Member, Foreign Affairs Committee
Ali Safavi is a member of Iran’s Parliament in Exile, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and President of Near East Policy Research (NEPR), a consulting and policy analysis firm in Washington, DC.
A sociologist by career, Safavi studied and taught at UCLA, California State University Los Angeles and University of Michigan from 1972 until 1981.
An activist during the anti-Shah student movement in the 1970s in the US, Safavi has been involved in Iranian affairs since then and has lectured and written extensively on issues related to Iran, Iraq, terrorism, nuclear proliferation, and the political process in the Middle East.
A dozen of his articles have been published in various books and periodicals, including, “Who is Khatami?,” “Beware of Misnomers in Iran,” “Iran’s Foreign Policy Under the Clerical Regime,” “Soccer Diplomacy,” and “Missing the Mark on Iran.”
Safavi has worked on translating and editing several books, including “Women Against Fundamentalism (Seven Locks Press; 2013), “Enemies of the Ayatollahs (Zed Books; 2003)”, “Crimes Against Humanity (2000),” “Misogyny in Power (1998)”, Democracy Betrayed (1995), “Women, Islam and Fundamentalism (1995), and “Islamic Fundamentalism: The New Global Threat, (Seven Locks Press, 1993).”
Safavi has been invited to many panels to speak on the situation in the Middle East and Iran’s nefarious interference in neighboring countries, most recently a panel discussion hosted by New York University in Washington, DC in March 2015. He has also held several press conferences to discuss Iran’s missile and nuclear programs, including at the British Parliament in London in December 2004, in Brussels, Belgium, in September 2005 and in Vienna, Austria, in October the same year.
He has appeared on many television and radio interviews, including CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CBS, NBC, CBC, The BBC, Sky TV, Newsmax Television,Wall Street Live, Al-Arabiya, Al-Jazeera, France’s Antenne 2, France-24, ITN, BBC radio, Deutche Welle, and ORF of Austria.
His articles and commentaries have been published in major media outlets, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, The Botosn Herald, The Washington Times, The Huffington Post, The McClatchy Newspapers, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, and The Financial Times, among others.
Safavi’s older brother, Hossein, a US-educated aerospace engineer from Northrop University in California, was executed by the current Iranian regime in 1981 for his opposition to their repressive policies. He was 29.