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Ariane Tabatabai

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Cambridge, MA, 02138

Ariane Tabatabai

Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Contact:
Fax: 617-496-0606
Email: ariane_tabatabai@hks.harvard.edu

 

Experience

Ariane Tabatabai is a pre-doctoral Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow in the Belfer Center's International Security Program and Project at Managing the Atom and a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of War Studies at King's College London. Her research addresses the strategic implications of the legality of nuclear weapons under Islamic law. Her research interests include international and regional security, nuclear proliferation, arms control, terrorism, and Islamic law. 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. She is a non-resident Research Associate with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. She is fluent in Persian and French.

 

 

By Date

 

2014

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July 10, 2014

"Five Myths about Iran's Nuclear Program"

Op-Ed, Boston Globe

By Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Many states in the region, especially those that have been vocal in their criticism of Iran's nuclear program, feel threatened not by the prospects of a nuclear Iran, but by Iranian-Western rapprochement. Political and economic isolation have helped states like Saudi Arabia, who fear losing their military, economic, and political ties and privileges with the United States. After all, Tehran and Washington did have close relations prior to 1979 and, given that the two countries have a lot in common, they could develop ties again."

 

 

June 5, 2014

"Meeting Iran's Nuclear Fuel Supply Needs"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Dina Esfandiary and Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Moscow...has a history of manipulating energy supplies for political ends. It used the suspension and threat of suspension of gas supplies to put pressure on its neighbors, including Ukraine. That means it is reasonable for Tehran to have concerns about Russia's trustworthiness as a partner on Bushehr. And unlike some other countries, Iran doesn't have the option of turning to multiple foreign providers, and doesn't believe that it is likely anyone will come to its rescue if Russia doesn't deliver.

 

 

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Summer 2014

"Building a Network of Young Arms Control Experts"

Newsletter Article, Belfer Center Newsletter

By Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

The Middle East Network of Arms Control Specialists (MENACS) aims to bring together young professionals who work on arms control and regional security issues from the Middle East to promote a better understanding of arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament in the region, and to facilitate indigenous processes and expertise. The network was the idea of Chen Zak, the Middle East project manager at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, and a former research fellow with the Belfer Center.

 

 

April 11, 2014

"Beyond the Summits: The Way Forward for Nuclear Security in the Middle East"

Op-Ed, Nuclear Security Matters

By Nilsu Goren and Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"This short piece provides a number of recommendations for countries in the region to strengthen nuclear security through a regional process, independent of a global one. In addition to enhancing nuclear security and ensuring that nuclear materials and weapons do not fall into the hands of terrorists, our approach would also help establish confidence and security-building measures in a region that lacks both security and confidence."

 

 

March 25, 2014

"Human Rights and the Iran Nuclear Talks"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Are the nuclear talks are an adequate platform for those human-rights concerns that remain? Probably not. The nuclear talks are complex enough without the addition of an extremely complicated and largely separate issue."

 

 

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February 7, 2014

"Iran's Evolving Nuclear Narrative"

Op-Ed, Iran Matters

By Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Ariane Tabatabai examines the evolution of Iran's nuclear narrative and the ways in which President Rouhani's rhetoric on the issue differs from his predecessor's.

 

 

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February 2, 2014

"Iran and Israel: Beyond Red Lines and Blue Jeans"

Op-Ed

By Aviv Melamud and Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Despite persisting hostilities and much pessimism regarding the prospect of Iran-Israeli relations, easing tensions is a worthwhile endeavor. One of the key challenges en-route to better relations between the two countries lies in their political rhetoric. This has especially been the case in the past few years, with the belligerent rhetoric of former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu."

 

2013

December 23, 2013

"An Israeli and an Iranian on the Way Forward"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Aviv Melamud and Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"Despite these shared characteristics and what could be recognized as common goals, relations between Israel and Iran would not soon lend themselves to cooperation, so much is clear. However, each can take unilateral steps to reduce tension, promote national interests, build confidence and enhance regional security. No such step would likely be identified formally as meaning to serve as reassurance to the other party. Yet, managing expectations will allow the symbolic and concrete uses of such measures not to be negligible."

 

 

November 29, 2013

"Middle East Needs WMD Experts to Push the Cause of Arms Control"

Op-Ed, GlobalPost

By Nilsu Goren, Aviv Melamud, Ibrahim Said Ibrahim and Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

"In an environment where terrorist organizations are active and statehood is fragile, physical protection of WMD materials and facilities is crucial to regional security. The importance of arms control in the Middle East is clear, and the establishment of a WMD-free zone in the region is urgent."

 

 

November 2, 2013

"'Next Generation' Seeks WMD-Free Zone in Middle East"

Op-Ed, Al-Monitor

By Ala Alrababa’h, Nilsu Goren, Karim Kamel, Aviv Melamud and Ariane Tabatabai, Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

The Syrian chemical weapons dismantlement and negotiations with Iran could serve as catalysts for renewed optimism on the viability of the establishment of the WMD-free zone. On the diplomatic front, the designated Finnish facilitator for the Middle East WMD-Free Zone Conference, Undersecretary of State Jaakko Laajava, undertook consultations in Switzerland on Oct. 21, in an attempt to find agreement between regional parties on convening it. The fruitfulness of the consultations — surprisingly attended by all regional parties — indeed constitutes an encouraging step toward the establishment of a WMD-free zone in the Middle East.

 

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