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Vaez,  Ali  

Full Name:  Vaez,  Ali  
Program Name: National Security
Title: Fellow for Science and Technology
Phone Number: (202) 454-4677
Fax: (202) 675-1010
Email: [email protected]


Ali Vaez joined FAS in July of 2011 as a Fellow for Science and Technology and director of the Iran Project. He has more than a decade of experience in journalism. He was a foreign correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Switzerland and has authored numerous articles and opinion pieces for both print and online media.

At FAS, Vaez directs the Iran project, focusing on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs, researching options for enhanced safeguards on Iran’s nuclear activities and advocating positive sum diplomacy in resolving the standoff between Iran and the West. At the biosecurity program, he manages the Innovative Outreach Project with the goal to educate scientists and the general public about the biosecurity risks of specific pathogens and commonly used model organisms in biological research.

Vaez holds a Ph.D. in biotechnology from the University of Geneva in Switzerland. From 2008 to 2010, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard Medical School. Ali is also a graduate of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where he received a master’s degree in International Public Policy. 



2011 December 2:  "A Conversation with an Expert - Iran's Nuclear Program" 


2012 February 29, CNN - Global Public Square Blog: "Why Iran Sanctions Won't Work"
2012 January 13, The Atlantic: "Killing Iranian Nuclear Scientists Is Counterproductive and Wrong"
2012 January 4, Foreign Policy: "Supreme Loser" 
2011 November 18, Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: "Seyed Houssein Mousavian: The West is Pushing Iran in the Wrong Direction"
2011 November 10, The Atlantic: "It's Not Too Late to Peacefully Keep Iran From the Bomb"
2011 October 26, Huffington Post: "Washington Should Not Let the New Iran Crisis Go To Waste"
2011 October 6, FAS Special Report"Towards Enhanced Safeguards for Iran's Nuclear Program"
2011 September 29, International Herald Tribune"An Iran Offer Worth Considering"
2011 September 14, The National: Behind the Scenes Politics at Play in Ahmadinejad's Trip
2011 September 13, The Atlantic: On Iran's Nuclear Program, Science Contradicts Rhetoric 
2011 September 11, Foreign Policy: Waiting for Bushehr
2011 April 1, The AtlanticWill Fukushima Force Iran to Reconsider Nuclear Program? 
2011 January 24, Foreign PolicyWhy Tunisians Succeeded But Iranians Faltered  


In the News:

2012 March 5, USA Today: "Analysts: Iran Sanctions Unlikely to Force Regime Change"
2012 February 29, The Atlantic: "The Case for Letting Iran (Almost) Build a Bomb"
2012 February 24, CNN - Global Public Square Blog: "Decoding Iran's Conflicting Signals"
2012 February 17, The Atlantic"The Media's 'Iran is a Wild and Crazy State' Frame"
2012 February 17, Inside Iran: "Q & A: Iran Hopes Claims of Nuclear Advances Demonstrate Strength Ahead of Negotiations"
2012 January 27, Voice of America: "Iran's Nuclear Program" (Persian) Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
2012 January 18, Reuters"Not-so-covert Iran War Buys West Time, Raises Tension"
2012 January 13, Reuters: "West Sceptical of Iranian Nuclear Cooperation" 
2012 January 4, Reuters: "Nuclear Test Won't Hasten Iran Bomb"
2011 December 14, National Public Radio: "Mysterious Events Leave Tehran Feeling Under Siege"
2011 November 29, Reuters: "For Iran, the Sanctions Price May be Worth Paying"
2011 November 17, Nature: "Iran's Nuclear Plan Revealed - Report Paints Detailed Picture of Nation's Intention to Build a Warhead"
2011 November 14, Nature: "Iran's Nuclear Plan Revealed"
2011 November 13, O Estado de São Paulo: "Relatório Sobre Irã Amplia Cisão Entre Potências" (Brazil)
2011 November 12, Al Jazeera: "Iran: When Newsrooms Go Nuclear"
2011 November 11, Inside Iran: "Q+A: IAEA Report Indicates Iran's Slow Development on Nuclear Program"
2011 November 9, Voice of America: "The New IAEA Report on Iran's Nuclear Program" Part I (Persian)
2011 November 9, Voice of America: "The New IAEA Report on Iran's Nuclear Program" Part II (Persian)
2011 November 7, Reuters: "Q+A: U.N. Report on Iran's Nuclear Program"
2011 October 19, Reuters: "Russia Concerned About Iran Nuclear Report"
2011 October 17, Global Security Newswire: "IAEA Should Release Iran Nuclear Info, U.S. Says"
2011 October 17, Reuters: "Analysis- Iran-U.S. Tension Rising Ahead of Elections"
2011 October 14, Reuters: "'Strong' IAEA Report May Pile Pressure on Iran"
2011 October 14, AFP: "Iran: A Chance to Cut the Nuclear 'Gordian Knot'?"
2011 September 16, National Public Radio: "Iran's Political Infighting Ensnares 2 U.S. Hikers" 
2011 August 10, Voice of America: "Iran's Nuclear Program" (Persian)
2011 August 10, Voice of America: "Russia's Phased Approach to Resolve Nuclear Standoff Between Iran and International Community" (Persian)