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Patrick Clawson

Director of Research

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Patrick Clawson is director of research at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Areas of Expertise

Iran, Persian Gulf States , Energy and Economics, Proliferation

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Patrick Clawson is director of research at The Washington Institute, where he directs the Iran Security Initiative. Widely consulted as an analyst and media commentator, he has authored more than 150 articles about the Middle East and international economics and is the author or editor of eighteen books or studies on Iran.

Dr. Clawson appears frequently on television and radio, and has published op-ed articles in major newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He has also testified before congressional committees more than twenty times and has served as an expert witness in more than thirty federal cases against Iran. Prior to joining The Washington Institute, he was a senior research professor at the National Defense University's Institute for National Strategic Studies, a senior economist at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, and a research scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.

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Ph.D. in economics, New School for Social Research; B.A., Oberlin College

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Languages Spoken / Read

  • French
  • Persian

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Selected Outside Publications

  • Getting Ready for a Nuclear Ready Iran (Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, 2005), edited with Henry Sokolski
  • Eternal Iran: Continuity and Chaos (Palgrave, 2005), coauthored with Michael Rubin • Checking Iran's Nuclear Ambitions (Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, 2004), edited with Henry Sokolski
  • U.S. Sanctions on Iran (Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, 1997)
  • Energy Security in the Twenty-First Century (NDU Press, 1995)
  • Iran's Strategic Intentions and Capabilities (NDU Press, 1994)

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