Raymond Tanter
Raymond Tanter
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In 2005, Raymond Tanter cofounded the Iran Policy Committee (IPC) and serves as its President and of Iran Policy Committee Publishing. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Committee on the Present Danger, and was for about a decade an Adjunct Scholar at The Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Among Tanter's authored and/or coauthored books relevant to Iran are: Rogue Regimes (1999); Appeasing the Ayatollahs and Suppressing Democracy (2006); What Makes Tehran Tick, (2006); Baghdad Ablaze (2007); President Obama and Iraq (2009); President Obama and Iran (2010) and (2012); Terror Tagging of an Iranian Dissident Organization, (2011 and 2012); and Arab Rebels and Iranian Dissidents (2013); and Islamist Movements, Protégées of the Ayatollahs(2016).

Tanter served in the Executive Office of the President as a senior member on the Reagan-Bush National Security Council staff, 1981-1982. In 1983-1984, he was personal representative of the Secretary of Defense to arms control talks in Madrid, Helsinki, Stockholm, and Vienna. In 1967, Tanter was deputy director of behavioral sciences at the Advanced Research Projects Agency of the U.S. Department of Defense and a member of the Civilian Executive Panel, Chief of Naval Operations, 1980-1981.

After receiving a BA from Roosevelt University in 1961 and an MA as well as Ph. D degrees from Indiana University in 1964, Tanter served as Assistant Professor at Northwestern as well as Associate Professor and Professor at the University of Michigan; he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Amsterdam, and on multiple occasions was Visiting Professor at Stanford, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv University. Since 2003, Tanter regularly taught terrorism and proliferation at Georgetown University as Adjunct or Visiting Professor.

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