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Payam Mohseni

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124 Mt. Auburn Street Suite 190, Room 108
79 John F. Kennedy Street
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Payam Mohseni

Director of Iran Project and Fellow of Iran Studies

Contact:
Telephone: (617) 496-0461
Email: payam_mohseni@hks.harvard.edu
Website: http://payammohseni.com

 

Experience

Payam Mohseni is Inaugural Director of the Belfer Center's Iran Project and Fellow for Iran Studies at the Center. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University.

Mohseniís research focuses on the internal policymaking process of the Iranian state and the dynamics of factional politics in post-revolutionary Iran. Previously, Mohseni was a Research Fellow with the Belfer Center's International Security Program. Before that, he was a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University and a member of the Iran Study Group at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C. He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, and he obtained a B.A. in Development Studies from the University of California, Berkeley and an M.A. in Conflict, Security, and Development from the Department of War Studies at King's College London.

 

 

By Date

 

2014

June 23, 2014

Payam Mohseni Named Inaugural Director of Belfer Center's Iran Project

News

By Payam Mohseni, Director of Iran Project and Fellow of Iran Studies

Payam Mohseni, visiting assistant professor of Iranian and Middle East politics at Harvard University, has been named Iran Project Director and Fellow for Iran Studies at Harvard Kennedy Schoolís Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

 

 

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June 16, 2014

"ISIS Challenge in Iraq: Why America Should Work with Iran"

Op-Ed, The National Interest

By Payam Mohseni, Director of Iran Project and Fellow of Iran Studies

"The U.S. should seize the opportunity presented by the Iraq crisis to reach out and engage Iran. The threat posed by ISIS and radical jihadism as well as the potential for further regional instability represent important areas of mutual strategic concern for both countries. By engaging the Iranians, the U.S. will gain the critical ability to shape the course of events without getting bogged down in the conflict. It will also help the U.S. build a working relationship with Iran that could ease the current nuclear negotiations forward and lay the groundwork for future cooperation when a successful deal is reached."

 

2013

Morteza Ansari Photo

November 20, 2013

"Make No Mistake, America: Sanctions Didn't Force Iran into Nuclear Talks"

Op-Ed, Christian Science Monitor

By Payam Mohseni, Director of Iran Project and Fellow of Iran Studies

"...[S]anctions played a part in changing Iran's behavior, but not because they forced Iran to return to the negotiation table out of fear of economic collapse. Rather, sanctions contributed to a transformation of the balance of power within the Iranian political system that had been already underway since 2009 ó prior to the enactment of the current sanctions regime. Sanctions helped pave the way for a Rouhani victory in the 2013 presidential elections..."

 

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