Max Meizlish is Senior Research Analyst for the Center on Economic and Financial Power (CEFP) at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies. He supports the CEFP team across all research areas, with a particular focus on sanctions designations, tools of economic statecraft, and Treasury-related policy and research.

Max was previously with the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), where he specialized in complex civil investigations across all OFAC sanctions programs. Prior to this, Max adjudicated license applications for OFAC’s Cuba, Transnational Criminal Organizations, and Foreign Narcotics Kingpin programs. Before his government service, Max supported several principals at a premier lobbying firm in Washington, DC, on matters involving foreign assistance, defense, and public relations.

Max holds an M.A. in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University, where he focused on the impact of sanctions on target state economies and decision-making processes. He graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park with a B.A. in government and politics and minors in global terrorism studies and Israel studies.

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