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School of Government & International Affairs


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

Professor, Director of the Al-Sabah Programme and Joint Director of the RCUK Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World in the School of Government and International Affairs
Special Advisor to the Islamic Crimnal Justice Project in the Centre for Criminal Law & Justice

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Professor Anoush Ehteshami is 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 Joint Director of the RCUK-funded centre of excellence, the Durham-Edinburgh-Manchester Universities’ Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), whose research focus since 2012 has been on the ‘Arab World in Transition’. He was the University’s Dean of Internationalisation, 2009-2011 and was the founding Head of the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University (2004-9). He has been a Fellow of the World Economic Forum, and was been elected in 2011 as a member of the WEF’s foremost body, the Global Agenda Councils. He was Vice-President and Chair of Council of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) 2000-2003. He has collaborative links with many international organizations, including the German-based Bertelsmann Foundation, the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, and the Gulf Research Centre, and has acted as Advisor and consultant to the International Crisis Group, and has been Governing Board Member of the International Dialogues Foundation in The Hague.

In addition to having published 21 books and monographs, he also has over 90 articles in learned journals and edited volumes to his name.

His current research revolves around five over-arching themes:

  • The Asian balance of power in the post-Cold War era.
  • The ‘Asianization’ of the Middle East and the wider international system.
  • Foreign and security policies of Middle East states since the end of the Cold War.
  • The impact of globalization on the Middle East.
  • Good governance, democratization efforts, in the Middle East.

Editor of three major book series on the Middle East and the wider Muslim world, and is member of Editorial Board of five international journals. He is a regular contributor to global news networks – print, online, radio and television.

Research Groups

Durham Energy Institute

  • Energy Policy Group

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. 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.

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