Iran Program


To address the threat posed by the Islamic Republic of Iran to America and its allies, FDD conducts detailed research, develops actionable and comprehensive policy options, and appears regularly in media. FDD’s Iran team covers every angle of the Iran portfolio and includes some of Washington’s top experts on sanctions, illicit finance, nonproliferation, terrorism, human rights, and the Islamic Regime of Iran’s domestic power apparatus.

The topics FDD has examined include Iran’s potential pathways to a nuclear weapon, ballistic missile program, support for terrorism and terrorist proxies, illicit financial activities, worldwide media operations, and domestic repression.

FDD’s Iran team is led by FDD CEO Mark Dubowitz, who is widely recognized as an expert on sanctions, Iran’s nuclear program, and global threat network. FDD’s Iran team also includes fellows and analysts with a range of backgrounds, including intelligence, nuclear nonproliferation and verification, military, cyber, and Farsi language skills.

What they're saying

“FDD is the special forces of the think tank community”
Bret Stephens
New York Times columnist
"FDD is the most reliable source of intelligence on who is trading with Iran and who is violating US, EU and international sanctions."
Brig. General Ephraim Sneh
Former Deputy Defense Minister, Government of Israel
"Iran continues to refuse to provide or acknowledge certain information regarding the military dimensions of its past nuclear activities. The Foundation for Defense of Democracies has been in the forefront of efforts to keep these issues before the American people, and to support efforts by President Trump and his Administration, to confront and impose costs on both Iran and Syria, for the totality of their malign activities."
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Dr. Yleem D.S. Poblete
Assistant Secretary of State of Arms Control, Verification and Compliance
“It is the efforts of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies that is dedicated to these issues day in and day out – your work every day makes a real difference in these battles that we wage.”
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Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)
“FDD is vital to the education of the Congress, parts of the executive branch and the American people. Truly, FDD has emerged as the authoritative surrogate government, a source we can count on to know what to do and how to do it.”
Robert "Bud" McFarlane
Former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Reagan


Expert Testimony

FDD's Iran experts are regularly called to testify before Congress on a range of topics including Iran's nuclear weapons program, illicit finance issues, sanctions, and the Iranian global threat network.

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FDD's Iran team conducts detailed analysis on a range of the Islamic Republic's illicit activities.

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