Curriculum Vitae

Academic Experience

Middle East Security and Nuclear Policy Specialist at the Program on Science and Global Security (SGS) at Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

Associate Research Scholar at SGS

Graduate level lecturer at SGS

Visiting Research Scholar at SGS

Director of the International Research Department of the Strategic Research Faculty at the Center for Strategic Research (CSR)

Doctoral Lecturer at the Sciences and Research Center of the Islamic Azad University

Doctoral Lecturer at the Institute for Humanities and Cultural Studies at the Ministry of Science, Research and Technology

Education Background

Postdoctoral studies at Durham University, United Kingdom

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in International Relations, University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom

Master in International Relations, University of Tehran, Iran

Bachelor of Science in Engineering, Sacramento State University of California, United States and Science and Technology University of Tehran, Iran

Career History

Advisor to the President of Center for Strategic Research (CSR) at the Expediency Council of Iran

Vice President of CRS on International Affairs

  • Strategic policy advice through policy papers, seminars, roundtables and publishing books on major international issues for the Expediency Council of Iran.

Foreign Policy Advisor to the Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council of Iran (SNSC)

  • Provided recommendations and advice on key foreign policy issues

Spokesman for the Iranian nuclear negotiation team, affiliated to the SNSC and member of nuclear negotiation team with international community

  • Negotiating with EU, IAEA and international community to resolve the Iranian nuclear crisis and spokesperson for Iran’s nuclear policy.

Head of the Foreign Relations Committee at the SNSC

  • Dealing with all major foreign policy issues of Iran and preparing proposals for the Supreme National Security Council of Iran. Areas of focus include: Iraq, Afghanistan, nuclear energy, nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), Additional Protocol, Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), Chemical Weapon Conventions, Human Rights, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution, energy security, peace process in Middle East, regional relations, terrorism, humanitarian affairs, relations with the US and the West.

Iranian Ambassador to Germany

Director General of West Europe at the Foreign Ministry of Iran

  • Focus on bilateral relations with EU in economic, cultural, political and security affairs. Specific deliberations on regional and international issues between Iran and the EU such as terrorism, Human Rights, WMD and Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Head of Northern Europe Department at the Foreign Ministry of Iran

  • The same as above for relation with Northern Europe.

Chairman of the Administration Organization of Iranian Parliament

  • Managing all administrative and financial affairs of Iran’s Parliament with 270 MPs and about 500 employees.

Vice President of the Islamic Propagation Organization in Tehran, Iran

  • Responsible for planning, budget and organization affairs

Editor in Chief of Tehran Times Daily in Tehran, Iran


  • “US-Iran Relations: Developing a Basis for Resolving Iran-US Bilateral Disputes and for a Diplomatic Rapprochement,” published by Bloomsbury in 2014.
  • “Iranian Nuclear Crisis, A Memoir,” published by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in 2012.
  • “Challenges of Iran-West Relations,” published by Routledge Press in 2008.
  • “Additional Protocol and Islamic Republic’s Strategy,” published by the Center for Strategic Research (CSR) in 2008.
  • “Human Rights: Trends and Viewpoints,” published by CSR in March 2008.
  • “Iran-Germany Relations (1990-1997),” published by the Center for Strategic Research in 2006.
  • “Islamic Thinkers of Germany,” published by the Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) in 1995.
  • “Imam Khomeini: His Life and Leadership,” Saffron Publications in 1990.

Recent Publications

Recent Lectures

  • “Prospects for US-Iran Relations,” Carnegie Council, New York, December 13, 2012.
  • “A Great Partnership: Iran, Iraq and the GCC,” Forum for Arab and International Relations, Doha, December 2, 2012.
  • “Focus Iran: What Simulations of Crises?” Amadeus Institute, Tangier, November 16, 2012.
  • “Viability of Weapons of Mass Destruction Free Zone in the Middle East,” Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP), Geneva, November 11, 2012.
  • “Nuclear Terrorism,” Global Zero and the Russian International Affairs Council, Moscow, November 8, 2012.
  • “International and Regional Cooperation in the Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy,” the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium, Brussels, November 5, 2012.
  • “A Broad Deal to Resolve Iran’s Nuclear Dilemma,” Berlin Foreign Policy Forum, October 22, 2012.
  • “A Preemptive Strike on Iran? Economic and Geopolitical Consequences,” Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, October 11, 2012.
  • “How to rebuild US-Iran Relations,” American University, Washington DC, October 4, 2012.
  • “Iran’s Nuclear Program,” Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, September 5.
  • “The Changing Middle East: Implications for Regional and Global Politics,” East-West Institute, New York, July 11, 2012.
  • “Beyond the Headlines,” International Peace Institute, New York, June 12, 2012.
  • “Inside the Iranian Nuclear Crisis,” book launch of The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC, June 5, 2012.
  • “Meeting the Next Challenges on Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament,” Arms Control Association (ACA), Washington DC, June 4, 2012.
  • “The Crisis Over Iran’s Nuclear Program: Is a Diplomatic Solution Possible?” presentation with Frank von Hippel and R. Scott Kemp at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, March 6, 2012.

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