“Every parliament has its own characteristics and they differ from one another, but when it comes to key foreign policy issues in Iran, continuity is the most appropriate word to use. The new parliament will create opportunities because newly elected officials in general bring new opportunities, but Iran will continue to pursue the policies that are in place at the moment. Iranian citizens feel quite satisfied with the foreign policy of the country, especially with the regional policy that is working quite effectively”, – Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Professor, University of Tehran.


“Over the years of our close cooperation, I ascertain that discussions promoted by PIR Center with the involvement of experts from different areas, like national administration, academic and military communities as well as non-governmental pundits, contribute to nonproliferation initiatives and to countering new challenges and threats to peace and security. PIR Center’s brainchild is in high-demand, and the Advisory Board conclusions and recommendations are important for ensuring our country’s interests and security. I acknowledge my willingness to become a member of the Advisory Board and participate in its work” - Victor Vasiliev, Plenipotentiary Representative of the Russian Federation to the Collective Security Treaty Organization.

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Name: Barzegar Kayhan
City: Iran, Tehran
Affiliation: Director, Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies
Position: Director
Biography :

Ph.D.  in International Relations from Islamic Azad University in Tehran. Has a B.S. in Political Science from Tehran University, an M.S. in Political Science from Shahid Beheshti University. 2002-2003 - Post-doctorate Research Fellow at the London School of Economics. 2007-2011 - Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs (Project on Managing the Atom/international Security Program). Since 2010 - a Research Associate at the MIT Center for International Studies. Currently - a Director of the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (IMESS) in Tehran and a faculty member and Chair of the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the Science and Research Branch of the Islamic Azad University. Participated in numerous international conferences on Iran's regional policy, the politics of Iran’s nuclear program, Iran-U.S. relations, and Iran-Arabs relations. The Editor-in-Chief of Discourse: An Iranian English Quarterly. PIR Center Advisory Board member since 2015.