MEC Seminar: Negotiating Iran’s Future: The Policy Implications of President Rouhani’s Second Term
[Event funded by the Antonian Fund and the MEC]
About the speakers:
Dr Roham Alvandi is Associate Professor of International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is the author of Nixon, Kissinger, and the Shah: The United States and Iran in the Cold War (Oxford University Press, 2014), which was selected by the Financial Times as one of the best history books of 2014. He has written extensively on the history of Iran’s foreign relations and his current research focuses on global human rights activism and the origins of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. His work has appeared in the British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, Cold War History, Diplomatic History, and Iranian Studies. Dr Alvandi read for his MPhil and DPhil degrees at the University of Oxford and his doctoral thesis was awarded the Foundation for Iranian Studies’ Dissertation Prize and the University of Oxford’s Pavry Memorial Prize. He is also a graduate of the University of Sydney, where he received the University Medal, and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. Before joining the LSE, he worked on the strategic planning staff in the office of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Tehran. He is a Fellow of the British Institute of Persian Studies and the Royal Historical Society.
Hossein Bastani is a political analyst at the BBC Persian Service and one of the best-known commentators on Iranian politics among Iranian audiences. Before leaving Iran for France in 2004, he was the Secretary-General of the Association of Iranian Journalists, the sole nationwide union of Iranian journalists which has been banned by the Iranian judiciary since the 2009 presidential election.Since 1998 Hossein Bastani has published more than 2,200 analytical pieces on Iranian politics, including many in-depth, investigative articles. During his career, he has devoted much attention to analysing the political discourse of Ayatollah Khamenei and that of his appointees. Other areas of expertise include Iran's security and military apparatus, the history of the Iran-Iraq war, and Iran's ruling political factions. He is also well-known for his data-journalism and fact-checking articles on Iran’s political and security issues. Hossein Bastani’s pieces are widely-referenced and quoted by other Iranian journalists, and Iranian state-run media outlets react to his articles on a permanent basis.
Dr Roja Fazaeli is a Lecturer in Islamic Civilisations at Trinity College, Dublin. Her Ph.D. thesis was a comparative study of Islamic law and international human rights law concerning women in the Shi'a tradition and was funded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences. She has published numerous papers and book chapters on the topics of Islam and gender, Islamic feminism and human rights. Currently she is working on completing a monograph on a conceptualization of Islamic feminism and human rights activism in Iran. She has been involved in a number of international projects with colleagues from the Department of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University, from the Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (Hawza Project funded by the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies) and from Emory University where she is a global affiliate at the School of Law. She serves on the editorial board of the Journal for Religion and Human Rights and previously she served on the boards of the Association of Persianite Studies, Irish Refugee Council and UNIFEM (UN Women) Ireland.