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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, Foreign Policy, the National InterestHaaretz, etc.  She is a frequent media commentator on nuclear issues in English, French, and Persian, on such outlets as NPR, the BBC, Al-Jazeera, and France24. She received her Ph.D. in War Studies from King's College London. 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

U.S. State Dept Photo

May 21, 2015

"The Divided Front Negotiating with Iran"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"The P5+1, as the group has come to be known, is the official party negotiating with Iran, but it can really be divided into two camps. The Western side is composed of the United States and its European partners: France, Germany, and the United Kingdom. China and Russia are the non-Western parties to the talks. Though they all share the goal of preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, each of these actors also has its own agenda. Their respective interests are political, strategic, and economic."

 

 

April 28, 2015

"Why an Iran Deal Won't Lead to Nuclear Proliferation"

Op-Ed, Washington Post, Monkey Cage Blog

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

"Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan and the UAE are all dependent on foreign suppliers and expertise for their programs. They lack the human capacity for the programs. Foreign involvement makes it difficult, though not impossible, to covertly develop a nuclear weapon. This means that suppliers also need to do their due diligence and ensure that buyers use their equipment for purely peaceful purposes."

 

 

April 22, 2015

"Why Nuclear Dominoes Won't Fall in the Middle East"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"On their own, civilian nuclear programs do not necessarily imply a military threat. Under the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), member countries are allowed to pursue civilian nuclear programs. Because of a growing energy demand, many countries in the Middle East are exploring nuclear power as part of their energy mix. While some, including the United Arab Emirates, have succeeded in starting civilian nuclear power programs, others face serious financing and technical capacity issues."

 

 

April 16, 2015

"Safety—The Overlooked Crucial Issue in Iranian Nuclear Negotiations"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"The Middle East's only operating nuclear power plant, Bushehr, is located in Iran's south, close to the Persian Gulf. The rest of the eight reactors Tehran has planned will also be built in the area. This means that any safety breach would not only affect Iran's population, but also have cross-border implications."

 

 

April 14, 2015

The Nuclear Framework Agreement and China-Iran Relations

Media Feature

By Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom and Tong Zhao, Former Stanton Nuclear Security Predoctoral Fellow, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom, 2013–2014

Iran and its P5+1 negotiating partners reached a groundbreaking framework agreement on Tehran's nuclear program in early April. In this podcast, Carnegie's Tong Zhao and Ariane Tabatabai discussed the agreement, follow-up talks on technical details, and China's relations with Iran.

 

 

April 11, 2015

"Mission Impossible: Iran Is Too Powerful to Contain"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

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

"...U.S. and Iranian strategic interests align on some key issues, including the fight against ISIS and the postcombat mission era in Afghanistan....Today, Tehran is the only actor involved that has enough at stake in Iraq to be willing and able to send in ground troops, should the need arise. In Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia was one of three countries to recognize the Taliban as an official government. But Iran has and continues to want the Taliban out of the picture, as does Washington."

 

 

Fars News Agency

April 10, 2015

"The 'Smiling Minister' and the Quds Commander: The Two Faces of Iran"

Op-Ed, The Diplomat

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

"Zarif and Soleimani have little in common. Their background, families, education, the files they handle, and their approaches are different. The cameras capture one's handshakes with the West's foreign ministers in Vienna, Geneva, and Lausanne, and the other talking with fighters in the dusty battlefields of Iraq. But considered together, these two men symbolize Iranian foreign policy more than three decades after the revolution."

 

 

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April 4, 2015

"Don't Fear the Hard-Liners"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

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

"...[P]opular support, the ayatollah and the IRGC's cautious endorsements, and Zarif's efforts to set the terms of this round of debate early on mean that hard-line criticism from Tehran will likely be contained to a few scathing editorials, harsh statements, and attempts to undermine the negotiating team but no major efforts at sabotage. If only Congress were so predictable."

 

 

April 2, 2014

"Is The Iran Nuclear Framework Agreement A Good Deal?"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By Nick Robins-Early and Ariane Tabatabai, Associate, International Security Program/Project on Managing the Atom

Is the IAEA a strong enough institution to successfully act as a monitor of this deal?

Yes, but the problem is going to be financing. This is a really resource-intensive project. This is two decades of monitoring a number of facilities, and it's going to need a number of people and equipment. It's going to be a resource-intensive process, but that's something that world powers are signing up for, as they'll need to.

 

 

April 2, 2015

"Why the Framework Nuclear Agreement with Iran is Good for Both Sides"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"In the following weeks, the agreement will doubtless receive much criticism. Many will claim that one side or the other made too many concessions. But both sides stand to gain from the framework agreement, which should also be considered a victory for the global nonproliferation regime. Ahead of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference that begins in late April, where no major achievements in nonproliferation are likely to be announced, the framework agreement is a very important success."

 

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