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Payam Mohseni

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Payam Mohseni

Research Fellow, International Security Program

Telephone: 617-496-0461
Fax: 617-496-0606



Payam Mohseni is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the International Security Program. He is also a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University. His research focuses on Middle Eastern and Iranian politics, authoritarianism and hybrid regimes, and the political economy of development. Previously, Mohseni 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.



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November 20, 2013

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

Op-Ed, Christian Science Monitor

By Payam Mohseni, Research Fellow, International Security Program

"...[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 — 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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