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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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Iran’s Ideological War on Homosexuality

27th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Ideological War on Homosexuality

Tzvi Kahn

Iranian police raided a private party this month, arresting more than 30 people on charges of sodomy, alcohol consumption, and psychedelic drug use. The move reflects the daily perils that homosexuals face in the Islamic Republic, which regards them as enemies of the state who threaten its revolutionary ideals. more...

Analysis & Commentary

24th May 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Religious War against the Baha’i

Tzvi Kahn

May 14 marked the ninth anniversary of Iran’s imprisonment of seven Baha’i leaders for the crime of practicing their faith. This grim milestone reflects the Baha’i’s status, in the words of the United Nations, as the country’s “most severely persecuted religious minority.” In Tehran’s eyes, the Baha’i faith constitutes not a religion, but a Western-backed political movement that seeks to overthrow the regime and discredit Islam. more...

12th May 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

The Ideological Crucible of Iran’s Hunger Strikes

Tzvi Kahn

Hunger strikes in Iranian prisons are hardly new. But the international attention that accompanied one recent strike has exposed rare cracks in the regime’s theocratic armor, and offers a key lesson for the United States. By publicly highlighting the plight of Iran’s hunger strikers, Washington can weaken Tehran’s resolve to resist their demands. more...

27th April 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

Iran’s Ideological War on Homosexuality

Tzvi Kahn

Iranian police raided a private party this month, arresting more than 30 people on charges of sodomy, alcohol consumption, and psychedelic drug use. The move reflects the daily perils that homosexuals face in the Islamic Republic, which regards them as enemies of the state who threaten its revolutionary ideals. more...

27th April 2017 – The Hill

Trump must challenge Iran’s ongoing human rights abuses

Tzvi Kahn

“The real war” with the West, Iran’s supreme leader declared in a recent speech, “is a cultural war.” It unfolds not on Middle East battlefields, but on the “many television and internet networks which are busy diverting the hearts and minds of our youth away from religion, our sacred beliefs, morality, modesty and the like.” more...