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Richard Goldberg

Richard Goldberg is a Mosaic columnist and senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He has served on Capitol Hill, on the U.S. National Security Council, as the chief of staff for Illinois’s governor, and as a Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer.

How America Lost Its Leverage on Iran

Ten years ago, two senators, one Republican and one Democrat, joined together to force America to sanction Iran. In the years since, the leverage they built has dissipated. Why?

Nov. 23 2021 12:01AM

Ben Sasse and Rich Goldberg Discuss 9/11, Afghanistan, and Civic Amnesia

The senator joins our foreign-policy columnist to talk about America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, and how the nation’s short memory imperils its security.

Sept. 30 2021 12:01AM

September 11 from 1981 to 2031

America has been learning and forgetting the lessons of 2001 for decades. It’s now in the midst of forgetting them again. Will the same result follow?

Sept. 13 2021 1:06AM

Violence in Yemen, Gaza, and Iraq Isn't Coincidental, Even Though the White House Wishes it Was

Recent flareups of violence in the Middle East are the outcome of a major policy shift by an administration that prefers to avert its eyes from the truth.

July 6 2021 12:01AM

How Governors and State Legislatures Can Mitigate the White House's Iran Strategy

A few months ago it seemed that the Biden administration would pursue a more moderate version of Obama’s Iran strategy. Now it’s poised to make even greater concessions.

May 10 2021 12:01AM

Podcast: Richard Goldberg on How Iran Is Already Testing the Biden Administration

When it comes to the new administration’s relationship with Iran, the honeymoon is already long over. A foremost national-security expert joins us to explain what’s going on.

Feb. 25 2021 12:02AM

Podcast: Richard Goldberg on the Future of Israeli-Saudi Relations

The foreign-policy expert joins us to talk about the odds of a deal between the two nations, and how the incoming American administration plays in their thinking.

Dec. 4 2020 12:02AM

What Saudi Arabia Is Thinking

There’s talk of the new American administration moving closer to Iran. Could a Saudi step toward peace with Israel protect Riyadh from the troubles that might ensue?

Nov. 24 2020 12:41AM

The Role of American Policy and Personnel in the Israeli-Emirati Deal

An American National Security Council veteran explains how the U.S. pressured Iran and built trust to broker last week’s accord, and the effects it will have throughout the region.

Aug. 20 2020 12:02AM

Podcast: Richard Goldberg on the Future of Iran Policy

The foreign-policy expert joins us to talk about how to slow down Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons—without getting entangled in a military confrontation.

March 19 2020 12:01AM