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Iranian Nuclear Scientist Assassinated

December 3, 2020

Episode Notes:

Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading Iranian scientist and key figure in the country’s past efforts to covertly build a nuclear bomb, was assassinated last Friday while driving in the countryside outside Tehran. Iran claims that Israel and an exiled opposition group are behind the attack. Israel has not officially commented on the incident. Fakhrizadeh is the second high-profile Iranian to be assassinated this year — Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani was killed in an American drone strike in January.

For more on the assassination and what it could mean for Iranian national security, we’re joined by Dr. Ariane Tabatabai. Dr. Tabatabai is the Middle East fellow at the Alliance for Securing Democracy at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, adjunct senior research scholar at the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, and is the author of a new book, No Conquest, No Defeat: Iran's National Security Strategy.

Follow Ariane on Twitter: @ArianeTabatabai

 

[ 01:13 ] Who was Mohsen Fakhrizadeh?

[ 03:56 ] What is known about the assassination?

[ 08:40 ] How will this affect nuclear diplomacy between Iran and the United States?

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