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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 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

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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September 23, 2014

"Can Nuclear Talks Overcome Arak?"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

The nuclear program is naturally an important area where Tehran wants to become self-reliant. This is certainly driven by pride and revolutionary ideals, but also by concerns stemming from the country's experience of being denied fuel and technology in the past.

 

 

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September 16, 2014

"How the Iranian Media Distort that Country's Nuclear Lens"

Op-Ed, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

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

"Most Iranians don't care about the right to enrich. Nor do they care how many centrifuges spin in their country. Most are not able to say how many centrifuges are currently operating, or what they think a reasonable number would be in a comprehensive deal. But many Iranians do feel that their country is being treated differently and unfairly by the international community, led by the West."

 

 

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August 25, 2014

"Do Homework Before Supporting Groups in ISIS Fight"

Op-Ed

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

"The United States and several key regional states, including Israel, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey may have very different interests, but they all have a shared interest in better understanding and working together to stop groups that dislike Americans as much as Jews, Persians, Shi’as, secular Muslims, and the Saudi monarchy. They should refrain from empowering and expressing blind support for a group or entity without fully understanding it first."

 

 

August 22, 2014

"How an Iran Hawk Lets IS Off the Hook"

Op-Ed, Real Clear Defense

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

"Iran...may not have been the United States' best friend in the past three and a half decades, but it remains a legitimate nation-state. It has a political system with a series of checks and balances and some level of accountability and debate. Importantly, Iran can be deterred. Ideology is certainly a driver behind Tehran's decision-making, but its national interests dictate much of its actions. These interests in turn do not always converge with those of the United States, nor do they always conflict."

 

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