Patrick Doherty, Deputy Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation, discusses the Iranian government crackdown that reinforces the perception of electoral fraud, the popular Iranian discontent with autocracy, the dearth of legitimate polling in Iran that increases uncertainty and how Ahmedinejad’s tough negotiating with the U.S. is seen by some as the Persian equivalent of Nixon going to China.
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Patrick C. Doherty is Deputy Director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation. The American Strategy Program aims to promote a new American internationalism that combines a tough-minded realism about America’s interests in the world with a pragmatic idealism about the kind of world order best suited to America’s democratic way of life. Mr. Doherty is also Director of the foundation’s U.S.-Cuba 21st Century Policy Initiative, which seeks to take advantage of recent developments to move U.S.-Cuba policy in a more sensible direction to the benefit of both countries. He also serves as a Co-Director of the Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency Initiative.
Before joining New America, Mr. Doherty was Director of Communications at the Center for National Policy, a congressionally focused national security think tank. He was also a senior editor at TomPaine.com, an online journal of politics and policy based in Washington, D.C., where he was responsible for all content related to national security, macroeconomics, energy, and the environment, and wrote a twice-weekly editorial about America’s strategic challenges.
Mr. Doherty previously spent ten years in the Middle East, Africa, the Balkans and the Caucuses working on conflict management and post-conflict peacebuilding. He served as European Regional Advisor to Catholic Relief Services and as a consultant to the Organization of African Unity in Ethiopia and to the Israeli and the Palestinian Authority’s education ministries. He also taught African politics at the University of the Witwatersrand. Mr. Doherty holds a master’s degree in security studies from the Fletcher School, Tufts University, where he was a co-founder of the Institute for Human Security, and a bachelor’s degree from the School of International Service at American University.