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Professor Anoush Ehteshami, BA (Hons) in Social Sciences, PhD in Politics, FAcSS, FRSA

Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 45662
Room number: IM220, Al-Qasimi Building
Special Advisor to the Islamic Crimnal Justice Project in the Centre for Criminal Law & Justice

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Professor Anoush Ehteshami is Professor of International Relations in the School of Government and International Affairs, Durham University. He is also the Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Chair in International Relations and Director of the HH Sheikh Nasser al-Mohammad al-Sabah Programme in International Relations, Regional Politics and Security. He is, further, Director of the Institute for Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies (IMEIS) at Durham, one of the oldest and noted centres of excellence in Middle Eastern studies in Europe. He acts as Co-director (2016-2021) of the £3.9 million AHRC-funded Open Worlds Initiative entitled Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community. Previously (2006-2016), he acted as Joint Director of the nationally (RCUK)-funded Durham-Edinburgh-Manchester Universities’ research and training Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW).

He was Durham University’s first Dean of Internationalization, 2009-2011, and was the founding Head of the School of Government and International Affairs (2004-9). He has been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and served as a member of the WEF’s foremost body, the Global Agenda Councils, 2010-12, focusing on energy. He was Vice-President and Chair of Council of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2000-2003. He is Editor of two major book series on the Middle East and the wider Muslim world, and is member of Editorial Board of seven international journals.

Research Groups

Durham Energy Institute

Research Interests

  • International relations of the Middle East
  • Persian Gulf
  • Security and strategic studies of the Middle East

Indicators of Esteem

  • 2002: Fellow of the World Economic Forum. Have acted as consultant to the RAND Corporation; External Relations DG, European Commission; Oxford Analytica; International Institute for Startegic Studies. In 2002/3: Member, Panel of Experts, Global Survey of Civil-:


Authored book

Chapter in book

  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2012). 'MENA Region: Security and Regional Governance'. In Comparative Regional Security Governance. Breslin, Shaun & Croft, Stuart Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge. 131-153.
  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2010). 'Iranian Perspectives on the Global Elimination of Nuclear Weapons'. In National Perspectives on Nuclear Disarmament: Unblocking the Road to Zero. Blechman, Barry M. & Bollfrass, Alexander, K. Stimson Centre. 87-112.
  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2009). 'Iran's Regional Policies since the End of the Cold War'. In Contemporary Iran. Gheissari, Ali New York: Oxford University Press. 324-348.
  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2006). . In The Iraq Crisis and World Order: Structural, Institutional and Normative Challenge. Thakur, Ramesh & Sidhu, Waheguru Pal Singh United Nations University Press.
  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2006). '2005: The Year of Crisis in Iran'. In Gulf Yearbook 2005-2006. Sagar, Abdulaziz, Koch, Christian & Ibrahim, Hasanain Tawfiq Dubai: Gulf Research Center. 349-355.
  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2006). 'The Future of Iran's Defense and Nuclear Policy'. In Iranian Challenges. Posch, Walter EU Institute for Security Studies. 73-85.
  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2006). 'The Middle east and Security Strategy'. In Security Strategy and Transatlantic Relations. Dannreuther, Roland & Peterson, John London: Routledge. 78-96.
  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2006). 'The Middle East: Between Ideology and Geopolitics'. In The Bush Doctrine and the War on Terrorism: Global Responses, Global Consequences. Buckley, Mary & Singh, Robert Routledge. 104-120.
  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2005). 'GCC-Iran Relations'. In Gulf Yearbook 2004. Dubai: Gulf Research Center. 181-186.
  • Ehteshami, Anoush (2005). 'Iran, the GCC and Europe: Alternative Strategies'. In A Window of Opportunity: Europe, Gulf Security and the Aftermath of the Iraq War. Koch, Christian & Neugart, Felix Dubai: Gulf Research Centre. 39-52.
  • Ehteshami, A. (2005). 'Islam as a Political Force in International Relations'. In Islam in World Politics. Lahoud, Nelly & Johns, Anthony London: Routledge. 29-53.
  • Ehteshami A (2002). 'The Foreign Policy of Iran'. In The Foreign Policies of Middle East States. Hinnebusch, Raymond A. & Ehteshami A Boulder, Co.: Lynne Rienner. 283-309.
  • Ehteshami, A (2002). Tehran's Tocsin. In Contemporary Nuclear Debates: Missile Defense, Arms Control, and Arms Races in the Twenty-First Century. Lennon, Alexander T.J. MIT Press. 151-157.
  • Ehteshami A (2002). The Middle East� � Iran and Israel. In Foreign Policy in a Transformed World. Mark Webber & Michael Smith Prentice-Hall. 255-286.

Edited book

  • Ehteshami, Anoushiravan & Miyagi, Yukiko (2015). The Emerging Middle East- East Asia Nexus. Durham Modern Middle East and Islamic World Series, 36. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
  • Ehteshami, Anoushiravan. & Zweiri, Mahjoob. (2008). Iran's Foreign Policy: From Khatemi to Ahmadinejad. Garnet Publishing, Limited.
  • Ehteshami, Anoushiravan. & Wright, Steven. (2008). Reform in the Middle East Oil Monarchies. Ithaca Press.

Journal Article


Working Paper

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Religion: Islamic fundamentalism
  • International: Defence & disputes: Middle Eastern politics
  • International: Defence & disputes: security & strategic affairs
  • International: Defence & disputes: international defence-related issues (nuclear proliferation, etc.)
  • International: Defence & disputes: Islamic fundamentalism
  • International: Defence & disputes: Arab-Israeli relations
  • International: Politics, institutions & law: Middle East
  • International: Politics, institutions & law: Central Asia
  • International: Politics, institutions & law: defence
  • Middle East: Iran, Iraq & other Gulf states
  • Middle East: Islamic fundamentalism
  • Middle East: Politics of the Red Sea


Selected Grants

  • 2016: Co-director (2016-2021) of the £3.9 million AHRC-funded Open Worlds Initiative entitled Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community
  • 2016: Cross-Language Dynamics: Reshaping Community (OWRI) (£330663.58 from AHRC)
  • 2016: H2020-MEDRESET: A comprehensive, integrated,and bottom-up approach to reset our understanding of the Mediterranean space, remap the region and reconstruct inclusive, responsive and flexible EU policies in it. (£131665.17 from European Commission)

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