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Mohammad Ali Shabani is an award-winning Middle East expert and scholar. He is a PhD candidate at SOAS/University of London and Iran Pulse Editor at Al-Monitor. He also works as an independent political risk consultant. While based in Europe, he frequently travels to the Middle East.

His commentary and analysis have appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Foreign Affairs, CNN, BBC World News, Al Jazeera English, the National Interest, LobeLog and Al-Monitor. He is also regularly interviewed by leading print, radio and television outlets.


Mohammad Ali Shabani is Iranian-born and educated in Britain. He holds a BA in International Relations and a MSc in Middle East Politics. He is currently a Doctoral Researcher at SOAS, University of London where he focuses on Iranian foreign policy.

He has extensive experience in Iran, where he previously worked with both media and policy. He was Editor of the Iranian Review of Foreign Affairs, Iran's premier English-language foreign policy journal, published by the Institute for Strategic Research Journals. He has also conducted research at Iran's leading think tank, the Center for Strategic Research and worked with the Institute for Political & International Studies' English-language academic journal, Iranian Journal of International Affairs.

He has spent time in the Arab world as well, including Egypt, where he conducted research at the prestigious Al-Ahram Center for Political & Strategic Studies.

He is fluent in Persian, English and Swedish, and has knowledge of Arabic, Dari, French and Spanish.

In the News

For an overview of Mohammad Ali Shabani’s work, have a look at some of his commentary in the New York Times [NY Edition 1,2 / International Edition 3,4], the Guardian [1, 2], the National Interest [article archive] and columns for Al-Monitor [profile page].

Other noted samples of his analysis include his take on the objectives of Iran’s “Dignity Diplomacy” for Foreign Affairs, his groundbreaking warning of the impact of sanctions on Iranian medicine imports for Al Jazeera English, and early prediction of the low chances of a nuclear deal prior to Iran’s 2013 presidential election for Lobelog. For samples of TV appearances, see him on Becky Anderson’s “Connect the World” and Christiane Amanpour’s show on CNN.


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