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Ariane Tabatabai

Ariane Tabatabai

Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

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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

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."

 

 

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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."

 

 

November 18, 2014

"How Does Religion Really Influence Iranian Nuclear Policy?"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"It's true that the regime sometimes makes decisions that seem irrational to outside observers. But this is not generally due to religious belief but rather to the fact that the regime's interests and the national interest do not align—for example, Iran and Israel have many common strategic interests, yet Tehran has adopted anti-Israeli rhetoric and policies since the 1979 revolution. This stance may not serve national interests, but it certainly advances the Islamic Republic's interest in a strong, external-enemy narrative."

 

 

November 6, 2014

"Bringing Iran into the Nuclear Security Summit"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom and Miles A Pomper

"Iran would join a group of six other Middle Eastern states at the summit—Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The meeting would thus provide a forum for these countries to engage on nuclear security issues, a rare and much-needed opportunity for the region. Currently, there are few venues where the Arab states, Iran, Israel, and Turkey can meet to constructively discuss anything."

 

 

October 27, 2014

"Hitting the Sweet Spot: How Many Iranian Centrifuges?"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"Tehran has made it clear that its goal is to have industrial-scale enrichment. But while fixing a clear and concrete goal, Khamenei's speech also gave a lot of room for his negotiating team to maneuver. This part of the speech was lost in translation in the United States."

 

 

October 13, 2014

"Does it Matter if Iran Developed Nuclear Weapons at Parchin?"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"Last week, an explosion at the Iranian military complex known as Parchin drew even more attention to the site, already one of the most contentious in the country's nuclear dossier. Since satellite imagery of the October 5 blast surfaced on the Internet, it has been pored over by non-proliferation experts and provoked ill-informed analysis by Iran hawks."

 

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