Mohtasham is a British academic who has worked, as a Senior Research
Associate at the Foreign Policy Centre; International Institute
for Strategic Studies in London; Centre for Defence Studies, King's
College, University of London; and for the United Kingdom Defence
Academy to develop a project. She has regularly being interviewed
by all the major international media, such as BBC, CNBC, CNN,
Aljazeera English, etc. providing expertise on global nuclear
weapons non-proliferation and nuclear energy developments, and
on Iran and the Middle East.
She was born in Tehran, Iran on 10th January 1962. She completed
her high school education at the age of 15 before coming to the
United Kingdom and continuing her education in Bournmouth (in
the south-coast of England), and Durham and Darlington (in the
north-east of England). She has obtained her B.A. Honours in Politics
and Sociology from the University of Warwick, and her MS.c. (Master
in International Studies) from the University of Southampton,
in the United Kingdom.
She submitted a written evidence to the Foreign Affairs Committee
of the United Kingdom's parliament about 'Iran's Nuclear Programme'
on 11 June 2007. For a list of questions addressed in this report,
please see the section 'Analyses'
in this website. For a full copy of this report please use either
the following link to the
publication section of the United Kingdom's parliament or
contact the author at
She has written papers for a number of international institutions
including the International Institute for Strategic Studies in
London, and the Centre for Defence Studies at King's College,
University of London (please see 'List
of Papers' on this website). She is currently completing
her Ph.D. thesis, and in the process of publishing her book on
the subject of the history of nuclear weapons non-proliferation,
procurement and international safeguards system.
As a representative of the International Institute for Strategic
Studies in London, Elahe Mohtasham visited the Atomic Energy Organisation
of Iran and the Centre for Strategic Studies attached to the former
President Khatami's office in September 2004. She has been the
first western academic granted access to talk to the Iranian scientists
and visit Iranian nuclear facilities. She published a report of
her visit to the Iranian nuclear facilities in the
Sunday Times of London on 1st May 2005.
She has written four articles in the Oxford University Press publication
of the International Encyclopaedia of Peace on the topics of 'Arms
Control and Disarmament: Theory,' 'Arms Control and Disarmament:
Negotiations,' 'Unilateral Nuclear Weapons Disarmament: Policy,'
and 'Nuclear Proliferation: Iran and North Korea's Nuclear Programmes.'
In the last three years she has presented academic papers at the
Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) Preparatory Committees
and at the 2005 NPT Review Conference at the United Nations headquarters
in New York and Geneva.
has been a member of the Royal United Services Institute in London,
the International Institute for Strategic Studies between 1987-2005,
the Council for Arms Control at King's College, University of
London since 1987, the British International Studies Association
since 1984, the Society of Authors since 2000, and the Gulf 2000
directed by Professor Gary Sick of Columbia University in the
United States, since 1994.
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