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Ariane Tabatabai

Ariane Tabatabai

Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Contact:
Email: ariane_tabatabai@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Ariane Tabatabai is an associate in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and Project at Managing the Atom, a visiting assistant professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service's Security Studies Program, and a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Previously, she was a nonresident research associate with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. She was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at the Belfer Center in 2013–2014.

Her work has appeared in the Financial Times, the Boston Globe, the National Interest, Haaretz, Al-Monitor, etc. Her commentary can be found on NPR, BBC, Al-Jazeera, Bloomberg News, etc. She is expected to receive her Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London in winter 2015. She holds an M.A. in International Peace and Security with Distinction from King's College London and a double B.A. in Political Science and Cinema and Cultural Studies cum laude from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

 

 

By Date

 

2015

March 20, 2015

"Don't Let Fears of a 'Bad' Nuclear Deal with Iran Kill a Good One"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Some US allies, meanwhile—in particular Saudi Arabia and Israel—object to a deal not so much because of the substance of what's on the table as because it would end the status quo. They fear that Tehran, politically and economically isolated for more than a decade, would resume relations with the West, leading them to lose their privileged place in the region vis-à-vis Washington"

 

 

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March 11, 2015

"Where Does the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Stand on Nuclear Negotiations?"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Travelers to Iran are often surprised to see the country's infrastructure. Tehran doesn't look like the capital of a state that has been under sanctions for more than three decades. Its three-level bridges, long underground tunnels, metro, and highways even put some US cities to shame, for which Iranians have the IRGC to thank. The paramilitary organization has turned obstacle into opportunity by becoming a major economic player, picking up business where the private sector hasn't been able to deliver because of sanctions."

 

 

February 13, 2015

"How Iranian Strikes Against Islamic State Have Strengthened Tehran"

Op-Ed, Middle East Eye

By Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"This campaign aims to reassure Iranians that their government has everything under control, and that the instability in Iraq does not threaten their own security. Iraqi stability is an important concern for Iranians, many of whom remember the devastating Iran-Iraq War in the 1980s. For many, the war confirmed that Iran couldn't count on anyone but itself to ensure the security of its borders."

 

 

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February 13, 2015

"Where Does Iran's Supreme Leader Really Stand on Nuclear Negotiations?"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Khamenei is arguably the single most important voice on Iran's nuclear program.... But his latest speech is yet another ringing endorsement of the Rouhani government's nuclear policy. His support for Zarif's negotiating team in particular is stronger than ever and comes at a time when, according to the team itself, the talks are at their most fragile and sensitive stage."

 

 

January 2015

"Iran's ISIS Policy"

Journal Article, International Affairs, issue 1, volume 91

By Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

This article assesses Iran's strategy in dealing with the threat of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It examines the implications of the rise of ISIS in Iran's immediate neighbourhood for Tehran's policies in Syria and Iraq and investigates how each of these countries affects Iranian national interests. It provides an overview of the major events marking Iran and Iraq's relations in the past few decades and discusses the strategic importance of Iraq for Iran, by looking at the two countries' energy, economic and religious ties. It also considers Iran's involvement in Syria since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.

 

 

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January 14, 2015

"How Much Monitoring of Iranian Nuclear Facilities is Enough?"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Are current inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) enough? Or should Iran allow its nuclear program to be subject to more monitoring?

 

2014

December 18, 2014

"What it Will Take for Iran Nuclear Talks to Succeed"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"In the next seven months, the key challenge will be to manage domestic audiences on both sides. While Rouhani and his delegation are strengthened by Khamenei's support, the Obama administration is going to be challenged by the new Congress. This could prove detrimental to the talks."

 

 

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November 24, 2014

"The Deeper Meaning of the Iran Nuclear Talks: ISIS, the Middle East and Beyond"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"ISIS cannot be defeated with airstrikes, and that's all the West seems prepared to do. The coalition needs local and regional support. It must be prepared to send in large numbers of ground forces for a long time. Only Iran will be both able and willing to do that."

 

 

November 20, 2014

"A Nuclear Deal with Iran is Best for Israel"

Op-Ed, The Times of Israel

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"In the past few years, the threat of an Israeli attack became a major concern for many Iranians. For them, that's a terrifying prospect. The last time Iran was involved in a war, it was a devastating one, lasting eight years, involving the use of chemical weapons against it, targeting of Iranian cities with missiles, and leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people. But aside from the humanitarian and economic costs, the war also had a key political implication, one lasting to this day. The regime of the newly founded Islamic Republic was consolidated by the war. At the end of the war, thousands of people were executed, while many more fled the country."

 

 

www.kremlin.ru

November 20, 2014

"Failure to Reach a Nuclear Deal will Drive Iran into Russia's Arms"

Op-Ed, Financial Times

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"This isolation has left Tehran no option but to turn to Moscow. And, as relations between the US and Russia have deteriorated, the Middle Eastern state has the scope to become an evermore decisive and divisive factor."

 

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