Mark Dubowitz is the chief executive of FDD, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute, where he leads projects on Iran, sanctions and nonproliferation.
He is an expert on Iran’s nuclear program and global threat network, and is widely recognized as one of the key influencers in shaping sanctions policies to counter the threats from the Iranian regime.
According to The New York Times, “Mark Dubowitz’s campaign to draw attention to what he saw as the flaws in the Iran nuclear deal has taken its place among the most consequential ever undertaken by a Washington think tank leader.”
Mark was featured as one of the key “financial warriors” in the book “The Iran Wars.” Politico magazine featured Mark as one of Washington’s leading policy experts challenging Iran’s illicit behavior, observing that he is “…constantly thinking up—and promoting—new ways to squeeze the regime…” According to a former U.S. official quoted by Buzzfeed: “If you want to know what’s going to happen next in Iran policy, there’s a pretty good bet that it’s whatever has been in the latest Mark Dubowitz or FDD op-ed.” And OZY Media labeled Mark and FDD the “politicians’ brain trust on Iran sanctions … carv[ing] a niche in the charged debate on Iran with intensive research and sheer intellectual firepower.”
Mark has advised the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle on Iran issues and testified more than twenty times before the U.S. Congress and foreign legislatures.
A former venture capitalist and technology executive, Mark co-founded FDD’s Center on Economic and Financial Power and is the author or co-author of over twenty studies on economic sanctions and Iran’s nuclear program. He is widely published and cited in U.S. and international media.
Mark has a master’s degree in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies where he focused on China, and JD and MBA degrees from the University of Toronto.
Raised in Toronto, he is a proud American citizen, and has lived in Washington, D.C. since 2003.
Mark Dubowitz’s Recent Media
Mark Dubowitz’s quotes
Quoted in Politico: Pompeo, in Cairo speech, to rebuke Obama’s Mideast vision
Quoted in Foreign Policy: Mike Pompeo Is Flying Solo in the MiddleEast
Quoted in The Atlantic: In the Middle East, Is Trump the Anti-Obama or Obama 2.0?
Quoted in The Washington Post: In report card on Trump’s foreign policy, criticisms span continents and topics
Quoted in The Washington Free Beacon: Assessing Trump’s Foreign Policy, Two Years In
Quoted in NBC News: Rebuffed on Iran diplomacy, Trump is getting more traction on Venezuela
Quoted in The Washington Post: Pompeo shrugs off expected no-shows ahead of U.S.-hosted conference on Middle East
Quoted in The Washington Examiner: Netanyahu holding rare public meetings with Arab leaders at Warsaw summit
Quoted in The National Interest: We Are All Realists Now
Quoted in Radio Farda: Activists, Democratic Party Figures Call On Next U.S. President To Rejoin JCPOA
Quoted in CNN: Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif announces resignation on Instagram
Quoted in Foreign Policy: Will Iran Lose Its Last Link to the West?
Quoted in Arab News: Could Zarif’s resignation be the first of many for the Iranian regime?
Mark Dubowitz’s broadcast appearances
Mark Dubowitz discusses the February 2019 Iran Summit in Poland on Fox News’ America HQ
Mark Dubowitz discusses the JCPOA on Radio Free Europe’s “Radio Farda”