Maziyar Ghiabi

Maziyar Ghiabi is a DPhil student in Politics at the University of Oxford and a Wellcome Trust Scholar in Society and Ethics. He holds an MPhil (Distinction) from St Antony’s College, and an MA and BA from the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. He has worked with the United Nations Office of Drugs and Drugs in Tehran where he conducted research on the issue of drugs and drug policy in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Egypt: The Emperor Has No Clothes

Egypt's army and the technocratic elites have also exposed the old face of authoritarianism. Two years ago, at the first meeting of my MPhil in Modern Middle Eastern Studies at Oxford University, the Arab Spring – the transnational domino revolution – was all over the place and on everybody’s lips. The enthusiasm and hope of most students and professors was bolstered by the... Continue Reading

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No Party, No Pope and No President: Italy’s Anarchist Moment

With a prospect of a hung parliament following recent elections and Italy’s major public and political figures out of the picture, will a new movement gain momentum? By mid-1920s, an Italian anarchist group, Gli Arditi d’Italia (Italy’s Daring Ones), counted some 50,000 members and sympathisers, and its most prominent member was called Errico Malatesta. Fascism ranted and raved across... Continue Reading

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No Party, No Pope and No President: Italy’s Anarchist Moment

With a prospect of a hung parliament following recent elections and Italy’s major public and political figures out of the picture, will a new movement gain momentum? By mid-1920s, an Italian anarchist group, Gli Arditi d’Italia (Italy’s Daring Ones), counted some 50,000 members and sympathisers, and its most prominent member was called Errico Malatesta. Fascism ranted and raved... Continue Reading

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Gaza: Deterring the War of Deterrence

As the Israeli leadership take steps towards a ground invasion of the Gaza Strip, the prospects of long-term occupation emerge with fewer opportunities to bring the situation back under control. It was not a surprise when Israel decided to initiate "Operation Pillar of Cloud" on November 14, 2012. Although, we may have expected this at the end of December prior to the electoral... Continue Reading

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Disclosing the War on Drugs in Iran

With a death toll paring that of low intensity warfare, and with one of the highest rates of drug addiction in the world, Iran stands on the frontline of the War on Drugs. Yet, Human Rights Watch and other international groups are calling for the freezing of funding to Iran’s drug control programs. In recent years, the global War on Drugs has been given increasing importance. A... Continue Reading

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Enigma Syriana: Between Proxy War and the Pax Iranica?

Iran has simultaneously been a marginal player and a key player in the Syrian crisis. Now, Iranian decision-makers are attempting to gain ground through alternative diplomatic tracks, such as the Consultative Conference of Tehran and the Non-Aligned Movement Summit. During a meeting with the Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton envisioned a Syrian... Continue Reading

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