Divsallar Abdolrasool

Abdolrasool (Farzam) Divsallar co-leads the Regional Security Initiative (RSI) at the Middle East Directions Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute (EUI). Prior to this, he was a Policy Leader Fellow at the EUI School of Transnational Governance, a senior fellow at the Institute for the Middle East Strategic Studies (2017-2019), and Director of the National Resource and Development Program (2009-2015) in Tehran. In addition, between 2005 and 2012, he worked as a researcher at both the Defense Industries Training and Research Institute and the Center for Strategic Studies of the Expediency Council. 
Divsallar holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Tehran. He has worked extensively on Iranian defense and security policy, great power politics in the Middle East, international security of the Persian Gulf, comparative regional security studies, and non-proliferation and disarmament. His works resulted in nine books and several papers in top international journals such as Washington Quarterly, British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies, and the International Spectator. European University Institute published his most recent co-edited book Stepping Away from the Abyss: A Gradual Approach Towards a New Security System in the Persian Gulf (2021). 

Email: abdolrasool.divsallar@unicatt.it
Twitter: @Divsallar
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8606-9911



Political Insecurity and the Prospects of Order in the Middle East
The course, a merger of security studies and Middle Eastern studies, follows two key objectives: First to provide the required analytical tools for better understanding of Iran's regional policy. And second, to provide a structured framework of analysis that helps students a deeper look at security issues in the Middle East. In this regard, the first part of the course deals with drivers, concepts, limits, and resources which are giving birth to Iranian foreign and security policy In the second part, the course attempts to see whether the Iran's case as a security-seeking state is unique in the Middle East or its part of a broader regional phenomenon. The course explores the ways in which such approaches are shaping and changing Tehran's security policy in particular its defence doctrine, relations with US/EU, and its alliance making with Russia and China.  


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