Alireza Jafarzadeh is the president of Strategic Policy Consulting, Inc. He is also an international Foreign Affairs Analyst, specializing on Iran, Iraq, and the Middle East. He is a regular contributor to such media as the Fox News and the CNN.
Alireza Jafarzadeh is a well-known authority on issues relating to terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism in Iraq, Iran, and the Middle East; Iran’s nuclear weapons program; and its internal political developments, including anti-government demonstrations, the student movement, and human rights.
The international concerns about Iran’s nuclear weapons program have largely arisen from Jafarzadeh’s stunning revelations of more than a dozen major previously secret nuclear sites, including the sites in Natanz, Arak, Lashkar Ab’ad, Behjat-Abad, and Tehran.
Jafarzadeh revealed the existence of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, and Arak’s heavy water facility in August 2002, the Kalaye Electric Company’s centrifuge testing facility near Tehran in February 2003, the Lashkar Ab’ad laser enrichment facility in May 2003 and a new nuclear site in Ardekan in July 2003.
In April 2004, Jafarzadeh revealed that Iran, using some 400 nuclear experts, is running a secret nuclear weapons program supervised by the military and the Supreme Leader parallel to its overt nuclear energy program.
Jafarzadeh revealed in March 2005 that Iran has built a secret underground facility in Tehran’s Parchin military complex where activities related to laser enrichment are carried out. In August 2005, he exposed new details about A. Q. Khan’s network and its long standing relations with the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC).
In September and November 2005, and in January 2006, Jafarzadeh exposed a number of underground facilities and tunnels near Tehran, used for WMD research and development. Jafarzadeh revealed in January 2006 how Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had sped up the uranium enrichment program, and that Iran has prepared some 5000 centrifuge machines to be installed in the Natanz uranium enrichment facility.
In March 2006, he revealed how the IRGC is deeply involved in the nuclear weapons program, conducting nuclear research and development.
In February 2008, Alireza Jafarzadeh was involved in a press conference in Brussels where a new nuclear command and control center in Tehran at a site named Mojdeh was exposed.
In September 2010, Jafarzadeh exposed yet another secret nuclear facility under construction in tunnels near Abyek (Qazvin) 120 km west of Tehran used by the Iranian regime to build an underground, fully protected uranium enrichment site under the control of the IRGC.
Jafarzadeh unveiled the details of Iran’s development of bio-weapons in May 2003, and had previously provided valuable information about the Shahab-3 medium range missile.
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.
In November 2003, Jafarzadeh exposed an extensive covert network of the Iranian regime’s agents who had been involved, for months, in meddling in the internal affairs of Iraq, seeking to derail the political process and establish a sister Islamic Republic in Iraq.
In March 2007, Jafarzadeh exposed how Tehran was operating a massive network of terrorist operatives in Iraq and that Iraqi proxies of Iran were being trained in various terrorist training camps in Iran.
As an accomplished analyst, Jafarzadeh has frequently appeared on major television and radio broadcasts including Fox News Channel, CNN, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, NBC, ABC, BBC, Sky News, ITN, France 24, CTV Canada, Aljazeera TV, Alhurra TV, Alarabiya TV, VOA, and NPR, to discuss Iran’s WMD program and terrorist activities around the world.
Jafarzadeh has published essays in, and been interviewed by, news outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Baltimore Sun, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, Boston Globe, Miami Herald, Washington Times, Newsday, Austin-American Statesman, The Huffington Post, Human Events, Time, Newsweek, Sunday Times, Sunday Telegraph, Financial Times, Guardian, International Herald Tribune, Associated Press, Reuters, AFP, United Press International, Deutsche Presse Agentur, EFE, Kyodo News, Space & Missile, Defense Week, and Arms Control Today.
Jafarzadeh has lectured in Georgetown University, University of Michigan, and National War College, and was the keynote speaker at the National War College for the class of 2007 and the class of 2008. He has been a frequent speaker at briefings, hearings and luncheons at the US Congress, the United Nations, Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, American University, National Young Leaders Conference, and the Morning Newsmaker Program at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. He was a keynote lecturer at the Norwegian Defense Command and Staff College, and the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs.
Until August 2003, Jafarzadeh acted for a dozen years as the chief congressional liaison and media spokesperson for the US representative office of Iran’s parliament in exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran.
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.