MEHRAN HAGHIRIAN

is a PhD. candidate at Qatar University’s [Persian] Gulf Studies program, and a researcher and assistant director at the Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences. He is a graduate of American University’s School of International Service in Washington, DC, with a master’s degree in International Affairs and a research focus on Iran and the Persian Gulf region.

 
 
 

EDUCATION

August 2018 – Present

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN [PERSIAN] GULF STUDIES

QATAR UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES 

Doha, Qatar

Dissertation: Differentiating the Foreign and Security Policies of the Persian Gulf Arab States: The Decision-Making Calculus towards Iran

June – July 2016

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND MULTILATERAL GOVERNANCE 

GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF GENEVA

Geneva, Switzerland

August 2015 – May 2017

MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE             

August 2012 – May 2015

BACHELOR OF ARTS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE AND PEACE STUDIES

CHAPMAN UNIVERSITY, WILKINSON COLLEGE OF ARTS, HUMANITIES, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Orange, CA

Honors: Sigma Iota Rho

January 2011 – May 2012

MAJORED IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES

Boston, MA

September 2007 – June 2010

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

INSTITUT LE ROSEY          

Rolle and Gstaad, Switzerland

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

IBN KHALDON CENTER FOR HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

DOHA, QATAR 

Researcher in International Affairs and Assistant to the Director

October 2018 – Present

ATLANTIC COUNCIL, FUTURE OF IRAN INITIATIVE ​

WASHINGTON, DC

Project Assistant

August 2016 – May 2017

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE 

WASHINGTON, DC

Teaching and Graduate Assistant

January 2016 – December 2016

  • Graduate Assistant to Professor Fereshteh Nouraei-Simone in a graduate level course titled SIS-619 — Iran and the United States: Conflict and Rapprochement (Fall 2016)

  • Teaching Assistant to Professor Fereshteh Nouraei-Simone in an undergraduate level course titled SISU-380 — Iran and Middle East Conflicts (Spring 2016)

CONFERENCES


Russia and the Gulf: Alternative Views on Moscow’s Regional Goals and Motifs, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

-Co-organizer of the roundtable  

February 24, 2020

International System, Regional Developments, and Iran’s Foreign Policy, Allameh Tabatabaei University, Tehran, Iran

-Co-presented research on “Rouhani’s Persian Gulf Policy: From JCPOA to HOPE” - with Dr. Luciano Zaccara

February 17, 2020

World in Transition: Revisiting Non-Western International Relations, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

-Moderated a debate on “Non-Western Theoretical Approaches to International Relations”

-Organizer of the roundtable

January 18, 2020 


Gulf Studies Center Fourth Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

-Co-presented research on “The Quest for Alternative Energy in the Arabian Peninsula and Iran: Geopolitics of the Nuclear Option” - with Dr. Mohamad Al-Saidi

November 26, 2019


First Biennial Conference on Contemporary Iranian Studies, Tehran University, Tehran, Iran

-Presented research on “Objectives and Determinants of Iranian Foreign Policy: Continuities and Changes”

November 11, 2019


Eighth Global Conference on Global Warming, Doha, Qatar

-Presented research on the “UAE and Saudi Arabia’s Quest for Nuclear Energy: Satisfying Domestic Energy Demands or Increasing Regional Power Status”

April 23, 2019


The Gulf Studies Center Fourth International Student Symposium, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

-Presented research on the “Consequences of the Iran Nuclear Deal on the Geopolitics of the Persian Gulf”

-Head of the Organizing Committee

-Moderated a Panel on “Societal Issues in the Age of Globalization: Identity, Youth, and Education in the Gulf”

April 16, 2019


National Pluralism in the Middle East: Towards A Common Civilizational Framework, Ibn Khaldon Center, Doha, Qatar

-Organizer of the Conference

March 26-27, 2019


Gulf Studies Symposium, The Center for Gulf Studies, American University of Kuwait, Kuwait City, Kuwait

-Co-presented research on “E-Commerce and Consumption Patterns in Iran: Sanctions as A Boost to Overcome External Limitations and Shortcomings” - with Dr. Luciano Zaccara

March 16, 2019


Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations 23rd Annual Graduate Symposium, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

-Presented research on “Barriers and Pathways for Cooperation between Iran and the Arab States of the Persian Gulf”

March 5, 2019


The Islamic Revolution in Retrospect: The Internal, Regional and Global Impact, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar

-Moderated a Panel on “The Regional and International Implications of the Islamic Revolution”

-Co-organizer of the conference

February 24, 2019

Gulf Studies Center Third Annual International Interdisciplinary Conference, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar                    

-Presented research on “Iran’s Pragmatic Foreign Policy in Response to Regional Crises: The Case of the Blockade Against Qatar”

December 9, 2018


TEDx Qatar University - Social Area, Qatar National Convention Center, Doha, Qatar

-Presented research on “Effectuating A Cooperative Future Between Iran and the Member States of the Gulf Cooperation Council”

November 3, 2018


Ending an Unnecessary Conflict and Opening New Horizons, Chapman University, Orange, CA

-Organizer and panelist

May 12, 2015


Model United Nations Security Council Conference, Fairmont Academy, Santa Ana, CA

-Chair

October 18, 2014


Undergraduate Research Conference, Chapman University, Orange, CA

-Research paper and poster presentation on “American Public Opinion on the Iranian Nuclear Program”

May 14, 2014


National Model United Nations Conference, Hilton Hotel, New York, NY

-Head Delegate of the Chapman University Model United Nations (2013-2015)

April 14 – 17, 2014

 

INTERVIEWS


Indus News – “Iran Nuclear Deal Collapse?”

January 23, 2020

  • Live phone interview – Scope with Waqar Rizvi

Al Jazeera – “Iran plays diplomatic hardball ahead of enrichment deadline”

July 8, 2019

  • Quoted by Ted Regencia

Al Jazeera – "Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Resigns"

February 26, 2019

  • Quoted by Ted Regencia

Sputnik – “Zarif's Diplomacy Irritated Bolton, Pompeo, Netanyahu - Iranian Analyst”                             

February 26, 2019

  • Quoted by Sputnik International Desk

Indus News – “Iraq hits back at Trump’s base in Iraq statement” 

February 8, 2019

  • Live phone interview – Scope with Waqar Rizvi

Al Jazeera – “Is Trump baiting Iran into an armed confrontation?”

January 28, 2019

  • Quoted by Ted Regencia

The Independent – “Iran president Rouhani warns country faces 'war situation'as he vows to bypass new US sanctions”

November 5, 2018

  • Quoted by Borzou Daragahi

The Daily Beast – “How Iran Hopes to Counterpunch Trump”

May 11, 2018

  • Quoted by Borzou Daragahi 

 

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