Ariane M. Tabatabai

Ariane M. Tabatabai
Assistant Professor of Teaching

Assistant Professor of Teaching

Center for Security Studies

Ariane Tabatabai is a visiting assistant professor of Security Studies at the Georgetown Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Dr. Tabatabai came to Georgetown University from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, where she was an associate in the Belfer Center’s International Security Program and Project at Managing the Atom in 2014-15, and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow 2013-14. Previously, she was a non-resident research associate with the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Monterey Institute.

Dr. Tabatabai received her Ph.D. in War Studies from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London. She holds an M.A. in International Peace and Security with Distinction from the Department of War Studies, King’s College London and a double B.A. in Political Science and Cinema and Cultural Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Tabatabai is on the board of the European Iran Research Group and a columnist for the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Her work has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Financial Times, The Boston Globe, The National Interest, Haaretz, etc. She is a frequent media commentator on nuclear issues, arms control, and regional security in the Middle East in English, French, and Persian, on such outlets as NPR, the BBC, BBC Persian, Al-Jazeera, and France24.

Areas of Expertise:Middle East, Iran, arms control, nuclear energy and weapons


‘Domestic Politics in Iran and Future Regional Process’ in Chen Kane and Egle Murauskaite, Regional Security Dialogue in the Middle East: Changes, Challenges and Opportunities. London: Routledge (2014).

“Iran’s ISIS Policy,” International Affairs, Volume 91, Issue 1, January 2015, Wiley-Blackwell. Co-author: Dina Esfandiary’s-isis-policy

Columnist for The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (

“When Negotiating the Iran Deal, Don’t Forget the Allies,” The Washington Post Monkey Cage, July 2, 2015, Co-author: Dina Esfandiary.

“The Right Way to Deal With Iran’s Nuclear Past,” The Guardian Global Security Blog, June 25, 2015, Co-author: Dina Esfanfiary.

“Why Nuclear Dominos Won’t Fall in the Middle East,” The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, April 22, 2015,

“The ‘Smiling Minister’ and the Quds Commander: The Two Faces of Iran,” The Diplomat, April 10, 2015,

“Don’t Fear the Hard-Liners,” Foreign Policy, April 4, 2015,

“Failure to Reach a Nuclear Deal Will Drive Iran into Russia’s Arms,” The Financial Times November 20, 2014.

“Five myths about Iran’s nuclear program,” The Boston Globe, August 10, 2014.

“Israel and Iran: the Beginning of an Exchange” Haaretz, January 23, 2013. Co-author: Aviv Melamud.