he marked the date on his calendar. On some days, the sound echoed through his cell as many as 50 to 55 times. more...

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15th September 2018 – National Review

The U.S. Should Sanction Iran’s Key Slush Fund and Its Brutal Custodian

Tzvi Kahn

At first, he couldn’t identify the sound. But Amir Atiabi, an inmate in Iran’s Gohardasht Prison, was curious. Over the course of several nights in 1988, he recalled, “strange noises that sounded like the dropping of cooking-gas containers” reverberated from trucks in the jail’s loading dock. Each time, he marked the date on his calendar. On some days, the sound echoed through his cell as many as 50 to 55 times. more...

14th September 2018 – Quoted by Iran Focus

Prison Abuse in Iran Must Be Tackled

Tzvi Kahn

An exiled member of a minority religious order in Iran accused Iran of violating its own prison regulations by allowing seven women of the Dervish religion to suffer “appalling” conditions in jail. Alireza Roshan, a Dervish activist, said: “The Dervish women are weak physically after having been beaten before and after their transfer to the prison. But prison officials are not allowing them to receive needed medical treatment.” more...

12th September 2018 – FDD's CSIF Policy Brief

New Reports of Abuse Reinforce Case for Sanctions on Iran’s Prisons

Tzvi Kahn

An exiled Iranian Dervish activist accused Tehran on Saturday of violating its own prison regulations by allowing seven Dervish women to suffer “appalling” conditions in jail. “The Dervish women are weak physically after having been beaten before and after their transfer to the prison,” said Alireza Roshan, whose community practices a form of Islam considered deviant by the clerical regime. more...

6th September 2018 – Sky News Arabia

Sky News Arabia

Tzvi Kahn

FDD's Iran Analyst Tzvi Kahn discusses trade relations with Iran and the strategy with the US and Europe on Sky News Arabia. more...