DURHAM UNIVERSITY

Durham University, founded in 1832, is the third oldest university in England and has been a leading European centre of learning for 1,000 years. The University is currently ranked a top five UK university and 92nd in QS world ranking (2014). The University has over 17,500 students (of whom 3,500 are postgraduate and 3,000 international students from over 120 countries) and employs over 3,500 staff. The University is engaged in a full range of higher educational activities, including high-quality teaching and learning at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, advanced research and scholarship, partnerships with businesses and other private and public sector bodies, and partnerships and initiatives with community and voluntary sector organizations. It provides a stimulating environment to nourish and support the needs of a world-class academic community. Durham University is one of the UK’s leading research universities and has been successfully involved, both as a partner and a co-ordinator, in a large number of international and Framework Programme projects (more recently FP7 and Horizon 2020). University staff readily engage in international research collaborations through visiting and joint project grants awarded by the UK’s prestigious Royal Society and the British Council, as well as the Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) projects. The University hosts several internationally renowned Research Institutes that attract and engage best quality researchers from all over the world. The School of Government and International Affairs (SGIA) is a top ten Politics/International Relations department in the UK and boasts of internationally recognized research expertise in European institutions, Euro–Maghreb relations, politics, and international relations of the Middle East region. SGIA’s research excellence in regional studies is reflected in the structure of research activity. Research is consolidated in two research ‘peaks’, ‘The Politics of the Muslim World’ and ‘Conflict and Ethics’, and manifested through distinct units including the Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World (CASAW), the al-Sabah Programme for Regional Politics and International Security, the Durham Centre for Islamic Economics and Finance, and the recently established Durham Global Security Institute (DGSi). These units facilitate interdisciplinary research with other Durham University units (such as University Research Institutes in Hazard, Risk and Resilience, and Energy and the Global Policy Institute), and are fora for enhancing relations with external partners.

The Research Team

Anoush Ehteshami
Anoush Ehteshami
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 Internationalization (2009–2011) and was the founding Head of the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University (2004–2009). 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 23 books and monographs, he also has over 100 articles in learned journals and edited volumes to his name.

He is editor of three major book series on the Middle East and the wider Muslim world, and is on the editorial board of five international journals. He is a regular contributor to global news networks—print, online, radio, and television.

Ariabarzan Mohammadighalehtaki
Ariabarzan Mohammadighalehtaki
Ariabarzan Mohammadighalehtaki is a Research Assistant in the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University. He holds a Master in Middle East Studies (MA) and a Doctorate in Middle East Studies (PhD) from Durham University. In his previous position as a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Government and International Affairs (2013-2015), He has contributed to research projects on topics related to the Persian Gulf Studies. Ariabarzan has a general academic interest in international relations and the MENA politics. Specifically, his research interest focuses on the changing role and influence of eight key powers (the US, Russia and China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Turkey, and Israel) in the Mediterranean. He has participated in numerous international conferences, workshops and seminars. His recent publication is The Path Dependent Nature of Factionalism in Post-Khomeini Iran and a co-Edited work to be published with Routledge: Nuclear Politics in Asia.