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.
November 9, 2022
Can Iran nuclear deal be saved amid deadly protests?
Sina Toossi quoted
''Sina Toossi, a senior non-resident fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington DC, tells TRT World that the protests as well as Iran’s military support for Russia in its war against Ukraine have “diminished prospects” for a diplomatic solution to the crisis.''
October 20, 2022
Will the protests in Iran bring change?
Sina Toossi interviewed
''Women in Iran have been at the forefront of protests that have swept the country for weeks.
More than 200 people have lost their lives, and hundreds of others have been detained after demonstrations following the death of 22 year old Mahsa Amini. She died after being arrested by the regime's morality police for not wearing her hijab correctly.''
November 5, 2022
Biden vow to ‘free Iran’ was expression of ‘solidarity’: Karine Jean-Pierre
Sina Toossi quoted
“Biden vowing to ‘free Iran’ sends all the wrong messages about the US role in the Iranian protest movement,” Sina Toossi, a senior fellow with the Center for International Policy, wrote on Twitter.
October 10, 2022
How Far Could The Iranian Protests Go?
Sina Toossi quoted
“There were a lot of pent-up grievances,” Sina Toossi, a senior nonresident fellow at the Center for International Policy, told HuffPost. “Just across the board, you see economic grievances, political grievances, social freedom grievances.”