Maseh Zarif is a director of congressional relations at FDD Action. In this capacity, he develops and advocates for effective policies to promote U.S. national security and defend free nations.
A national security and foreign affairs policy professional with experience in the public and private sectors, Maseh previously was the director of external relations at the Institute for the Study of War, where he managed government affairs, communications, and policy outreach for a research team focused on issues ranging from the conflict in Syria to Russia’s global campaigns.
Prior to that, Maseh served as a professional staff member on the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. In this capacity, Maseh advised the committee’s chairman and supported its oversight and legislative initiatives. Prior to his service in Congress, Maseh was the deputy director of the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project, where he helped manage a team of analysts and conducted research on Iran and other threats to U.S. interests emanating from the Middle East. He has written on U.S. policy issues in various outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and the websites of CNN, The Hill, and Fox News. Maseh earned an M.A. in Liberal Studies with a concentration in International Affairs from Georgetown University and a B.B.A. in Finance from James Madison University. Born in Afghanistan, Maseh immigrated with his family to the United States in 1989.