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MEHRAN HAGHIRIAN

Mehran Haghirian is the Director of Regional Initiatives at the Bourse & Bazaar Foundation, a London-based think tank committed to economic development, economic diplomacy, and economic justice in the Middle East and Central Asia. He holds a PhD in [Persian] Gulf Studies from Qatar University, and a master’s degree in international affairs from American University's School of International Service in Washington, DC. Prior to joining B&BF, he 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 program assistant, and at American University as a graduate teaching assistant. He was also a visiting fellow with the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

EDUCATION

August 2018 – May 2024

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY IN [PERSIAN] GULF STUDIES

QATAR UNIVERSITY, COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES 

Doha, Qatar

Dissertation: Differentiating Foreign Policy Strategies in the Arabian Peninsula: The Decision-Making Calculus towards Iran

Most Distinguished Student, College of Arts and Sciences     (Spring 2024)

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 & BAZAAR FOUNDATION

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM

Director of Regional Initiatives

March 2021 - Present

EUROPEAN COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS

BERLIN, GERMANY (REMOTE)

Visiting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa programme

March - October 2022

IBN KHALDON CENTER FOR HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

DOHA, QATAR 

Researcher in International Affairs

October 2018 – October 2022

ATLANTIC COUNCIL, FUTURE OF IRAN INITIATIVE ​

WASHINGTON, DC

Program Assistant

August 2016 – May 2017

AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL SERVICE 

WASHINGTON, DC

Graduate Teaching 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)

           COMMENTARIES

"Denmark: Cashing in on Sweden's Eurovision"

BBC World Service - Business Daily 

February 6, 2024

  • Interviewed by Daniel Rosney

"BRICS Membership Won't Solve Iran's Crisis of Legitimacy at Home

DAWN                   

September 2023

  • Interviewed by Giorgio Cafiero 

"The Unique Promise of Environmental Cooperation in the Gulf"

Center for Strategic and International Studies 

July 11, 2023

  • Interviewed by Will Todman


"Gulf Regional Economic Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities"

Qatar Economic Forum

May 24, 2023

  • Panelist


La réconciliation entre Téhéran et Riyad a peu de chance de sauver l’économie iranienne

Le Monde

April 20, 2023

  • Interviewed by Ghazal Golshiri


"Qatar-Iran Ties Deepen Amid Shifting Regional Consensus"

Middle East Institute - National University of Singapore 

August 17, 2022

  • Interviewed by Clemens Chay 

Close call between Iran and US naval ships in Strait of Hormuz

The World - PRI

June 21, 2022

  • Interviewed by Carol Hills 

Why a terror designation is the last sticking point in Iran-US talks

CNN

March 28, 2022

  • Quoted by Mostafa Salem and Nadeen Ebrahim 


"From Washington to Tehran: Doha’s Diplomacy at Work"

ISPI

February 3, 2022

  • Commentary 

"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 & 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 plays diplomatic hardball ahead of enrichment deadline”

Al Jazeera

July 8, 2019

  • Quoted by Ted Regencia

“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 

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