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Abbas Maleki

Associate, International Security Program




Abbas Maleki is assistant professor of political science at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, director of the International Institute for Caspian Studies, and senior associate of the Belfer Center's International Security Program. He was Iran's deputy foreign minister from 1988–1997.



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November 26, 2013

"Seven Implications Of Nuclear Deal For Iran—Analysis"

Op-Ed, Eurasia Review

By Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program

"We must keep our eyes on the future. Iran should abide by the commitments it has accepted as per the recent agreement. [Iranian officials] should not be dismayed by political positions taken and remarks made by certain officials of other countries even if they are against the very spirit of the agreement. Every political official in any country is faced with their own limitations. Therefore, saving the face of the opposite parties should be considered as part of the Iranians' hospitality tradition. It takes long and serious negotiations before the relations between Iran and the United States can be normalized."



July 13, 2013

"Rouhani Stresses Regionalism In Iranian Foreign Policy"

Op-Ed, Al-Monitor

By Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program

"...[T]he region offers Iran great potential to enhance rail and land transport for the exchange of local goods to form new markets. The region can also serve as a major energy hub, specifically with natural gas for Iran, China and Russia. By developing an integrative transportation system inclusive of land, air and sea, Iran could help the region connect with the Indian Ocean, the Sea of Oman and the Caspian Sea. Iran already possesses a large road and rail system that connects Khorasan with its ports in the Persian Gulf, including in Chabahar and Bandar Abbas, which it can lease to its neighbors and derive transit and customs revenues."



October 8, 2012

"Iran, US, and the MEK"

Op-Ed, Iran Review

By Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program and Cyrus Safdari

"The irony of the decision to strip the MKO of its terrorist designation should be apparent when one considers the fact that since 1875, only a small number of Americans have been killed in Iran and of those, all but one were assassinated by the same MKO....No American has been killed in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution."



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August 20, 2012

"Why West Should Curb Hostility To Non-Aligned Summit in Tehran"

Op-Ed, Al-Monitor

By Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program and Kaveh L. Afrasiabi

"...[T]he various implications of the NAM summit and Iran's NAM presidency — for regional stability, conflict mediation and a greater Iranian role as a responsible international actor, among others — need to be taken into consideration in the West, as part and parcel of a more prudent and nuanced Western approach toward Iran, instead of one that is dependent on coercive diplomacy."



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June 11, 2012

"Iran Nuclear Talks: What to Do in Moscow"

Op-Ed, The Huffington Post

By John Tirman and Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program

"...[S]hould the negotiations fail, a war with Iran would be catastrophic. The United States has not only been down that road with Iraq, but now is a fragile moment in many Arab countries, in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well, where a war against Iran could produce enormous repercussions — boosting the prospects of the most militant factions — which last for a generation or more. A war would also spike oil prices to all-time highs and demolish hopes for economic recovery here, Europe, Japan, and indeed everywhere else."



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May 21, 2012

"How To Avoid a War with Iran"

Op-Ed, Foreign Policy

By Matthew Bunn, Professor of Practice; Co-Principal Investigator, Project on Managing the Atom and Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program

Observers would be forgiven for dismissing negotiations over Iran's nuclear program as Kabuki theater. Despite years of on-again, off-again efforts, after all, fears of war continue to simmer. Such frustrations are understandable -- but they may not be entirely justified.



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April 30, 2012

"Iran, Netanyahu and the Holocaust"

Op-Ed, Veterans Today

By Arshin Adib-Moghaddam and Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program

"There are Stars of David publicly displayed in Tehran of course, for instance on the walls and signs of the Beheshtieh Jewish cemetery where dozens of holocaust victims are buried.  In Tehran today there are 18 synagogues, several kosher butchers, Jewish schools and a Jewish hospital. Comparable conditions exist in other cities with a sizeable Jewish community. The situation for all minorities in Iran is far from perfect, but the Islamic Republic guarantees the political representation of the Jewish community in the Iranian parliament, a political right that is codified in the Iranian constitution."



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Winter 2010

"Iran's Nuclear File: Recommendations for the Future"

Journal Article, Daedalus, issue 1, volume 139

By Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program

"An ambitious reinvigoration of the grand bargain that was struck 40 years ago in the NPT is needed to usher in a new era of cooperation on preventing proliferation. The renewed grand bargain will need to combine steps that can be taken immediately alongside a vision for the longer term. It will also need to draw in states that are not parties to the NPT. Rather than rushing toward confrontation, with all its risks, all sides must put historic antipathies aside and find face-saving solutions. To give the Iranian advocates of compromise a chance to succeed, the United States and the other major powers need to put offers on the table that will show the people of Iran that nuclear restraint and compliance will put their nation on a path toward peace and prosperity."



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January 29, 2009

"Iran's Islamic Revolution and Its Future"

Journal Article, Viewpoints, The Iranian Revolution at 30 Special Edition

By Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program

"Regime sustainability despite different internal crises and foreign threats underlines the fact that Iran enjoys a relatively rational decision-making process. The central slogan of the Iranian Revolution was "Independence, Freedom, and Islamic Republic." Today, Iran is an independent state, as it does not belong to an Eastern or a Western bloc. Although the country has not realized its ambition of economic independence, the revolution has provided economic welfare. Rural development has improved people's lives by providing villages with water, electricity, and infrastructure. The essence of independence also
referred to the specific relations between the Iranian monarchy and the United States. The US-sponsored 1953 coup against the popular Muhammad Mosaddeq government made Iran an American client state, leading to Iranian dependence in all aspects."



November 2007

"Energy Supply and Demand in Eurasia: Cooperation between EU and Iran"

Journal Article, China and Eurasia Forum Quarterly, issue 4, volume 5

By Abbas Maleki, Associate, International Security Program

Energy diversification has emerged as one of the most important priorities for a majority of the European countries and the EU. Growing energy demand in Europe combined with a high reliance on Russia as an energy producer have led the EU to look to the Caspian Sea region for alternative energy resources, especially in natural gas. Iran has the 2nd largest natural gas reserves in the world and could assist Europe in diversifying supplies. This article argues that there is substantial potential for energy cooperation between Iran and the European countries, particularly Turkey. Increased Iranian participation in the Eurasian energy market, both as consumer and producer, could lead to other benefits including economic development and more efficient energy extraction.

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