Iran's Military Complex: Understanding Parchin -- New AEI Report

As International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) officials meet with Iranian officials in another attempt to gain access to a nuclear-related site at Parchin, a new report by AEI's Critical Threats Project Iran team lead Maseh Zarif explains how that site fits into the Iranian military complex and highlights Iran’s pattern of obfuscation.

  • Iran's pattern of deception: The regime's refusal to provide IAEA inspectors access to facilities and personnel involved in recent weaponization work, including at Parchin, is one element of its broader denial-and-deception campaign.
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  • Risking an Iranian bomb? Given the state of Iran's uranium enrichment program, current U.S. policy accepts a high level of risk and corresponding likelihood of failure in preventing a nuclear-armed Iran if the weaponization track is at an advanced stage.
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  • Not just nukes: The military complex at Parchin is of interest not only because of the presumed weaponization facilities there, but also because it is a central and vital part of Iran's diverse and disturbing military industrial program.
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Maseh Zarif is the Iran team lead and research manager for the American Enterprise Institute's Critical Threats Project.

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Maseh
Zarif
  • Maseh Zarif is the deputy director and Iran research Team Lead for the American Enterprise Institute’s Critical Threats Project. He works on national security issues related to the Middle East and South Asia, with a particular focus on Iran’s nuclear program and its regional activities. He has written for The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, and Foreign Policy, among others, and has appeared on CNN and Fox. Before joining AEI, he worked for several years in corporate finance as an analyst and a consultant.

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