Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam is Reader in Comparative Politics and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and the Chair of the Centre for Iranian Studies at the London Middle East Institute. After studying in Hamburg and Washington DC, and receiving his MPhil and PhD at Cambridge, Adib-Moghaddam was named as the University of Oxford’s first Jarvis Doctorow Fellow in International Relations and Peace Studies at St. Edmund Hall and the Department of Politics and International Relations. He has authored a number of books, including “A Critical Introduction to Khomeini” (ed. 2014); On the Arab Revolts and the Iranian Revolution: Power and Resistance Today (2013); and Iran in World Politics: The Question of the Islamic Republic (2008).
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The Iraq Crisis: Blair, Bombs and Borders

As violence rages in Iraq and Syria, will the Middle East see a “Balkanization”? Iraq is “approaching collapse — perhaps even a ‘failed state’ status.” Those are the words of former US Ambassador Gary Grappo. Barely three years after the US withdrawal, large parts of Iraq have been overrun by insurgents. Spearheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS), Sunni... Continue Reading

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An Interview with Arshin Adib-Moghaddam

Arshin Adib-Moghaddam, Reader in Comparative Politics and International Relations at the School of Oriental and African Studies, speaks to Kourosh Ziabari about the cancellation of the Helsinki conference on a nuclear-free Middle East and the impacts it may have on the US public image. It was reported on November 23 that the Helsinki conference on a nuclear-free Middle East was cancelled after... Continue Reading

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Iran, the Arab Intifada and the End of the 'Middle East'

The ongoing Arab uprisings signal a ‘second coming of independence’ and a ‘non-colonial order’ throughout Western Asia and Northern Africa, argues Arshin Adib-Moghaddam. Once upon a time there was a United States naval officer who invented a region he called the "Middle East". His name was Alfred Thayer Mahan (1840-1914) and he lived during a period when this... Continue Reading

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