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Patrick Clawson

Morningstar Senior Fellow
Director of Research

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Patrick Clawson is the Morningstar senior fellow and 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 Morningstar senior fellow and director of research at the Washington Institute, where he directs the Viterbi Program on Iran and U.S. Policy. 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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Energizing Policy:

July 27, 2016

Policy Focus

How Iranians Might React to a Nuclear Deal

September 11, 2014

Policy Focus

No Good Outcome:

November 26, 2013

Policy Focus

An Iranian Nuclear Breakout Is Not Inevitable

December 20, 2011

Policy Notes

The Red Line:

September 3, 2010

Strategic Reports

The Perfect Handshake with Iran:

March 12, 2010

Strategic Reports

Engaging Iran:

May 20, 2009

Policy Focus

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Most Recent Analysis

Iran's Coronavirus Crisis: Implications for U.S. Policy

April 16, 2020

Opposing an IMF Loan to Iran: Not an Outlier, Not a Barrier to Aid

April 14, 2020

Don’t Count Out U.S. Oil Production as a Market-Shaper

March 20, 2020

Soleimani’s Popularity Is Largely Limited to Iran

January 6, 2020

Iran’s New Budget Is Tight, But Not Tight Enough

December 13, 2019

Khamenei’s Domestic and Foreign Response Options to the Protests

November 21, 2019

Iran’s Gasoline Protests: Regime Unpopular but Resilient

November 18, 2019

Khamenei Will See Sanctions on Him as a Direct Challenge to the Revolution

June 27, 2019

Renewing the Iran Sanctions Waivers (Part 2): Energy and Afghan Trade

April 22, 2019

Renewing the Iran Sanctions Waivers (Part 1): Nuclear Activities

April 22, 2019

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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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