Abdolrasool Divsallar is a Programme Associate at the Middle East Direction Programme of Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies in European University Institute (EUI), where he conducts researches on Iran's security policy and threat perception dynamics in the Middle East. Previously he was a senior fellow at the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies in Tehran (2017-2019), and director of National Resource and Development Program (2009-2015) which is a non-governmental fund dedicated to studying security implications of resource distribution models in Iran. Prior to that he was a research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies (2006-2012), then headed by current President Hassan Rouhani.
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.