Biography

Biography of Alireza Jafarzadeh

Alireza Jafarzadeh is the author of The Iran Threat (Palgrave MacMillan; New York 2008), and president of Strategic Policy Consulting, Inc. In 2013, he became the Deputy Director of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

The international concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program has largely arisen from the Iranian resistance’s stunning revelations about dozens of major previously secret nuclear sites. Jafarzadeh revealed the existence of Natanz uranium enrichment facility, and Arak’s heavy water facility in August 2002, Kalaye Electric centrifuge testing facility near Tehran, and Lashkar Ab’ad laser enrichment facility in 2003. The nuclear revelations in August 2002 triggered, for the first time, inspection of Iranian sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In September 2010, Mr. Jafarzadeh exposed yet another secret uranium enrichment site 120 km west of Tehran under construction deep in the mountains. In April 2011, in a press conference in Washington, Alireza Jafarzadeh revealed a new nuclear site, known as TABA, where Iran has been secretly building centrifuge parts. Tehran had to concede to the existence of this site two days later.

In July 2011, Jafarzadeh exposed further details about Iran forming a new organization (SPND) under the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp to concentrate all the activities of the nuclear program to accelerate its bomb making. The State Department designated SPND in 2014.

In February 2015, Jafarzadeh exposed details of yet another underground nuclear site, Lavizan-3, where Iran has been clandestinely doing research and development with advanced centrifuges.

Jafarzadeh first disclosed the details of Iran’s involvement in the 1996 bombing of Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, and the 1994 bombing of the Jewish Community Center in Argentina.

As an accomplished analyst, he has frequently appeared on major television and radio broadcasts including CBS Evening News, CNN-American Morning, CNN, Headline, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, C-Span, Bloomberg TV, Wall Street Journal TV, France 24, AP TV, and Bloomberg radio.

He has published essays in, been interviewed by, or quoted in New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Baltimore Sun, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Time, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Newsday, New York Post, The Hill, Roll Call, Huffington Post, Washington Times, Financial Times, Le Monde, Spiegel, Associated Press, Reuters, AFP, 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.

Biography of Ali Safavi

natazaAli 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)”, “Crime 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.

He could be reached at safavi@ncrius.org or via Twitter @amsafavi