About Me

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I am a senior research analyst at the National Iranian American Council, where I conduct research and write about US-Iran relations, Iranian politics and Middle East policy issues. Previously, I was a senior research specialist at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where I focused on nuclear and security policy issues related to the Middle East. Before that, I was an assistant editor at the DC-based Institute for Policy Studies, where I researched and wrote about the U.S. foreign policy establishment.

I have been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Al Monitor, Just Security, USA Today, Newsweek, Responsible Statecraft, the National Interest, Al Jazeera English, the Atlantic Council’s IranSource, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, Business Insider, Harvard University’s Belfer Center, Middle East Eye, the American Conservative, the Huffington Post, and the Washington Quarterly, among other outlets. I have appeared on or been quoted in in BBC World, PRI’s the World, Al Jazeera English, USA Today, the Guardian, Vox, and BBC Persian, among other outlets.

My research projects have dealt with U.S.-Iran relations, Iranian politics, the Iran nuclear deal, relations between Iran and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, the political economy of energy, sanctions policy, and the practice of international diplomacy and crisis management.

I hold an MA in international affairs from American University’s School of International Service, with a regional concentration in the Middle East. I completed my bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where I double majored in economics and political science.

This personal website serves as an archive for links to my writings and press and speaking appearances and provides ways to reach me through email and Twitter.