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MEHRAN HAGHIRIAN

Mehran Haghirian is the Director of Regional Initiatives at the Bourse & Bazaar Foundation, a think tank focused on economic diplomacy, economic development, and economic justice in the Middle East and Central Asia. In this role, Mehran draws on his extensive background researching regional political and security frameworks. He is a PhD candidate at Qatar University, where he focuses on the geopolitics of the Persian Gulf region, and holds a master’s degree in international affairs from American University's School of International Service in Washington DC. Prior to joining B&BF, Mehran worked at the Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences as a researcher and assistant director, at the Atlantic Council's Future of Iran Initiative as a project assistant, and at American University as a graduate teaching assistant.

 
 
 
 

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

August 2015 – May 2017

MASTER OF ARTS IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE             

June – July 2016

CERTIFICATE IN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS AND MULTILATERAL GOVERNANCE 

GRADUATE INSTITUTE OF GENEVA

Geneva, Switzerland

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

 

BOURSE AND BAZAAR FOUNDATION

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

Director of Regional Initiatives

August 2021 - Present

IBN KHALDON CENTER FOR HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

DOHA, QATAR 

Researcher in International Affairs and Assistant to the Director

October 2018 – August 2021

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)

 

 PANELS AND INTERVIEWS 

"Soft Power and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar"

Ibn Khaldon Center for Humanities and Social Sciences

November 5, 2021

  • Presented research on "Soft Power and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar: Learning from Experiences of Past Mega-Sporting Event Hosts"


"Hypes and Hopes for the Iranian Nuclear Deal"

ISPI

November 29, 2021

  • Commentary 



"Gulf Studies Center 6th Annual Conference"

Qatar University

November 7, 2021

  • Presented research on "Reconfiguring the Regional Security Architecture in the Persian Gulf: Intra-GCC Conflicts, Relations with Iran, and Great Power Interests"


"‘Nuclear terrorism’ in Natanz threatens diplomacy in Vienna

TRT World

April 13, 2021

  • Quoted by Giorgio Cafiero

"Iran’s threat to Israel more sound than fury"

Asia Times

January 12, 2021

  • Quoted by Kourosh Ziabari

What will reduced tensions within the GCC mean for Iran?

Al Jazeera

January 7, 2021

  • Quoted by Maziar Motamedi 

"Iran in the New Eurasian Context"

Bourse and Bazaar and the Middle East Institute – Singapore (Webinar)

July 30, 2020

  • Presented research on “The Rivalry between Iran and the GCC States in the Eurasian Context”


“Iran Nuclear Deal Collapse?”

Indus News

January 23, 2020

  • Live phone interview – Scope with Waqar Rizvi

“Iran plays diplomatic hardball ahead of enrichment deadline”

Al Jazeera

July 8, 2019

  • Quoted by Ted Regencia

"Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Resigns"

Al Jazeera

February 26, 2019

  • Quoted by Ted Regencia

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

Sputnik

February 26, 2019

  • Quoted by Sputnik International Desk

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

Indus News

February 8, 2019

  • Live phone interview – Scope with Waqar Rizvi

“Is Trump baiting Iran into an armed confrontation?”

Al Jazeera

January 28, 2019

  • Quoted by Ted Regencia

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

The Independent

November 5, 2018

  • Quoted by Borzou Daragahi

“How Iran Hopes to Counterpunch Trump”

The Daily Beast

May 11, 2018

  • Quoted by Borzou Daragahi