Holly Dagres is a nonresident fellow with the Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. Currently based in Jerusalem, she is also the editor of Scowcroft Center’s IranSource blog and curator for the weekly newsletter, The Iranist.

Holly regularly conducts interviews including BBC News, CNN, Fox NewsNBC News, the New York Times, and Washington Post. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Al-Monitor, Atlantic CouncilCarnegie Endowment for International Peace, Foreign Policy, and the Huffington Post. Holly has been interviewed in Persian (Farsi) as well.

Holly is often called upon to consult for foreign governments and private entities, including investors and rights groups. She is also invited to speak at K-12 schools to share her knowledge of the Middle East and growing up in Iran.

Holly’s degrees include a master’s in political science from the American University in Cairo and a bachelor’s in political science and French from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently a member of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and the Iranian American Women’s Foundation (IAWF).

Born in Los Angeles to an Iranian immigrant mother and American father, Holly spent her adolescent years in Iran, from 1999 to 2006, during which time she graduated from Tehran International School. She is currently working on a memoir about her experiences.

 Holly speaking about Iran at a Jerusalem Press Club event. (Real Jerusalem Streets)

Holly speaking about Iran at a Jerusalem Press Club event. (Real Jerusalem Streets)