Biography and CV of H.E. Mohammad Javad Zarif
The Honorable Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif was born to a religious traditional family in Tehran in 1959. He completed his primary and secondary schools in the Alavi School. Due to the political and security conditions of the time, he decided to continue his education in the United States. During his studies in the US, Zarif was an activist of the Islamic Association of Students in Canada and the US. He began his undergraduate studies in International Relations in San Francisco State University in 1977. He then earned his PhD in International Law and Politics from the Graduate School of International Studies at the University of Denver in 1988.
Dr. Zarif has many years of experience in different posts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He was the Deputy Minister for Legal and International Affairs for ten years. He was also the Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Permanent Representative of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in New York for five years. During his career as a diplomat, Dr. Zarif has been selected for several times as a Distinguished Director at the national and organizational levels.
Dr. Zarif has also occupied various and important international posts such as the Chairman of the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the 47thUnited Nations General Assembly, Chairman of the UNESCO Cultural Commission, member of the Group of Eminent Lawyers to Amend the Charter of the Organization of Islamic Conference, Vice-President of the United Nations General Assembly, Chairman of the United Nations Disarmament Commission and Chairman of Political Committee of the12th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Durban. Dr. Zarif was also in charge of the Political Committee of the OIC Summit in Tehran and the Head of the Executive Committee of the Islamic Inter-parliamentary Meeting in Tehran.
Dr. Zarif has taught for more than two decades at the university level. He is a visiting lecturer at the School of International Relations in Tehran and a member of the academic staff of the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the University of Tehran.
He has a good record of scholastic publications in the form of books and journal papers in English and Persian languages on various international issues such as multilateral diplomacy, international organizations, disarmament and other politico-security issues.
Dr. Zarif has two children who are married and are presently working in Iran.
Name: Mohammad Javad Zarif
DoB: January 8, 1960
Born in: Tehran
Marital Status: Married with two children
Major International Assignments
Member of the Islamic Association of Students (IAS) in Canada and the US and Secretary for Promotion (1981-1982), Council Liaison (1983-1984), Secretary of the Organization of IAS (1985-1986)
Works Written in English
"Tackling the Iran - U.S. Crisis: the Need for a Paradigm Shift", Columbia University Journal of
International Affairs, Spring - Summer 2007.
"How Not to Inflame Iraq", New York Times, February 8, 2007. Reprinted in the International
"The Case for Iran: Alarmist assessments of Irans nuclear program lack a key component:
evidence", Los Angeles Times, December 30, 2006.
"A Stronger Prescription for Security: Dialogue", Global Agenda (New York: United Nations
Association of USA, 2005).
"Iran: US Nuclear Fears are Overblown", LA Times, Nov 5, 2004. Reprinted in several US
"Irans vision of rebuilding Iraq," International Herald Tribune, May 12, 2003
"A Neighbors Vision of New Iraq", New York Times, May 10, 2003. Reprinted in the International
Herald Tribune and several newspapers in the Persian Gulf region.
"Indispensable Power: Hegemonic Tendencies in a Globalized World", Harvard International
Review, Winter 2003.
"Missile Proliferation and Missile Defense", A Disarmament Agenda for the Twenty-First Century
(New York: United Nations, 2002).
"Reflections on Terrorism, Dialogue and Global Ethics", Seton Hall Journal of Diplomacy and
International Relations, Winter 2002.
"Preserving the Best of All Civilizations", South Letter, Volumes 3&4, 2001.
Crossing the Divide: Dialogue among Civilizations (South Orange, NJ, USA: Seton Hall University,
"Article XI: Hopes and Challenges", OPCW Synthesis, Spring 2001.
"Preface", Reimagining the Future, Towards Democratic Governance (Bundoora, Australia: La Trobe
"Islam and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights", Enriching the Universal Declaration of
Human Rights (Geneva: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights,
"Extra-Territorial Sanctions in International Law", Report of the Seminar on the Extra-Territorial
Application of National Legislation (New Delhi: the Secretariat of AALCC, 1998.)
"Continuity and Change in Irans Post-Election Foreign Policy", Foreign Policy Forum, Volumes III
and IV, 1998.
"U.S. Unilateral Sanctions Against Iran", Iranian Journal of International Affairs, Volume IX, No. 1,
"The Principles of International Law: Theoretical and Practical Aspects of their Promotion and
Implementation", International Law as a Language for International Relations (The Hague: Kluwer Law
"Security and Insecurity in the Persian Gulf", Iranian Journal of International Affairs, Volume VIII,
No. 2, 1996.
"Impermissibility of the Use or Threat of Use of Nuclear Weapons,", Iranian Journal of International
Affairs, Volume VIII, No. 1, 1996.
"Security Considerations in the Middle East, an Iranian Approach", Arms and Technology Transfers:
Security and Economic Considerations Among Importing and Exporting States (Geneva: UNIDIR, 1995.)
"Political Islam", Iranian Journal of International Affairs, Volume VII, No. 3, 1995.
"Legal Problems of the Arms Embargo against the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina", Iranian
Journal of International Affairs, Volume VII, No.2, 1995.
"Anticipatory and Preventive Self-Defense in International Law", Iranian Journal of International
Affairs, Volume I, No.1, 1989.
"Self-Defense in International Law and Policy" (University of Denver, 1988.)
Works Written in Persian
Multilateral diplomacy: conceptual and functional dynamism of regional and international organizations, Center for International Studies and Research, 2012 (co-authored by Seyyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour)
International organizations, Mizan Publication, 2010 (co-authored by Seyyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour)
Multilateral diplomacy: theory and performance of regional and international organizations, Three volumes, School of International Studies, 2008(co-authored by Seyyed Mohammad Kazem Sajjadpour)
New international trends, MFA Printing and Publication Center, 2005 (co-authored by Mostafa Zahrani)
Necessities of multilateralism in the globalized world, Hamshahri Diplomatique, 2004
"Political justice in the world today", Justice in International Relations and Among the Religions from the viewpoint of Muslim and Christian scholars, Hoda International Publication, Tehran, 1998
"Role of international organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina", Bosnia and Herzegovina, future perspective, IPIS, Tehran, 1998
"Necessity of reforms in the OIC", Foreign Policy Journal, Year 11, No. 3, Fall 1997
"US unilateral sanctions against Iran", Foreign Policy Journal, Year 11, No. 1, Spring 1997
"Prohibition of threat and use of nuclear weapons", United Nations Studies Journal, Year 1, No. 1, Spring 1996