21 March 2017

Farzan Sabet: Charting the risks of nuclear proliferation

International History PhD candidate Farzan Sabet has been awarded a 2016-2017 Graduate Research Award (GRA) for Disarmament, Arms Control and Non-Proliferation by The Simons Foundation and Global Affairs Canada.

Farzan, who is Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at Stanford University’s Center For International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), is writing his PhD dissertation on “The Iranian Nuclear Program, U.S. Policy, and the Nonproliferation Regime, 1969-1979”, under the supervision of Professor Jussi Hanhimaki.

“My interest in nuclear nonproliferation began during my MA in International History and Politics (2010-2012) at the Graduate Institute, where I had the opportunity to study U.N. targeted sanctions against nuclear weapons proliferators under Professor Thomas Biersteker. This background, and a nuclear boot camp sponsored by the Wilson Center, convinced me to pursue international nuclear history as the main focus of my PhD dissertation. I’ve since been able to build on these foundations at CISAC Stanford.”

Farzan’s experiences gave him the confidence to apply for a 2016-2017 Graduate Research Award. His application included an essay (which will shortly be available on the Simons Foundation website) on whether an expansion of nuclear energy in the coming decades could pose a risk of increased nuclear weapons proliferation. After being selected for a Graduate Research Award, Farzan was able to present his essay before an audience of experts and policymakers at the Global Affairs Canada headquarters in Ottawa, Canada, on February 9th, 2017.

“The five years I spent in Geneva at the Graduate Institute gave me the ability to competently discuss and write about complex global issues, and the self-assurance to engage with high level audiences, including experts, diplomats, and philanthropists”, said Farzan.

You can follow Farzan via Twitter or his IranPolitik blog.