Tag Archive: IR

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on the Islamic Republic of Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part VI

And here’s the final part: conclusions from my thesis on the Iranian Diaspora This quote was not included in my thesis, but it very clearly synthesizes my primary conclusion: “Western support of a… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part IV

In this, the fourth portion of my thesis, you’ll find the first of my two primary research methods: Mapping the Iranian Diaspora. — Mapping the Iranian Diaspora Pre-1979 Prior to the Islamic Revolution… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part III

Here is the next portion from my thesis: The Research Design; Theoretical Framework and Methodology; and Hypotheses. — The Research Design When considering whether or not the Iranian Diaspora can impact the regime… Continue reading

FIGHTIN’ WORDS: America’s Rhetoric and Policies against Iran: Comparing the Bush and Obama Administrations

This was written under the supervision of Tally Helfont in the summer of 2010 at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.  It was then published by the Journal of Undergraduate International Studies (University of… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part II

Here is the next chunk from my thesis: the Lit Review.  While there is a trove of information out there on immigration and individual countries’ responses to it, there is very little on… Continue reading

Iranian Expatriates & Their Impact on Iran: An Undergraduate Thesis in International Relations, Part I

In the next series of posts, I’ll be sharing portions of my senior thesis in International Relations.  It would not have been possible without the support of my adviser, Dr. Anna Viden, as… Continue reading

Two Accounts of the Outbreak of the Iran-Iraq War: The Economist vs. TIME

As I’ve mentioned before, courses on Iran at Penn were hard to come by.  Finally, in my final semester as an undergrad, Professor Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet–an Iranian expat and historian–offered NELC282: Iran, Iraq, and… Continue reading

Two Takes on Power in the Middle East: A Joint Book Review

Another book review for Dr. Vitalis’s PSCI211: Politics of the Contemporary Middle East, this piece evaluates two different books about power centralization in the Middle East.  Ironically, it was only during and after… Continue reading

The Lynch Menace: A Review of ‘The Arab Uprising’

In the Fall of 2012, I took Dr. Robert’s Vitalis’s course PSCI211: Politics of the Contemporary Middle East.  Dr. Vitalis is well-known at Penn for having…shall we say…a loud personality.  These are the… Continue reading

Drug Trafficking Part II: Cocaine and Cannabis Herb in North America

Here is the second part of my study of drug trafficking in my freshman year.  It focuses on the North American corridor, and for this reason focuses only on cocaine and marijuana (not… Continue reading

Drug Trafficking Part I: A Global Pandemic

In my very first semester at Penn, I took a freshman seminar on International Development, FRSM106, taught by Dr. Richard Estes.  By the end of it, each of us in the class had… Continue reading

Iran-Pakistan Relations

This is my term paper for Dr. Spooner’s NELC281: Iran, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.  This extended research work delves into the history of diplomatic and economic ties between two Islamic republics: Iran and Pakistan.… Continue reading

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