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Alireza Jafarzadeh
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Alireza Jafarzadeh is the author of The Iran Threat: President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis (Palgrave Macmillan, March 2008).

The international concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program has largely arisen from Jafarzadeh’s stunning revelations about more than a dozen major previously secret nuclear sites. Jafarzadeh revealed the existence of Natanz uranium enrichment facility, and Arak's heavy water facility in 2002, Kalaye Electric centrifuge testing facility near Tehran, and Lashkar Ab'ad laser enrichment facility in 2003. His nuclear revelations triggered inspection of Iranian sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2003.

As an accomplished analyst, Jafarzadeh has frequently appeared on major television and radio broadcasts including CBS Evening News, CNN-American Morning, CNN-Lou Dobbs, MSNBC, Fox News, and C-Span. He has published essays in, and been interviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and Christian Science Monitor.

Jafarzadeh has lectured at National War College, Georgetown University, and University of Michigan, and has been a frequent speaker at briefings, hearings and luncheons at the US Congress, and the United Nations.

Until 2003, Jafarzadeh acted for a dozen years as the communications director for the US representative office of Iran’s parliament in exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

Jafarzadeh earned his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, and his Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas, in Austin.

Entries by Alireza Jafarzadeh

What Does Iran Seek From Nuclear Talks in Istanbul? More Talks!

(24) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 10:33 AM

After a year-long suspension, negotiations have once again resumed with the Iranian regime over its nuclear program, and with them hopes have been rekindled once again that this international crisis will be put to rest through diplomatic maneuvering.

But the optimism by some about the success of negotiations is certainly...

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Will the U.S. Troop Withdrawal Leave the Door Wide Open for Iran?

(44) Comments | Posted October 25, 2011 | 6:44 PM

Last week, President Obama announced U.S. plans to remove all troops from Iraq by the end of the year. To no one's surprise, neighboring Iran applauded the decision. As early as 2007, the regime's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had predicted an Iranian power play, saying "Soon,...

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What Ahmadinejad Didn't Say

(60) Comments | Posted September 25, 2011 | 9:02 PM

Once again, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has used the United Nations podium to churn out his misinformation and half-truths. And once again, the American media accepted his invitation for a fancy luncheon afterwards, enabling a ruthless murderer to wage his not-so-charm offensive. Apparently, some media outlets just want Ahmadinejad to...

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Iran's Seat Does Not Belong to Clerical Rulers

(20) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 6:22 PM

On Wednesday, September 21, Iran's state-run media announced that the two American hikers held in Iran, Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal, were being released after more than two years in custody, just in time for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's speech at the UN the following day. Not coincidentally,...

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Accelerating the Persian and Arab Springs

(41) Comments | Posted June 13, 2011 | 3:32 PM

Two years after the June 2009 sham presidential elections in Iran and consequent mass anti-regime uprisings, the honeymoon seems to be over for the regime's beleaguered president. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is now at loggerheads with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who actually secured his "victory" two years ago. Their floundering...

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Tehran's Dilemma in Trying to Have It Both Ways

(14) Comments | Posted March 9, 2011 | 12:13 PM

To no one's surprise, the regime ruling Iran is watching the unrest in the Middle East and North Africa, searching for a way to exploit the outcomes to its advantage. At the same time, Tehran is, and should be, worried about the images of falling dictators impacting on Iran's population,...

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Tehran's Strategic Defeat in Iraq

(17) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 7:59 AM

The March 7 parliamentary elections have heralded a new era for Iraq, pushing aside the incumbent Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki and officials with ties to Iran while opening way for a new slate of politicians hoping to mend serious sectarian divides. But, as a U.S. military official in Iraq told...

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Still Time to Save Iraq From Tehran's Claws

(5) Comments | Posted March 5, 2010 | 1:16 AM

The dark shadow of Iran looms over the March 7 parliamentary elections in Iraq, whose implications extend beyond determining a new political configuration in Baghdad. From Tehran to Washington - and many Arab capitals in between - the elections could prove a defining moment.

At first glance, the post-election...

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How to Stop Iran's Nuclear Threat

(42) Comments | Posted March 1, 2010 | 2:09 PM

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, in its most recent report in February, declared for the first time that they have obtained extensive evidence that "raises concerns about the possible existence in Iran of past or current undisclosed activities related to the development of a nuclear...

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Golden Opportunity for President Obama

(141) Comments | Posted February 19, 2010 | 3:18 PM

In a recent panel discussion on the future of the anti-regime uprisings in Iran, I was approached by a fellow Iranian, who told me of his participation in an anti-Shah rally. Back then, almost everyone, from President Jimmy Carter to most pundits, discounted the 1978 popular protests as a minor...

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