Senior Analyst, Iran
Ali Vaez is the International Crisis Group's Senior Analyst, Iran. Before joining ICG, he headed the Iran project at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, DC, focusing on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. Trained as a scientist, Vaez has more than a decade of experience in journalism, including as a foreign correspondent for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Switzerland. He has written widely on Iranian affairs and is a regular contributor to media outlets such as BBC TV and Radio, CNN, National Public Radio, and Reuters. His work has appeared in the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, Huffington Post, The Atlantic, and The National, among others. Vaez was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University from 2008 to 2010 and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Geneva and a master's degree from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He has lived in the Middle East, North America and Europe, and speaks Persian, French, and English.
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