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Alireza Jafarzadeh

Deputy Director

Alireza Jafarzadeh is the Deputy Director of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. He is also the author of The Iran Threat (Palgrave MacMillan; New York 2008), and president of Strategic Policy Consulting.

Jafarzadeh is an Iranian policy expert who has been on the forefront of efforts to ensure that the Iranian regime does not acquire a nuclear weapon. In 2002 and 2003, his work lead to the critical discoveries of illicit nuclear development sites inside Iran including the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, the Arak heavy water facility, the Kalaye Electric centrifuge testing facility near Tehran, and the Lashkar Ab’ad laser enrichment facility. These revelations triggered, for the first time, inspection of Iranian sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In addition to being a vocal opponent of a nuclear-armed Iran, Alireza Jafarzadeh has been an advocate for democracy and human rights. His expertise has made him an accomplished analyst, who has frequently appeared on major television and radio broadcasts including CBS Evening NewsCNN-American MorningCNNHeadlineMSNBCCNBCFox NewsFox BusinessC-SpanBloomberg TVWall Street Journal TVFrance 24AP TV, and Bloomberg radio.

In addition, his insights have been featured in New York TimesWashington PostChicago TribuneBaltimore SunLos Angeles TimesWall Street JournalUSA TodayPhiladelphia InquirerTimeChristian Science MonitorBoston GlobeNewsdayNew York PostThe HillRoll CallHuffington PostWashington TimesFinancial TimesMcClatchyIndependent Journal ReviewLe MondeSpiegelAssociated PressReutersAFP, and UPI.

Jafarzadeh was the keynote speaker for the class of 2007 and 2008 at the National War College. In addition, he has lectured at Georgetown University, George Washington University, George Mason University, University of Michigan, and the University of Baltimore and has been a frequent speaker at briefings, panels, hearings and luncheons at the US Congress, the United Nations, Chicago Council on Global Affairs, John’s Hopkins University, American University, National Young Leaders Conference, and the Newsmaker Program at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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. Prior to coming to the United States, he studied at Sharif University of Technology in Tehran.