Lost in the furor over what Moscow did or did not do, and what effects it did or did not have, is the broader question of what this incident says about Russian intentions and aims. Just how unusual was it for great powers to interfere in a democracy’s electoral processes, and just how outraged should Americans be by the alleged activities?
Mahsa Rouhi is a postdoctoral fellow at International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom. She is also a research associate at MIT, Center for International Studies, where she has worked on various research projects since 2009.
She received her Ph.D. from King's College, University of Cambridge, UK. She received her B.A. in Economics from Shahid Beheshty University in Tehran, Iran, and her Master's Degree in Political Theory from University of Sheffield, UK.
She was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at University of Miami from 2014–2016 where she taught courses on security and diplomacy in IR, conflict resolution, Islam and politics, and foreign policy with special focus on the Middle East region. She was a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow and an associate with the International Security Program and the Project on Managing the Atom previously at the Belfer Center, 2010–2013. Her research primarily focuses on nuclear security and security policy in the Middle East region, Iran in particular. Her other research interests include energy security, Islam and politics, and civil-military relations.
She has published Op-Eds in National Interest and the Christian Science Monitor and serves as a consultant to national and international organizations. She conducts policy-relevant research as well as academic research.Last Updated: Jan 6, 2017, 12:57pm