Mark Dubowitz
Mark Dubowitz is executive director of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions, and nonproliferation. A former venture capitalist and technology executive, Mark heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance. He co-leads The Iran Task Force and is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy.

Widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping the Iran sanctions architecture of the past decade, Mark has advised U.S. administrations and lawmakers and testified more than twenty times before Congress and foreign legislative committees on Iran sanctions and nuclear issues. He is the author or co-author of over twenty studies on economic sanctions and Iran's nuclear program. Mark teaches courses on sanctions and international negotiations at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs, where he is a senior fellow.

Mark has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, USA Today, Forbes, Slate, The Weekly Standard, The Globe & Mail, and The National Post, and appeared on CBS Evening News, CNN, Fox News, NPR, PBS, BBC and CBC.

Mark has a masters in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies, and law and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.

Raised in Toronto, and a proud American citizen, he has lived in Washington, D.C. since 2003.

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Entries by Mark Dubowitz

Money Laundering For The Mullahs

(2) Comments | Posted May 6, 2016 | 4:07 PM

The Islamic Republic of Iran has mounted a full court press to persuade the global financial community to overlook its long rap sheet of financial crimes. In recent weeks, two of the Islamic Republic's most savvy diplomats were on the offensive to persuade the Obama administration to green light Iran's...

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Why Has Canada Not Yet Banned Iran's Terrorist Organization?

(13) Comments | Posted November 9, 2011 | 8:26 AM

According to press reports, a United Nations organization has revealed that, "Iran's government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon."

The International Atomic Energy Agency made its announcement only days after the United States foiled an Iranian plot to murder the Saudi ambassador to Washington, along...

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Iran's War on Religious Freedom

(13) Comments | Posted October 13, 2011 | 12:19 PM

The Iranian regime is in the news again over an alleged terrorist plot on American soil. Back in Iran, the regime's brutality to its own people continues. As Western governments consider how to respond to an ever more reckless and dangerous Iran, what will the West do to protect Iranians...

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Iran Terror Plot: Will America Finally Respond?

(25) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 4:45 PM

The Iranian assassination plot is a major escalation in Tehran's war on America. For three decades, the Iranian regime, the world's leading sponsor of terrorism, has murdered Americans abroad in Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. It has killed civilians in Paris, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and elsewhere....

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My Dual Loyalties Problem

(14) Comments | Posted October 1, 2011 | 7:00 AM

I have a dual loyalties problem and, given the paranoia in Washington, D.C., it may prevent me from ever serving in a sensitive national security position.

The problem first revealed itself during the last Winter Olympics.  On Feb. 28, 2010, 200 witnesses at a Maryland pub saw me stand up...

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Why Isn't Ahmadinejad on a No-Fly List?

(197) Comments | Posted September 20, 2011 | 1:15 PM

This week, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is making his annual visit to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly. This time, Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran's foreign minister and former head of its Atomic Energy Organization, will accompany him, despite being under U.S. and European Union travel bans for...

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