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Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
Istanbul, Turkey

Crisis Group Role

Ali Vaez is Crisis Group's Senior Iran analyst based in Istanbul. Consulting closely with all sides in the nuclear negotiations for the past few years, he led Crisis Group’s efforts in helping to bridge the gaps between Iran and the P5+1 and is renowned as one of the foremost experts on Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

Professional Background

Before joining Crisis Group, he headed the Iran project at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, DC. 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. He 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

26 Apr 2017
American officials habitually discuss the issue [of U.S. prisoners] with their Iranian counterparts on the sidelines of nuclear-related meetings, but [their] fate is not in the hands of foreign ministry officials. Los Angeles Times

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
19 Apr 2017
Both the administration and Congress have realized that killing a deal [with Iran] would put the United States in a weaker, not stronger, position to reshape Iran’s regional policies. Al-Monitor

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
12 Apr 2017
Ahmadinejad knows full well that his candidacy is an affront to Khamenei who had publicly barred him from running. Disqualifying Ahmadinejad is hard, but not impossible. Reuters

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
5 Apr 2017
[The Trump administration's] hostile posture toward Iran, combined with incoming congressional sanctions, could eventually erode the nuclear accord. The Wall Street Journal

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
17 Mar 2017
It is very unlikely that [Iran's political] system disqualifies Rouhani [from reelection]. Doing so amid concerns over Trump’s policy toward Iran could add instability to uncertainty. The Los Angeles Times

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran
10 Feb 2017
With the [Iran nuclear] deal in jeopardy, the system will be in vital need of Rouhani’s team of smiling diplomats and economic technocrats to shift the blame to the U.S. and keep Iran's economy afloat. Reuters

Ali Vaez

Senior Analyst, Iran

Latest Updates

Trump Can’t Deal With Iran If He Doesn’t Understand It

Tweets about putting Iran "ON NOTICE" are no replacement for appreciating the sources of Iranian conduct in the Middle East.

Originally published in Foreign Policy

Trump's Iran Deal Options

Why renegotiation is better than repudiation.

Originally published in Foreign Affairs

Taking the Lead

Originally published in Berlin Policy Journal