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Policy Director

Ryan Costello joined NIAC in April 2013 as a Policy Fellow and currently serves as Policy Director.  In this role, Ryan directs NIAC’s policy team in its work to influence policymakers, monitor legislation, conduct research and writing, and coordinate advocacy efforts.

Prior to joining NIAC, Ryan served as a Program Associate at the Connect U.S. Fund where he focused on nuclear non-proliferation policy.  In that role, he coordinated the Fissile Materials Working Group, a coalition of 70 domestic and international organizations dedicated to preventing nuclear terrorism.  Ryan graduated from American University’s School of International Service with a Master of Arts in U.S. Foreign Policy, and from Ursinus College where he majored in history and international relations.

Ryan’s work has been published in The National Interest, Defense OneThe Huffington Post, The Hill, Roll Call, Lobelog and many other outlets.

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April 1, 2020

By Ryan Costello The COVID-19 outbreak in Iran is a disaster for the Iranian people, with thousands already dead, tens of thousands more infected, and medical professionals working around the clock at profound risk to save as many lives as they can. Any American living through the pandemic should be able to sympathize, knowing that […]

March 23, 2020

By Ryan Costello and Shervin Ghaffari While the world continues to grapple with the Coronavirus outbreak, another crisis has been brewing below the radar in Iraq that threatens to plunge the U.S. and Iran into a disastrous war. In January, rocket attacks on U.S. military bases led to a major escalation, culminating in the assassination […]

January 7, 2020

By Ryan Costello This week will be critical for Congress to stop President Trump’s march to war with Iran following the US killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Here are ten of the top reasons why Congress needs to take action and stop this reckless President from leading us into an ugly regional war: 1. […]

January 4, 2020

By Ryan Costello President Trump ordering the killing of Qassem Soleimani is troubling on several fronts. The assassination has been treated as an act of war in Iran, uniting disparate political factions after a brutal crackdown on protesters in November. Now, U.S. forces are on a state of high alert across the region, with many […]

January 3, 2020

By Ryan Costello It is hard to contemplate a more reckless act than the assassination of Qassem Soleimani, one of Iran’s top military leaders and by some accounts Iran’s most popular public figure. Yet that is what was just ordered by President Trump and carried out by U.S. forces operating near Baghdad International Airport, a […]

September 24, 2019

By Ryan Costello It has been more than two and a half years since Trump imposed a Muslim ban, and two years to the day since the third iteration of the ban was introduced. Tens of thousands have been impacted every year it has been in place, with many families separated by a ban that […]