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Mark Dubowitz – Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Shoshana Bryen – Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center
About this webinar: As early as October 18th, the United Nations Arms Embargo against Iran is due to expire, under the terms of the JCPOA, the Iranian nuclear deal negotiated by the Obama administration in 2015, together with Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany. This will most likely open the door for an Iranian shopping spree of lethal weapons throughout the world. The Trump administration is trying to extend the international arms embargo in the United Nations, however they are more than likely to meet resistance from Russia and China, as well as many European nations who are upset with the Trump administration for leaving the deal, two years ago. On top of that, the UN watchdog for monitoring nuclear compliance, the IAEA, (International Atomic Energy Administration) has recently come out saying that Iran has not opened up at least two auspicious sites for inspections. As recently as Monday, June 15th, IAEA Director Mariano Grossi demanded that Iran open up these suspicious sites immediately for inspections. Here to discuss these important topics, as well as to provide a general background about Iran’s history of malfeasance are Mark Dubowitz and Shoshana Bryen.
Mark Dubowitz is the chief executive of FDD, a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan policy institute. 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 policies to counter the threats from the regime in Iran. In 2019, Iran sanctioned Mark and FDD, calling them “the designing and executing arm of the U.S. administration” on Iran policy. These threats led to bipartisan condemnation, including from Trump, Obama, Bush and Clinton administration officials. 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.” According to The Atlantic, “Dubowitz has been helping design and push forward sanctions on Iran since well before they became the centerpiece of Trump’s policy toward the country…establishing the FDD as D.C.’s ground zero for research and policy recommendations aimed at highlighting and fixing what Dubowitz saw as the flaws in the nuclear agreement.”
Shoshana Bryen is Senior Director of the Jewish Policy Center and Editor of inFOCUS Quarterly. A specialist in U.S. defense policy and Middle East affairs, she was previously Executive Director and Senior Director for Security Policy at JINSA. She has worked with the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College and the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, and lectured at the National Defense University in Washington, and the American service academies. Mrs. Bryen coordinated programs for military professionals that allowed more than 450 American military officers to engage in discussion with counterparts in Israel and Jordan. She also created a program to take the cadets and midshipmen of America’s service academies to Israel, permitting hundreds of future officers to have a positive, in-depth experience in the Jewish State. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the New York Sun and Defense News, Forbes.com, DailyWire and Gatestone Institute. She is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Aleethia Foundation providing opportunities for wounded veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars, and is a Member of the Board of the American Jewish International Relations Institute (AJIRI).