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Research at the Centre is carried out in a wide range of areas relating to the politics, political economy, history and international relations of the Middle East and Central Asia.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil) students

Behazin Jafari - Topic: Reza Shah, reform and discontent

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students

Maryam Rashid Al-Kater

Research scholar

Email: Maryam.al-khater@anu.edu.au

Research Interests:

Political and international relations of the Middle East, media and international affairs, the effect of media on politics, the effect of new media on the Middle East uprisings - 'Arab Spring'. Thesis title: Twitter’s Effect on Political Dialogue within and among the GCC Countries

Zaid Alsalami

Research scholar

Email: Zaid.Alsalami@anu.edu.au

Research Interests:

The Philosophy of Mir Damad

Shuhrat Baratov

Research scholar

Email: Shuhrat.Baratov@anu.edu.au

Research Interests:

International Relations, international security and alliances, politics of identity and security, Central Asian studies. Thesis title: Foreign policy and politics of identity: The case of Tajikistan's relations with Uzbekistan.

Shuhrat has submitted his thesis for examination.

Samuel Blanch

Research scholar

Email: Sam.Blanch@anu.edu.au

Research Interests:

The sociology and anthropology of religion (especially Islam), political theory, socio-legal studies, secularisation and modernisation theory, intersections between secular social theory and theology.

Aminat Chokobaeva

Research scholar

Email: Aminat.Chokobaeva@anu.edu.au

Research Interests:

The role of the 1916 'Great Revolt' of Central Asia in shaping national identity in Soviet and post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan.

Aminat has submitted her thesis.

Damian Doyle

Research scholar

Research Interests:

A social movement approach to understanding the al-Tayyar al-Sadri (Sadrist Trend) in Iraq

Xiaoli Victoria Guo

Research scholar

Email: Xiaoli.Guo@anu.edu.au

Research Interests:

China’s Middle East policy, Turkey’s foreign policy,China-Turkey Relations, The 'One Belt, One Road' initiative.

Beth Harris

Research scholar

Research Interests:

Western travel writing on Central Asia

Anas Iqtait

Research scholar

Email: Anas.Iqtait@anu.edu.au

Research Interests:

Palestinian-Israeli conflict, economic and international relations of the Middle East, political economy of development and international donations, aid rentierism, state formation in fragile and post-conflict states.

Firouzeh Khoshnoudiparast

Research scholar

Email: Firouzeh.Khoshnoudiparast@anu.edu.au

Research Interests:

'The Diplomatic Theory of International Relations: Iranian Diplomacy and Negotiating Behaviours'.

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