Ali Vaez

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran

Crisis Group Role

Ali Vaez is Crisis Group’s Iran Project Director and Senior Adviser to the President. He led Crisis Group’s efforts in helping to bridge the gaps between Iran and the P5+1 that led to the landmark 2015 nuclear deal. Previously, he served as a Senior Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs and was the Iran Project Director at the Federation of American Scientists. He is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and a Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

Professional Background

Trained as a scientist, Vaez has more than a decade of experience in journalism. He has written widely on Iranian affairs and is a regular contributor to mainstream media outlets, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy and Foreign Affairs. He is a frequent guest on CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera and NPR. 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.

Languages

  • Persian
  • French
  • English

In The News

30 जनवरी 2024
While there is no political space in Washington for engagement with Iran in an election year, diplomacy is the only approach that has reined Iran in. France24

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran
12 जनवरी 2024
It was completely foreseeable that the longer the Gaza war drags on, the higher the risks of escalation and regional conflagration. Reuters

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran
8 डिसेम्बर 2023
There are so many points of tension [between the Houthis and Iran]. The longer the [Gaza] war goes on, the bigger the risk of tensions getting completely out of control. The New York Times

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran
29 नोभेम्बर 2023
There is a limit to how far Iran and Saudi Arabia can go in de-escalating tensions between themselves if the entire region is ablaze because of the war in Gaza. Bloomberg

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran
1 नोभेम्बर 2023
For nearly four decades, Iran’s forward defense policy has protected its own soil against foreign attacks. The conflict in Gaza is [now] testing the limits of that policy... The New York Times

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran
9 अक्टूबर 2023
The US has very little to gain by escalating against Iran amid this Israeli-Palestinian conflict. AFP

Ali Vaez

Senior Adviser to the President & Project Director, Iran

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