Ghoncheh Tazmini

Ghoncheh Tazmini obtained a degree in International Relations at the University of British Columbia and a Master's in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies at the London School of Economics. Holding a PhD in International Relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, she is the author of Khatami’s Iran: the Islamic Republic and the Turbulent Path to Reform (I. B. Tauris, 2009, 2013) and Revolution and Reform in Russia and Iran: Politics and Modernisation in Post-Revolutionary States (I. B. Tauris, 2012). Dr. Tazmini was formerly Iranian Heritage Foundation Visiting Fellow at the London Middle East Institute at SOAS - University of London. She is currently an Associate Member of the Centre for Iranian Studies at SOAS and Research Associate at ISCTE-Center for International Studies, University of Lisbon, Portugal.

Was the Iranian Revolution Historically Inevitable?

Feb 18, 2019

While revolutionary protesters espoused diverse ideals and ambitions and worldviews, there was one objective that was almost universal: wholesale opposition to Western political exploitation. As Vladimir Lenin famously said, “The revolution does not need historians.” The Iranian Revolution of 1979, lacking the old Marxist grandeur of historical necessity, it seems,...

Why Iran Will Never Have Glasnost

Sep 12, 2018

At this critical crossroads, Iran needs a glasnost, a spirit of openness and dialogue that would allow society to air its grievances and to move closer to consensus.  With bread and butter issues a priority, Iranian demands for political dynamism have been obfuscated amidst the country’s economic and political woes....

The Cultural Politics behind the Arrest of an Iranian Dancer

Jul 23, 2018

It appears that it was not only the dancing that was controversial, but the dancing with all of its “Western trappings.” In early July, a teenage dancer from Iran, Maedeh Hojabri, was detained for posting photos and videos of herself dancing on Instagram. There are several frameworks for understanding Hojabri’s...

US-Russian Relations in an Uncomfortable World Order

Jan 30, 2017

There is a failure in the West to understand how the Kremlin interprets Washington’s basic foreign policy aims and intentions. The telephone call between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump on January 29 was the first official contact between the two leaders since Trump’s investiture. The Kremlin has welcomed...

Rouhani: Learning From Khatami's Experience?

Jul 10, 2013

Rouhani’s presidency is likely to represent progressive reform in Iran. Iran is likely to change substantively under Hassan Rouhani’s leadership. Allow me to qualify "change". Change is not regime change, nor is it change toward a more secular, liberal political system à la the West. Change in Iran means qualitative...