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.

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

March 07, 2013

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...

Gaza: Deterring the War of Deterrence

November 19, 2012

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...

Enigma Syriana: Between Proxy War and the Pax Iranica?

August 31, 2012

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.