FPI Conference Call: On-The-Ground Update: The Iran Nuclear Negotations

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You are invited to participate in an on-the-record conference call conversation on Friday March 27th, to discuss the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations taking place in Lausanne, Switzerland.  Offering their expert perspectives on the call will be Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and Josh Block of the Israel Project, who will join us from Switzerland. FPI's Christopher J. Griffin will moderate the discussion. 


On-The-Ground Update:
The Iran Nuclear Negotiations

Friday, March 27th, 2015
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EDT


Josh Block
The Israel Project
Lausanne, Switzerland

Mark Dubowitz
Foundation For Defense Democracies
Washington, DC


Christopher J. Griffin
Foreign Policy Initiative
Washington, DC

Speaker Biographies

Josh Block is the CEO and president of The Israel Project, and a communications, foreign policy and political strategist involved in national politics and policy for nearly 20 years. A former Clinton Administration official & spokesman at the State Department’s USAID, Block got his start on Capitol Hill in the office of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and Democratic politics. After nearly a decade on the senior staff of AIPAC, one of Washington’s most respected and effective advocacy organizations, where he was spokesman and director of strategic communications, Block was appointed senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute in Washington D.C., and established a strategic consulting practice focused on the intersection of policy, politics and public affairs for international and US-based clients in the public and private sector.  Block was named by Foreign Policy Magazine to its Twitterati 100 list of the most influential foreign policy experts on Twitter (@JoshBlockDC) and The Forward to its list of America’s 50 most influential Jews. 

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. Mark is an expert on sanctions and has testified before Congress and advised the U.S. administration, Congress, and numerous foreign governments on Iran and sanctions issues. Mr. Dubowitz heads FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance and is the co-author of more than a dozen studies on economic sanctions against Iran. He also is co-chair of the Project on U.S. Middle East Nonproliferation Strategy. Mr. Dubowitz is a lecturer and senior research fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto where he teaches and conducts research on international negotiations, sanctions, and Iran's nuclear program.

Christopher J. Griffin joined the Foreign Policy Initiative (FPI) as executive director in January 2013.  Previously, he served as legislative director to Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (ID-CT), advising the senator on the full range of legislative proposals and key votes.  Between 2008 and 2011, he was Senator Lieberman's military legislative assistant, in which capacity he developed the senator's legislative agenda as a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and chairman of its Airland Subcommittee.  Prior to joining Senator Lieberman's staff, Mr. Griffin was a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy (2005-2008), where he focused on U.S. foreign and defense policy toward the Asia-Pacific.  During his time at AEI, Mr. Griffin was also a contributing editor to the Armed Forces Journal, writing feature articles on international defense industrial cooperation and a monthly column titled the "Blogs of War."  Mr. Griffin's writings have been published in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times.


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The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.
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