Sina Toossi

Sina Toossi

Senior Fellow

Sina Toossi is a senior non-resident fellow at the Center for International Policy. He has a professional background in producing research and analysis on U.S.-Iran relations, U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East, and nuclear policy issues. His work experience includes extensive political advocacy efforts to make diplomacy and the promotion of human rights a centerpiece of U.S. foreign policy, including co-leading grassroots campaigns calling for the restoration of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and highlighting the humanitarian costs of U.S. sanctions. Mr. Toossi’s background and in-depth understanding of Middle Eastern and Iranian culture enable his thorough and accurate analysis of the subject.

Previously, Sina was a senior research analyst at the National Iranian American Council, where he focused on tracking discourse within Iran on the impact of U.S. policies, spotlighting the human rights abuses of the Iranian government, and developing novel ideas to peacefully resolve U.S.-Iran disputes and other Middle Eastern conflicts. In this role, Sina wrote a resolution adopted by the Democratic National Committee in 2019 calling for a U.S. return to the Iran nuclear deal, and briefed Members of Congress and the Administration on Iran. Sina was also formerly a senior research specialist at Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security, where he undertook research projects on the Iran nuclear deal, a Middle East nuclear weapons-free zone, and relations between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. Currently, Sina is a policy and editorial advisor at Miaan Group, a nonprofit organization focused on promoting human rights in Iran.

Sina has been published in a wide range of outlets, including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and USA Today. His writing was included in Foreign Policy’s “top five reads of the year on Iran” in 2020, as well as Al Jazeera English’s “seven opinion pieces you should read” about the 2020 U.S. presidential election. Sina has also appeared on or been quoted in many outlets, including BBC World News, the Guardian, Vox, and BBC Persian. He holds a Master in International Relations from American University and a Bachelor in Economics and Political Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.



September 18, 2022

Why did NYT lie about Leader’s health?

Sina Toossi quoted

“Iran’s SL (Supreme Leader) Ayatollah Khamenei speaking in Tehran today. Does not appear to be ‘gravely ill’ & on ‘bed rest’ as claimed by anonymous sources to the NYT,” Sina Toosi, Senior Fellow at Center for International Policy, tweeted on Saturday.