Mora Namdar

Senior Fellow in Middle East Studies

Areas Of Expertise

  • Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues
  • Iran International Relations
  • Middle East Politics and Security
  • National Security Strategy and Policy
  • Public Diplomacy and Information Operations

Mora Namdar joined the American Foreign Policy Council in February 2021. An attorney and foreign policy expert, she previously served as the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs and Vice President of the United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM). Before that, she served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of State, working on a variety of global issues. These responsibilities included, but were not limited to, working on Iran politics and policy, international messaging and broadcasting, and serving on the State Department’s Iran Action Group.

Ms. Namdar is a Texas native, and is fluent in Farsi. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Southern Methodist University, and received her Master’s degree in International Affairs from American University’s School of International Service. She also holds a Juris Doctorate from the American University’s Washington College of Law, where she was the founding Editor-in-Chief of the National Security Law Brief.