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Evolution of the Iranian Threat

Panelists

Roya Hakakian is a former associate producer at CBS’s 60 Minutes and a recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship in nonfiction. She is the author of the bestelling book Assassins of the Turquoise Palace, two books of poetry in Persian and the acclaimed memoir Journey from the Land of No. Her opinions and essays have appeared in numerous publications, including National Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Ms. Hakakian is also the founder of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center.

Thomas Joscelyn is a Senior Fellow and Executive Director of the Center for Law and Counterterrorism at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He is also the Senior Editor of FDD’s The Long War Journal. Mr. Joscelyn is a nationally-recognized expert on how al Qaeda and its affiliates operate around the world and is a sought after source by Congress and the media. He is a regular contributor to The Weekly Standard and its online publications, The Daily Standard and Worldwide Standard. He is the author of Iran’s Proxy War Against America and his work has also been published by National Review Online, the New York Post, and a variety of other publications. His full bio is available here.

Emanuele Ottolenghi is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has done extensive research exposing the connections between Iran’s energy companies and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. Dr. Ottolenghi has advised several foreign ministries in Europe, and testified before the Canadian and European parliaments. He recently published The Pasdaran: Inside Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, and is author of Iran: The Looming Crisis – Can the West Live with Iran’s Nuclear Threat? Dr. Ottolenghi has published widely in the international media, including The Wall Street Journal, Newsday, Foreign Affairs, Commentary, National Review Online, Middle East Quarterly, and The Guardian. He has a column in the British monthly, Standpoint Magazine. Previously, Dr. Ottolenghi headed the Transatlantic Institute in Brussels, where he resides. He earned his Ph.D. in political theory at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His full bio is available here.

Dr. John R. Schindler is a Professor of National Security Affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. He also serves as Chairman of the NATO Partnership for Peace Consortium's Countering Terrorism Working Group, and a Senior Fellow at Boston University's International History Institute. Prior to joining the NWC faculty Dr. Schindler served for nearly a decade with the National Security Agency as an expert in counterespionage and counterterrorism, with operational experience in Eastern Europe and the Middle East. A former FDD Academic Fellow, he has published widely on intelligence and terrorism, and is the author of Unholy Terror: Bosnia, Al-Qa'ida, and the Rise of Global Jihad and co-author of The Terrorist Perspectives Project: Strategic and Operational Views of Al-Qa'ida.

Moderator

Clifford May is President of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has had a long and distinguished career in international relations, journalism, communications and politics. Mr. May spent nearly a decade with The New York Times as a reporter in both New York and Washington, an editor of The New York Times Sunday Magazine and as a foreign correspondent. He is a frequent guest on national and international television and radio news programs including CNN and MSNBC, providing analysis and participating in debates on national security issues. He writes a weekly column that is nationally distributed by Scripps Howard News Service and is a regular contributor to National Review Online, The American Spectator and other publications. His full bio is available here.