Board of Directors

Alireza Nader

Alireza Nader

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Alireza Nader is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of New Iran. He is a widely recognized expert on Iran and U.S. policy in the Middle East. As a former senior researcher at the RAND Corporation, he authored numerous reports and studies on Iran, the Middle East, and U.S. strategy. Alireza has advised the U.S. government on Iran throughout his career and is regularly asked to share his analysis with senior policy makers. He has testified before the U.S. Congress and is often interviewed by the media. 

He has lectured at the George Washington University and has conducted research and analytical courses for U.S. Special Forces and Department of Defense analysts.

He obtained his BA in political science from UC Santa Barbara and his MA in International Relations from George Washington University.

Alireza speaks fluent Persian and is a student of ancient Iranian history and civilization.

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Dr. Renee Behinfar

Dr. Renee Behinfar

Dr. Behinfar is a clinical psychologist and human, and animal rights advocate. She’s received training in the assessment and diagnosis of survivors of torture and human rights abuses and provides clinical affidavits for immigration cases involving political asylum and extreme hardship and domestic abuse. She also provides post critical incident assessments for law enforcement and has provided training for SWAT, and she works with the serious mental illness population. 

Her pro bono work has included PTSD training for first responders, educators, and veterans and staff at veteran homeless shelters. She also volunteers for, and mentors and trains volunteer psychologists of HealthRight International, a non-profit global health and human rights organization.

In the scope of advocacy, she has authored articles, fundraised, and organized and attended events in support of the freedom-seeking people of Iran. She also volunteers to provide smiles to children with illnesses, and she’s a dedicated voice for animals.

Dr. Thomas Parker

Dr. Thomas Parker

Dr. Thomas Parker has wide experience in US national security, having worked in multiple positions in government and academia. He has worked on policy issues pertaining to the Middle East in the Executive Office of the President, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff, the Intelligence Community and the U.S. Congress over the course of the past thirty years.

He currently teaches security studies at George Washington University. 

He has also taught at the University of Haifa and lectured at the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv, the Israeli Foreign Ministry, the Marine Corps University in Quantico, Virginia, SciencesPo in Paris, and the European University in Petersburg. 

He has published numerous articles on foreign policy and defense issues and a book on U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East. In 2016, he was part of a senior level U.S. delegation that discussed U.S.-China relations with Chinese foreign ministry and defense officials in Beijing.