Ethan Azad

Program Assistant, Middle East Policy

Ethan Azad

Ethan Azad was FCNL’s program assistant on Middle East policy for 2020. He worked with FCNL’s legislative team to advance progressive policies on Capitol Hill.

Most recently, Ethan worked as a legislative fellow for Rep. Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), where he was responsible for the congresswoman’s foreign affairs and national security portfolio. At Rep. Tlaib’s office, Ethan focused on the ongoing human rights crisis in Jammu and Kashmir, and coordinated with NGOs and congressional offices to promote reforms to the Patriot Act that would protect Americans' constitutional rights. Prior, he worked at the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), the largest grassroots organization for Iranian-Americans who support their pro-peace, pro-diplomacy, and anti-war message.

Ethan’s passion for foreign affairs stems from the experience of witnessing his loved ones abroad bear the impact of U.S. economic sanctions while being barred from entering the U.S. because of the Trump administration’s discriminatory Muslim ban.

Ethan graduated from the University of California – San Diego with a major in international business.

Articles by Ethan Azad

Background Sanctions and COVID-19 Are Changing Iran 

I have been fortunate to regularly travel to Iran since my childhood. I have seen how living conditions have improved and how social restrictions have gradually been loosened.

Update Sanctions Hurt Innocent Civilians and the Global Struggle against COVID-19 

On March 11, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak to be a global pandemic. In the U.S., the concerned public responded by stocking up on supplies, leaving grocery store aisles empty of rice, eggs, and yes, toilet paper.