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‘American Arms and Iranian Ambitions: The evolving approach towards arming the Shah’s Iran’
My research examines the immense and unprecedented arms deals agreed between the Shah of Iran and successive American Presidents in the 1970s, the developments of the 1960’s between the Shah and the Kennedy and Johnson administrations that paved the way for those deals, and the resulting implications of all the aforementioned on the wider American approach to the Persian Gulf within the Cold War structure
Scholarship on Iran generally clusters around the post World War Two period ending with the 1953 CIA sponsored coup, and then fast-forwards to an examination of the 1979 Islamic revolution and events thereafter. Detailed analysis of events and developments between these periods regarding Iran is sparse and generally unfocused, something my thesis is designed purposefully in response to, and is intended to be the basis for further early career research.
My thesis utilises recently declassified government documents, and is the result of significant fieldwork in the United States.
Away from my thesis I maintain an active interest in contemporary American foreign policy towards Iran and the Middle East, the wider disciplines of international relations and diplomatic history (being something of an interdisciplinarian in that sense), and the international relations of the European Union.
I have delivered full lectures, coordinated seminars, and/or conducted grading for the following modules:
- Introduction to European Integration (Year 1)
- Introduction to Globalisation (Year 1)
- Introduction to International Political Studies (Year 1)
- Global Justice (Year 2)
- The EU and European Security (Year 3)
'Richard Nixon's Road to Tehran: The Making of the U.S.-Iran Arms Agreement of May 1972', Diplomatic History, (Forthcoming 2013)
'Lyndon B. Johnson and Arms Credit Sales to Iran: 1964-1968', Middle East Journal. (Forthcoming 2013).
'Building a Client State: American Arms Policies Towards Iran, 1950-1963', Central European Journal of International and Security Studies, 6: 2 (July 2012).
'Iran's Nuclear Ambitions Under the Shah and Ayatollahs: Strikingly Analogous but More Dangerous', Small Wars Journal, (March 2012). (co-authored with Jamsheed K. Choksy).
‘Neoconservatism and American Foreign Policy’, Politikon: The IAPSS Journal of Political Science, Vol 16, 1 (October, 2010).
Selected Non-Refereed Articles
'Archival Research in the Age of Wikileaks', e-International Relations, September 2011.
'Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the Elephants in the Room', The Heptagon Post, June 2011.
'American Ascendance, British Retreat, and the rise of Iran in the Persian Gulf', e-International Relations, November 2010
‘Why Attacking Iran is Still Completely Nuts’, published online on openDemocracy and in the India Times, August 2010.
‘The Iranian Nuclear Deadlock’, Global Politics Magazine, July 2010.
As Lead Editor of e-International Relations I write frequent editorials and book reviews. Some examples:
I am Lead Editor of the leading online international relations journal, e-International Relations and a 2010 recipient of a Ford Foundation grant for archival research in the United States.
PhD Candidate, Cardiff University, 2008-2012.
Thesis title: ‘American Arms and Iranian Ambitions: The evolving approach towards arming the Shah’s Iran’
MSc (with Distinction) International Relations, Cardiff University, 2008. Thesis title: ‘Iran’s Quest to Become a Regional Hegemon’
BSc (honours) Modern History and Politics, Cardiff University, 2007.