Abdolrasool Divsallar is a Programme Associate at the Middle East Directions Programme of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and a Policy Leader Fellow at the School of Transnational Governance in the European University Institute. He is also an Adjunct Professor in Middle Eastern Studies at the Graduate School of Universita’ Cattolica (ASERI), teaching courses on ‘political insecurity in MENA region’ and ‘Iranian strategic culture.’
Previously, Divsallar was a senior fellow at the Institute for Middle East Strategic Studies (2017-2019), Deputy Director of the Kish Institute of Science and Technology (2013-2014), and Director of the National Resource and Development Program (2009-2015) in Tehran. In 2006-2012 he worked as a research fellow at the Center for Strategic Studies of Expediency Council then headed by current President Hassan Rouhani.
Divsallar holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Tehran and is specialized on Iranian issues. His main research interests include Iran’s military-security policy, comparative threat perception, and Persian Gulf security order. He is the author of ‘Understanding Iranian Military Environment’ (2008), and ‘Reflections on the Idea of Progress’ (2017). His latest book ‘Paradox of Security-Development Nexus in Iran’ is due to be released in 2020, while his peer-reviews, policy briefs, and op-eds regularly appear in international and Persian outlets. Currently, he is working on ‘the European Approach to Iran Crisis’ and ‘Future Security System in the Persian Gulf.’