The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Ali. M. Ansari, Professor of Iranian History, the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Ali M. Ansari is Professor of Iranian History and the Founding Director of the Institute for Iranian Studies at the University of St Andrews; Senior Associate Fellow, Royal United Services Institute; and President of the British Institute for Persian Studies

He is a prolific author, having written;  “Iran:  A Very Short Introduction,” 2014; “The Politics of Nationalism in Modern Iran,” 2012; “Crisis of Authority: Iran’s 2009 Presidential Election,” 2010; “Iran Under Ahmadinejad,” 2008; "Confronting Iran: the Failure of US Policy and the Roots of Mistrust,” 2006; “Modern Iran since 1921: the Pahlavis and After,” 2007; and “Iran, Islam & Democracy - The Politics of Managing Change,” 2006. He is also Editor of the Cambridge History of Iran, volume 8 (The Islamic Republic).

He holds a B.A. and Ph.D. (London).


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