Ilan Berman

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Ilan Berman is an Adjunct Professor at the American University School of International Service, he trades in the "Iran threat". He is the author of Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States. He is the vice president for Policy, American Foreign Policy Council and is listed as an "expert" on the right-wing Zionist Middle East Forum's website.[1] He is also a contributing expert with the Ariel Center for Policy Research.

Pushing for action against Iran

In a testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Armed Services Berman used a dubious Israeli source to push for action against Iran:

This past December, Lt. Gen. Dan Halutz, the chief of staff of the Israeli defense forces, told a Knesset parliamentary committee that Iran will reach the “point of no return” in acquiring the knowledge to build a nuclear weapon by March 2006.

He concluded by saying:

...the goal of the United States should not simply be to contain and deter a nuclear Iran. It should also be to create the necessary conditions for a fundamental political transformation within its borders, through forceful public diplomacy, economic assistance to opposition elements, international pressure and covert action.[2]


Berman serves as an editor for the following publications:

Contact, References and Resources


Tel: 202-543-1006
Fax: 202-543-1007



  • Partnership in Transition: US-Israel Strategic Cooperation Beyond the Cold War, (Washington, DC: Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, 2000).
  • Tehran Rising: Iran's Challenge to the United States(Rowman & Littlefield, 2005)
  • Dismantling Tyranny: Transitioning Beyond Totalitarian Regimes (Rowman & Littlefield, 2005) - co-edited with J. Michael Waller