|Ilan I. Berman|
|Education||BA in Politics from Brandeis University, MA in International Politics from American University, and JD from Washington College of Law|
|Employer||American Foreign Policy Council|
|Known for||one of the U.S.'s leading experts on the Middle East and Iran|
|Notable work||Winning the Long War: Retaking the Offensive Against Radical Islam (2009); Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States ( 2005)|
Ilan I. Berman is Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council, a non-profit U.S. foreign policy think tank in Washington, DC. He focuses on regional security in the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Russian Federation. Lou Dobbs of CNN described him as "one of the [U.S.]'s leading experts on the Middle East and Iran."
Berman is Adjunct Professor for International Law and Global Security at the National Defense University, and a member of the Associated Faculty at Missouri State University's Department of Defense and Strategic Studies. He also serves as a member of the Committee on the Present Danger, writes a monthly column for Forbes.com, and is an Editor of The Journal of International Security Affairs. He has also advised the United States Department of Defense, agencies of the U.S. government including the CIA, and offices of congressmen on matters of foreign policy and national security.
It is too early to tell whether this event alone will precipitate a shift toward explicit support of such tactics as employed by Israel on Washington's part. What does seem clear, however, is that the United States and Israel are gravitating toward increasingly similar perceptions, and possibly strategies, in the war on terrorism.
He wrote in his 2005 book Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States and has said in speeches that in displacing Saddam Hussein's government in Iraq which had been an enemy of Iran, and the Taliban in Afghanistan which had been a rival, the United States had unintentionally taken away two significant checks on the power of Iran in the Middle East.
In August 2006 he noted that to that point in time, the U.S. had had a lot of difficulty in convincing especially Russia and China, to support sanctions on Iran for its moving forward with its uranium enrichment program, and that "both Moscow and Beijing are major strategic partners of the Islamic republic and have a vested interest in protecting their investments in the Iranian regime." In July 2008 he observed: ""The Iranians are playing a colossal game of chicken with us," and asked: "Does the international community have the will to take the short-term pain and disarm these guys, or accept the long-term pain of a region completely dominated by this regime? I think the world community has essentially come to grips with the fact that Iran is going to go nuclear."
In October 2009, Berman noted: "The Iranian strategy has been pretty consistent all along; to keep the West talking while they work on their nuclear program." In March 2010, commenting on Iran's warning to Europe not to sanction it, he observed:"The Iranians have a pattern of warning anyone threatening to get tough with them, basically saying, ‘Don’t do this, because there will be consequences. What’s notable here is that they are singling out Europe. It’s a sure sign Europe is being more activist [about curtailing economic ties to Iran] than it normally is."
- Winning the Long War: Retaking the Offensive Against Radical Islam, (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)
- Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005)
- Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes, co-editor, with J. Michael Waller (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005)
- Taking on Tehran: Strategies for Confronting the Islamic Republic, editor (Rowman & Littlefield, 2007)
- "To Stop Iran, Lean On China", The New York Times, Op-Ed, November 8, 2011
- "The Islamist Flirtation; Mohamed ElBaradei's growing ties to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood call into question his commitment to liberal reform", Foreign Policy, April 2, 2010
- "Our Missile-Defense Race Against Iran; The Bush-era plan was the best of the realistic alternatives", The Wall Street Journal, September 21, 2009
- "How to Engage Iran (If You Must); Tehran has mastered the dark arts of deception and delay. Here’s how Obama can cut through the diplomatic fog and get results", Foreign Policy, September 8, 2009
- "Review of Iran and the Bomb", Middle East Quarterly, 2009
- "Chill wind blows over claims to Arctic lands", Jane's Defence Weekly, 2008
- "Toward an Economic Strategy against Iran", Comparative Strategy, 2008
- "The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: Latest Developments and Next Steps", AFP Council, 2007
- "The Logic Behind Sino-Iranian Cooperation", The China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, 2006
- "The Bear Is Back. Russia's Middle Eastern adventures", National Review Online, February 18, 2005
- "The new battleground: Central Asia and the Caucasus", The Washington Quarterly, 2004
- "Israel, India, and Turkey: Triple Entente?", Middle East Quarterly, 2002
Statement before Congress
- "The Economics of Confronting Iran", Statement Before the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress, July 25, 2006
- "American Foreign Policy Council – Experts » Ilan I. Berman". Afpc.org. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "CNN.com – Transcripts". CNN. December 17, 2008. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "Welcome to CISA". Ndu.edu. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "Columnists". Forbes.com. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "The Arena: – Ilan Berman Bio". Politico. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- "Forbes » Contributor Profile » Ilan Berman". Forbes. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- Nyier Abdou (November 20, 2002). "Region | Death by Predator". Al-Ahram Weekly. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- "Iran flaunts options on striking back at West". Tmcnet.com. April 27, 2006. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Paul Owens (October 2, 2005). "A Dire Threat; Author details the dangers Iran poses, including its nuclear program and how it finances terror with oil". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- Alexis Fabbri (November 21, 2005). "Focus on Iraq helps Iran". UPI Security & Terrorism. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- John Hall (October 2, 2005). "War in Iraq has Opened Door for Iran". Indiana Gazette. Retrieved November 17, 2011.
- Stannard, Matthew B. (August 27, 2006). "U.N. unlikely to punish Iran – experts / Some say even light sanctions wrong way to curb nuclear drive". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Ward, Olivia (July 22, 2008). "Iran talks 'colossal game of chicken'". The Toronto Star (Toronto). Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Jonathan Tirone and Ali Sheikholeslami (October 29, 2009). "Iran Reply to UN Fuel Plan Falls Short of Acceptance (Update1)". Bloomberg.com. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- Howard LaFranchi, (March 1, 2010). "Nuclear weapons worries: Is threat of Iran sanctions making Tehran testy with Europe?". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved May 23, 2010.
- American Foreign Policy Council bio
- College of International Security Affairs bio
- The American Spectator bio