Maseh Zarif

Director of Congressional Relations


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 interests. His recent work has focused on the role of Congress in countering the threat posed by Chinese Communist Party-controlled China and in supporting Ukraine’s defense against Russian aggression.

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 oversaw government affairs, policy outreach, and media engagement. Prior to that, Maseh served as a professional staff member on the Homeland Security Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, advising the committee’s chairman and supporting policy oversight and legislative initiatives. Before 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 Middle East security threats. He has published in various outlets, including The Wall Street Journal and the websites of CNN, Defense One, 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.

Follow him on Twitter @masehz.

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