The Iran Threat

President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis

Alireza Jafarzadeh

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From the controversial expert who brought Iran’s nuclear program to the attention of the world in 2002 comes a searing exposé of the inner workings and plans of Iran’s mullahs. With access to dissident groups inside Iran, Alireza Jafarzadeh traces President Ahmadinejad’s radical roots and involvement in terror attacks to his impact on Iran’s weapons program. He reveals new details on Iran’s meddling in Iraq and its broader goals for the future of the Middle East. This is the most authoritative account to date of the looming threat Iran poses to the United States and the Gulf region.
Readers will learn for the first time:
*President Ahmadinejad’s radical past as a feared torturer of political prisoners and his zealous mission to deliver the regime its first nuclear bomb
*The chilling trend of the military’s increasing control of the nuclear program
*How Ahmadinejad was handpicked by Iran's mullahs to help create an Islamic Republic in Iraq
*The latest covert actions to bury nuclear facilities in tunnels
*The story of the front companies Iran used to buy its nuclear technology undetected
*The author’s original and insightful policy options to end the Iranian threat

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Praise for The Iran Threat

"Finally, we have a book from the man responsible for alerting the West about Iran's secret nuclear program. The Iran Threat documents how Tehran's support for terrorism and its commitment to a nuclear program are consistent with its ideology. Jafarzadeh provides new information on the political and religious background of current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which should wake up Western policy-makers."
--Bruce McColm, President , Institute for Democratic Strategies, former executive director of Freedom House, and former President of the International Republican Institute
"While the whole of the West--including its powerful diplomacies and intelligence services--was fast asleep, shamelessly engaging with the fanatic regime in the persecution of the Iranian resistance, the resistance exposed the Iranian regime’s nuclear plans. If you seek the most authoritative view of the leading threat to our civilization's values, you must read Alireza Jafarzadeh’s book."
--Paulo Casaca, Chairman, NATO delegation at the European Parliament
"As Iran relentlessly drives toward nuclear-armed status, world leaders shift gears and quicken their search for diplomatic exit ramps in a race against time to avoid war. As diplomacy fails, problematic military strike scenarios against Iranian nuclear sites abound. In his excellent book, The Iran Threat, Alireza Jafarzadeh creatively offers another option: empower the Iranian people to seize control over their own country from the illegitimate clerical leadership. By removing the main Iranian opposition groups from terrorist lists of western countries, these organizations can pressure the regime in Tehran to choose between remaining in power and pursuing nuclear weapons. The Iran Threat will be on the 'must read' list of policymakers from Washington to Moscow, as well as from Baghdad to Beijing."
--Raymond Tanter, Georgetown University, and President, Iran Policy Committee
"Alireza Jafarzadeh knows Iran and the terrorist nature of Islamic fascism. He charts the Iranian regime's political development and efforts to become a nuclear power. He analyzes U.S. policy and failures to date to contain the Iranian threat. Anyone concerned about world peace and security should read this book."
--Donna M. Hughes, Professor and Carlson Endowed Chair, University of Rhode Island
"No one outside Iran has a better idea of what the regime in Tehran is up to than Alireza Jafarzadeh, whose Iran Threat offers an important assessment of today's circumstances. He also presents vital ideas for dealing with a rogue government as it attempts to acquire nuclear weaponry."
--Daniel Pipes, Director, Middle East Forum
"As the support for terrorism and nuclear ambitions of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad fan the flames of conflict in the Middle East, The Iran
is the first and best guide to Ahmadinejad's sordid past, his dangerous
present, and our precarious future. Alireza Jafarzadeh offers the most viable
policy option for the United States to contain the Iranian threat as an
alternative to war or appeasement."
--Congressman Bob Filner (D-California), Co-Chair, Iran Human Rights and Democracy Caucus, U.S. House of Representatives
"This is essential reading for those who are concerned about the Iranian nuclear program and are willing to keep an open mind about the Iranian opposition.  Written by the Iranian-American who first revealed to the world--and to international inspectors--the existence of Iran's secret uranium-enrichment and plutonium-production plants, this book provides a credible, compelling account of how the mullahs and the Revolutionary Guards artfully engaged in deceit, deception and concealment to hijack a civilian program and turn it into a military one. This book also places us at the cutting edge of new allegations about an underground network of nuclear installations beyond the reach of both the International Atomic Energy Agency and national intelligence agencies.  It poses the disturbing, bottom-line question of how anything the Iranian regime might yet promise to do in its ongoing negotiations with the West could ever be verified." 
--Paul Leventhal, Founding President, Nuclear Control Institute, Washington, D.C.
"Alireza Jafarzadeh's book is a must-read. Jafarzadeh is one of the foremost authorities on modern Iran, and his book is a unique collection of information you can't find anywhere else. From the inner-workings of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's regime to the Iranian nuclear threat, he gives a unique and insightful perspective to the current situation in Iran."
--Rita Cosby, Host of MSNBC Investigates
“Iran is the world’s number one threat. Alireza Jafarzadeh brilliantly describes why and what we can do to help the Iranian people take their country back. A must-read if you want to understand how to win the Global War on Terror.”
--Lt. General Thomas G. McInerney USAF (Ret.), former Assistant Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
"This book could not be more timely. As the United States looks for solutions to the crisis in the Middle East, and Iran in particular, we need authentic voices to shape the debate.  Mr. Jafarzadeh’s participation in exposing the Iranian nuclear program confirms his role and this book’s in informing American policy making."
--United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, Louisiana
"A remarkably well-written and well-researched account of attempts by the Iranian mullahs to join the ranks of the world's nuclear powers. Mr. Jafarzadeh's sources inside Iran have proven time and again to be remarkably well-connected and well-informed. This book should be read by all who are concerned with the spread of nuclear technology beyond the ranks of supposedly responsible "great powers"."
--Ambassador James Akins, Former United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia 
"Best known for bringing details of Iran's nuclear program to international attention, Jafarzadeh offers a harrowing portrait of his native country with this sobering blend of history and contemporary politics. Starting with the 1979 revolution that marked the ascendance of the Ayatollah Khomeini, he argues that Islamist extremism has played a central role in the last 25 years of Iranian politics, including the Iraq-Iran War and the 2005 election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which Jafarzadeh believes was orchestrated by the Khamenei regime. All the while, he contends, Iran has maintained a covert nuclear weapons program, threatening to radically destabilize the Middle East and strengthen the reach and scope of the oppressive Iranian regime. Jafarzadeh, a foreign affairs analyst for Fox News who was the U.S. spokesman for the National Coalition of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) until 2003, when it was placed on the State Department's list of international terrorist organizations, has a strong emotional investment in his subject. He dismisses military and diplomatic solutions to the imminent nuclear crisis he foresees, but suggests that international support of Iranian resistance movements could succeed in upsetting the current regime. Highly detailed and compelling, his account is accessible to a general reader but will appeal mainly to students of Middle East politics."
--Publishers Weekly

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About the Author

Alireza Jafarzadeh

ALIREZA JAFARZADEH is a terrorism expert, Middle East analyst, and Fox News Channel Foreign Affairs Analyst. He is president of Strategic Policy Consulting, Inc. in Washington D.C. and has frequently appeared on major television and radio broadcasts including CNN, MSNBC, CBS Evening News, NBC, NPR, and BBC to discuss Iran. Jafarzadeh is also former media director for the Washington, DC office of the parliament-in-exile, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

Alireza Jafarzadeh


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The Iran Threat
President Ahmadinejad and the Coming Nuclear Crisis
Alireza Jafarzadeh

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
February 2008
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780230601284
ISBN10: 0230601286
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 320 pages, Includes one 8-page black-and-white photograph insert

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e-Book Agency
St. Martin's Press
Palgrave Macmillan Trade
January 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9780230610880
ISBN10: 0230610889
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages, 8 b/w photos reg stock