Iran Infiltrating U.S. Policy By Recruiting Western Official, Academics: Report

  • Iran worked to influence U.S. policy by recruiting a number of academics to promote Tehran’s agenda, one of whom currently serves in a high-level security role in the Biden administration, according to emails obtained and reviewed by Iran International and Semafor.
  • The Iran Experts Initiative (IEI) was created in 2014 to bolster Tehran’s global image on a number of priorities – most chiefly its nuclear program – by influencing U.S. and European academics and researchers, some of whom ended up working in government roles, according to Iran International.
  • The creators of the IEI celebrated the group’s success after the Iran deal, which was criticized by former President Donald Trump for being too generous towards Tehran, was signed in 2015.
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