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Michael Ledeen

Dr. Michael Ledeen is the Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.  His work ranges from Europe (especially Italy) to the Middle East, with particular emphasis on Iran.  He has written more than 35 books, and his essays are published regularly on PJMedia.com, and TheHill.com, as well as in Forbes.  He is also a contributor to the Wall Street Journal‘s oped page.

Previously, Dr. Ledeen served as a consultant to the National Security Council, the State Department, and the Defense Department. He has also served as a special adviser to the Secretary of State. He holds a Ph.D. in modern European history and philosophy from the University of Wisconsin, and has taught at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Rome.


Articles By Michael Ledeen

The Italians

July 5, 2018

The Italians have stitched together yet another government, this one a left-right “contract” they call a yellow/green alliance.  The two leading parties, The (formerly “Northern”) League and the Five Star Movement disagree about such basic issues as refugees, taxation, and whether Italy should stay in the eurozone.  It is hard to imagine the government lasting […]

Making Iran Great Again

January 30, 2018

Bit by bit, we are getting a fuller picture of how Tehran’s tyrants have wrecked the country. For the most part, the reports in the American press have recounted the economic woes leading up to the nationwide uprising. That focus is due to two related misunderstandings: first, that revolution is driven by economic misery, and […]

Iran: What You Need to Know (Conference Call Audio)

May 9, 2017

Dr. Michael Ledeen, author of the “Faster, Please” column for PJ Media, will address the internal political situation in Iran including the May 19th elections, Iranian intervention in Syria, and Iran’s ongoing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Dr. Ledeen is Freedom Scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and is an internationally renowned scholar on Iran, […]

Michael Ledeen


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